So you’ve decided that your association needs a new association management system. Maybe your association has grown over the past few years and you’re moving from an offline database to a hosted solution. Or maybe you have an AMS, but aren’t satisfied with how it’s performing. Either way, you’re tired of those administrative headaches and need a solution, fast.
But where do you even begin when it comes to selecting an AMS? Well, in order to make the right selection for your association, you need to identify key requirements up front. Consider the following:
Use your existing system as a starting place. What processes are you using now that need to be replicated? What features need to be improved upon or added altogether? Consider dues renewal, event management, membership management, and your website. Make a list of the features that are essential, as well as the items that would be nice, but that you could live without.
It’s also important to define your timeline under these key requirements. Do you have a big event coming up or an end-of-quarter deadline to consider? These factors will have an effect on the AMS evaluation process.
As you may know, an AMS can be a substantial financial commitment. Many AMS providers offer a range of pricing based on functionality, so it’s important to include your budget in the key requirements. This will prevent you from wasting time on software providers that are simply out of your price range from the beginning.
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