(Association Technology User's Group) at a Glance
at a Glance:
things in life - you get out of something what you put into it. It's
the same with the fast-changing technology landscape - and how it
applies to your association. That is why we have formed the Association
Technology Users Group (ATUG). A group of association leaders in NJ
have formed this group to share information on what is working...and
what is not. To discuss new database solutions, integrating applications
with our web sites. To discuss what tools and techniques we can apply
to make our jobs easier. And to share problems and possible solutions
with one another. Where else can you and your staff get such valuable,
and strategically important information, for FREE?
2000, Association Technology Users Group seeks members
for *resource network* As the workload on association staffs continues
to increase along with pressures to hold the line on costs, associations
are rapidly turning to technology to help satisfy those dual demands.
A recently formed organization, the Association Technology Users Group
(ATUG), is seeking members in New Jersey and surrounding states who
want to help each other deal with the influx of association technology.
ATUG was formed to help associations easily share information with
each other about technology and their experiences with it,* said Timothy
Doherty, Director of Communications for the New Jersey Bankers Association,
Princeton, N. J, one of the organization*s founders. *We invite anyone
involved in association technology hardware and software solutions
to join.* ATUG membership is free and open to association staff members
and technology consultants who support the association industry through
open-architecture hardware and software solutions. Prospective members
should contact Doherty at 609-924-5550, ext. 542 or via e-mail at
email@example.com and provide their name, title, association
or company, mailing address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address.
All membership communications are handled by e-mail.
We want those who join ATUG to know that they are not struggling with
the association technology revolution alone, that we*re all here to
help each other,* said Hesham Tamraz, president of Crescent Technologies
of North Brunswick, N.J. and another of ATUG's founders.
The organization, whose motto is Making Associations Run Better, holds
four-hour mid-day meetings every other month, with meeting locations
rotating among individual members* offices. Every facet of hardware
and software technology that benefits associations is within the scope
of the group. *Association technology goes much deeper than web sites,
Tamraz said, *and although the Web is an important tool for associations,
our focus is mainly on the technology that organizations use day in
and day out to serve their members. Of primary interest to the group
are Microsoft Access-based association management database applications,
which an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) survey
found were used by more than half the associations in the country.
Effectively managing all of your association's data from one centralized
database is vital to the success of todayss associations, and that's
why Access-based association management software is the core concern
of ATUG,* said Robert K. Asdal, Executive Director of the Hydraulic
Institute, based in Parsippany, N.J. We are seeking other like minded
association executives and those vendors who support Microsoft Access
and related technology solutions in particular, said Asdal, who is
the third founding member of the group. Plans for the organization
include inviting industry experts and manufacturers* representatives
to make presentations at meetings and establishing a list serve to
facilitate member communications and idea sharing.
ATUG will help us all build our association technology resource network
in the region, said Asdal. * Clearly, applying new technologies in
a cost-effective way to running our not-for-profit businesses is critical
to our success * and indeed survival.* # # #
- Hydraulic Insitute
Tamraz - Crescent Technologies, Inc.