Stop throwing money at your old association management software

Beth Farrar

August 19, 2019

    Evaluate the cost of maintaining your current system versus buying a new AMS with modern features.

    Eventually, you realize the cost of maintaining an old car and the risk of it breaking down just aren’t worth it anymore. It’s the same with legacy member management software.

    Have you ever had a really old car? At first, you decide to keep it because it seems cheaper than buying a new one. But eventually, you realize the cost of maintaining it, the risk of it breaking down, and the lack of modern features just aren’t worth it anymore.

    It’s the same with your legacy association management software (AMS). Besides the fact that your old software might not be keeping pace as your association grows, it’s likely costing more than modern software in ways you haven’t even thought about.

    Consider these questions as you think about your old-school software:

    Why are you still paying to upgrade your software?

    With older software, you might pay as much as tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for each product upgrade. Your organization might decide to wait years between upgrades due to the costs, resulting in your software that’s even more outdated.

    But today, there’s no need to pay for software upgrades. With a modern system like Nimble AMS, you get continuous delivery – a painless way to implement new features and functionality at no additional expense. Nimble AMS is the only enterprise-level association management system to offer continuous delivery. Using this method, the Nimble AMS team provides a continuous stream of upgrades and innovation. All customers are always using the same version of the latest technology without hassles and extra costs.

    Why are you still paying to fix broken software customizations?

    With outdated software, costs don’t always end at the cost of the product upgrade itself. With older software, customizing the product to your specific needs often requires hiring a developer. Paying for these software development services can become especially expensive when customizing complex processes.

    But there’s more. Customizing the product involves modifying the source code. And these modifications may “break” when the product is upgraded to a new version. Those breaks sometimes require your organization to pay still more for your customizations to be modified to work with the latest version of the software.

    With modern software, there’s none of that. In fact, Nimble AMS is built with the philosophy that the product will need to be tailored in countless ways in the future. Using this approach, Nimble AMS makes it easy for just about anyone to create new functionality with clicks, not code. So, you have a system that meets your needs without the added cost of custom coding. This approach also enables the continuous stream of upgrades, while keeping all customers on the latest version of the technology without the risk of breaking their solution.

    Why are you investing in training employees on outdated software?

    Your organization invests time and dollars in training employees on your AMS. Throwing that investment at yesterday’s software is like throwing it away.

    Older software simply doesn’t offer the efficiencies and capabilities of today’s software – such as point-and-click process automation and artificial intelligence, mobile accessibility, and an easy-to-use interface. Not to mention, you might lose more employees faster as they seek to work at organizations with more modern software that makes their jobs easier and gives them more marketable skills.

    But today, you can use Nimble AMS, built on the Salesforce platform. There are many reasons for associations to love Salesforce. But one of the most attractive is its training options. It offers the Salesforce Trailhead online learning environment, a strong and supportive user community, and certifications that are highly desirable in today’s workplace. This helps you attract and retain top talent by offering your employees skills and certifications to help them grow their careers.

    Take the next step

    If you’re tired of throwing your organization’s money at outdated software, you have options:

    1. Take 15 minutes to learn why Nimble AMS is the most in-demand AMS built on the Salesforce CRM platform. Join us for a live, 15-minute group demo

    2. Get your board on board to approve budget for new association technology. Watch the webinar, “Gaining Board Approval for Budget for New Technology” and read the paper, “Gaining Board Approval for Technology Budget.”

    Got 15 minutes? Learn how Nimble AMS can help your organization increase revenue.

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