Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 22, 2013
NiUG, the largest independent, international users group in the not-for-profit software industry, today announced that it attained record attendance at the eighth annual Discovery Conference held October 7 - 9 in Baltimore, MD. More than 380 iMIS users, solution providers, consultants and vendors participated in 46 educational sessions, training classes and networking events. The 16th annual iMIS User Group event also attracted 24 sponsors — including Advanced Solutions International (ASI) and WBT Systems as platinum sponsors — and featured 34 companies in the interactive exhibitor showcase.
The iMIS Community’s must-attend, three-day event began on Monday, October 7 for 200 users who participated in pre-conference training. The full conference began on Tuesday and was filled with informative, engaging sessions designed to show iMIS users how to boost engagement, enhance security, simplify web management, automate business processes, expand social marketing, and launch mobile websites.
The new capabilities of the iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ created a real buzz among conference attendees. iMIS 20 includes constituent management, self-service, fundraising, social engagement, private communities, web management and mobile access in one seamless cloud-based system. With iMIS 20, organizations can engage constituents and staff anytime, anywhere, from any device.
“This marked an important year for the iMIS Community with the introduction of iMIS 20,” said NiUG Executive Director, Michele Morgan. “Our staff and the Program Committee did an amazing job of putting together a comprehensive conference agenda that showcased the new iMIS 20 features while still providing the vital educational programming iMIS users all types and sizes urgently need. The quality of the programs showed in our attendance numbers and on session evaluations.”
“The NiUG Discovery Conference is an essential event for the iMIS Community -- it’s where users go for the extensive training they require. For ASI, it’s an opportunity to announce new features, share best practices, and reveal our roadmap for the future,” said Bob Alves, ASI Chairman and CEO. “Most importantly, it’s where we go to listen to what our clients have to say about the challenges they’re overcoming and the results they’re achieving. The success stories we’ve heard this year have been inspiring and we’re very proud to have helped our clients improve their organizational performance so they’re better able to accomplish these great things!”
GREAT THINGS AWARD
Each year, ASI recognizes clients who are using iMIS to help further their missions and accomplish “great things.” This year’s recipients included:
JOHN HOWARTH MEMORIAL AWARD
NiUG presents this annual award to recognize those who represent its mission with passion, persistence, optimism and grace under pressure. The 2013 award recipients were Tammy Weisenberger of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Melissa Mack of Intuitive Business Concepts who have distinguished themselves in service to the iMIS Community.
To become a NiUG International member, organizations can apply online, contact membership@NiUG.org or call +1.866.301.6484. Options include Regular memberships for iMIS user-based organizations, Associate memberships for authorized iMIS solution providers or consultants, and Vendor memberships for firms offering products or services to the NiUG community that do not qualify for associate membership. Staff within NiUG member organizations can take advantage of all member benefits, including reduced rates for training and conference registrations.
NiUG is an independent, international, not-for-profit Users Group, which exists to advocate, educate and connect users, Authorized Solution Providers/Consultants (AiSPs/AiCs) and vendors in the iMIS community. To learn more, visit http://www.NiUG.org.
Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognized global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.
ASI is the provider of iMIS 20, an Engagement Management System (EMS)™ that enables organizations to engage members, donors, and other constituents anytime, anywhere, from any device. It includes constituent management, constituent self-service, online fundraising, social engagement, private communities, and mobile access in one seamless cloud-based system. Plus, iMIS 20 has the flexibility to work with your existing Content Management System (CMS) or — for many organizations — the power to manage your entire website. This eliminates costly integration efforts, enables you to gather better constituent intelligence, and helps you make smarter business decisions.
iMIS 20 signals the end of the era of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Association Management Software (AMS), Donor Management Software, and Fundraising Management Software. It's optimized to replace association software, membership software, and fundraising software systems that rely on the inefficient integration of multiple, disparate systems. iMIS 20 simplifies technology needs, boosts constituent engagement, and improves organizational performance.