| Leo Tolstoy
said that "everyone is trying to change the world, but no one ever
thinks of trying to change themselves."
A few weeks
ago, a very important decision was made to take an important step
regarding changing "ourselves" for the future of AAPG. The Executive
Committee approved the acquisition and implementation of two new
important software packages that will be the cornerstone for future
comprehensive review of software utilized by professional associations
and societies, AAPG's IT subcommittee recommended iMIS for the association
management software, and Great Plains, for the accounting functions.
past 20 years, AAPG has had one of the top custom association software
programs in the industry built on an AS400 platform.
AAPG's IT department has done a great job of keeping up with the
needs and demands of AAPG members, new off-the-shelf association
software packages have surpassed our in-house system and do not
require the constant custom development and related expenses.
is a Microsoft financial product with an excellent reputation in
the not-for-profit industry. It will serve AAPG and the AAPG Foundation
financial reporting requirements extremely well.
Management Information Systems is one of the most widely used software
for societies and associations. The software, developed over 10
years ago by ASI (Advanced Solutions International), is utilized
by over 2,400 organizations. In the review process, iMIS kept coming
up as the primary software being used by many societies, including
several of our sister societies such as SEG and GSA.
of iMIS as association management software can be traced to four
complete, professionally packaged end-to-end business and e-business
system, built to manage almost every aspect of AAPG.
should not become obsolete, because iMIS is always upgradeable.
Solutions International, iMIS creator, has a goal and vision to
increase user productivity while making the product easier to
specialized service and support that have won industry-wide recognition.
associated with these choices was very carefully considered. The
total cost for the software, implementation and new hardware is
approximately $500K. However, AAPG and the AAPG Foundation anticipates
a payback for the new system in two to four years when considering
cost savings and comparing the costs associated with upgrading and
maintaining AAPG's current system.
time for completion of the implementation is the first week in July.
benefits AAPG and its members will receive from the new iMIS and
Great Plains software include:
effective Web-based solutions, which will allow for the Internet
to become the central portal for conducting business and communicating
AAPG members and staff to perform tasks and create reports and
events on the Web without relying on AAPG's IT department.
and streamlined efficiency in AAPG's business, membership and
sales and marketing activities using technology to deliver strategic,
communication among multiple databases that requires back-and-forth
integration between the management system and various Web and
can currently register for the annual meeting in Dallas and pay
dues online. The iMIS system will provide members with maximum Internet
access to most of AAPG's services and products, including the ability
for each member to check and update their membership files.
live in a constantly changing world. AAPG is continually exploring
ways to change with member needs and make AAPG products and services
better, easier and less expensive to access.