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2016 ASAE Technology Conference and Expo

 ⌚️❄️⌚️❄️ ⌚️❄️ ⌚️❄️  It’s the holiday season; indulge in everything, not excluding technological trends, professional advancement, and nostalgic video games. Right around the corner is the 2016 ASAE Technology Conference and Expo held on December 13-14 in National Harbor, MD at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, which is a superb opportunity to do all of the above.  

By Mary Glavin | December 7, 2016
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Bridging the Education to Employment Gap

With many millennials having challenges finding the right work opportunities, associations are uniquely positioned to support them by offering education opportunities. By offering industry specific education opportunities, associations are able to address the workforce needs of their current members while also providing the knowledge to their newest potential members. A recent white paper by Shelly Alcorn, CAE, Principal, Alcorn Associates Management Consulting, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC called,…

By Justin Burniske | September 29, 2016
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AMSFest – Up close with an AMS

fusionSpan was at AMSFest, put on by Teri Carden, founder of ReviewMyAMS.com. It’s an intimate event where association professionals can get an up-close look at a bunch of different AMS (association management systems) vendors all in one place. They also can talk with industry partners (like fusionSpan) about what the trends are and what they should have on their radar. Very informative for both organizations beginning the process of moving to a new AMS as…

By Justin Burniske | September 22, 2016
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PODCAST: Salesforce with Kristan Singleton

Salesforce, by its very name, sounds like a product that only for-profit companies can leverage. Yet, as Kristen Singleton –  Director of Tools and Technologies at Education Resource Strategies (ERS) – explains, Salesforce can play a significant role in the information management at non-profit organizations as well. On this podcast we discuss how ERS is leveraging Salesforce, challenges they faced in transitioning to using a CRM, as well as several of the features ERS has started using that go beyond just…

By Justin Burniske | September 1, 2016
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Why help desk ticket systems aren’t just for IT

Everyone gets complaints. Complaints about their service, complaints about their products, complaints about the cost, complaints about the noise (more on that last one in a minute). Which is why at fusionSpan we have a help desk system that allows us to track everything. A help desk allows us to both ensure we’re following up on all our customers’ issues, as well as tracking the kind of issues we’re getting. Yet most non-technology departments are not using…

By Justin Burniske | August 25, 2016
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PODCAST: Business Intelligence Tools with Mike Fletcher

Talking business intelligence (BI) tools with Mike Fletcher, the Director of Information Technology at the Endocrine Society. Mike recently went through the process of finding a BI tool, ultimately deciding on Power BI. We discuss why he wanted a BI tool, the process of picking a BI tool, some of the advantages the tool offers over using Excel, and features that you should consider when picking your own tool. 

By Justin Burniske | August 15, 2016
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Summer Cleaning Series: Database

Where has the time gone?! This year has flown by, and today marks the first day of summer! If you’re like me, you have left a lot of opportunities for spring cleaning untouched so here is our chance to redeem ourselves. Spring cleaning applies to your home but I am introducing Summer Cleaning, that applies to work and goes beyond cleaning out the piles of paper in your drawers. There are three areas that we can…

By Linh Hoang | June 16, 2016
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Geek Pride Day! Today!

Here at fusionSpan geek is a term of endearment; it’s not simply a noun, but a title of pride among our band of IT employees. In the age of endless days dedicated to the slightly obscure, Be An Angel Day August 22 naturally, or the beloved, national hot dog day this year falling on July 23, comes Geek Pride Day on May 25. Why today of all days grants such an honorable title?

By Mary Glavin | May 25, 2016 1 Comment
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AMS Fest Midwest!

May 10th, just 5 days post Cinco de Mayo is another day for celebration in this month of budding optimism; AMS Fest Midwest in Chicago is the place to be and it’s cause for small associations to cheer. Those interested in examining AMS options, communicating their concerns or praises, and networking with like-minded and like-sized organizations will be in awe of such an invaluable event.

By Mary Glavin | May 5, 2016
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Documentation: Good for Work and Travel!

Hello Small Staff Big Impact. I’m baack! I’ve spent the better part of the last year traveling around Australia and SE Asia. I’ve met a lot of great people and learned many things. As part of my experience, I held some interesting jobs to supplement my travel income, including crew on a 43 foot yacht and farm hand on a lime farm. I also got the chance to work with a non-profit in Australia, helping…

By Linh Hoang | April 29, 2016
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