Blog | Technology
October 26, 2016|
enSYNC has been in the business of software service and development for 20 years. In that time, association management systems have evolved from clunky LAN-based software with DOS code interfaces to online, web-based portals that are member-facing and accessible to staff from anywhere anytime.
Yet still we hear of organizations attempting to create and develop their own AMS. And we have to ask, “Why.”
We asked a long-time executive with a super smart IT staff what he felt about designing a custom solution vs purchasing an AMS backed by a development company. Alan Atwood, vice president of technology and information systems with the Texas Medical Association, laid it on the line and told us what his reaction would be if his staff suggested building a fully custom solution to serve as the foundation of their organization.
We loved his blunt perspectives and thought they hit it on the head. His take on a custom vs a purchased AMS:
Alan has certainly summarized what you need to consider as you weigh a “build vs buy” decision. Are AMS systems perfect? No, but taking the foundation of a highly developed product and using software engineers to tweak it for specialized services or components is where we advocate most organizations head.
API interfaces are common development tools today. These are pieces of code that tie one system to another – for example an advocacy tool with your AMS or an event management tool back to your AMS. Tying together two expertly designed products and putting them to work for you is more cohesive and robust than a software solution developed from scratch.
Are you still thinking custom development of an AMS is right for you? All we can say is, “stop, take a deep breath, and call us.” We want to talk you down.
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