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Will Virtual Reality Become Reality for Associations?

Will Virtual Reality Become Reality for Associations?

Want to see what the future looks like for associations? See the association community’s first virtual reality prototype.

Remember when “paradigm shift” was the go-to idiom to refer to changing an industry’s perspective?

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How Associations Can Overcome Innovation Killers

How Associations Can Overcome Innovation Killers

This week, I was inspired by a recent Salesforce blog post called “The Top 10 Innovation-Killers—And How to Neutralize Them.” When Fonteva For Associations was conceptualized, we set out to build “the coolest, hardest apps in the cloud,” as Jerry, Fonteva’s co-founder, likes to say. But it was more than that. We set out to truly innovate—to create association software that was unlike anything on the market. A solution that would anticipate the needs of our customers and grow with them.

I have personally encountered each innovation killer listed on the blog. But in the interest of brevity, here are five that stood out most to me:

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How Do You Define the Cloud?

How Do You Define the Cloud?
How Do You Define the Cloud?

I have spent a lot of time explaining how the cloud works to both customers and prospects. At Fonteva, we spend our days making true cloud software. I spend so much time talking about the cloud that it’s easy to take for granted that not everyone is well versed in the ways of the cloud.

Nearly every software vendor claims to have a “cloud” solution, but very few have a real cloud. They are just “cloud washing” their on-premise software as a hosted product. Don’t let clever marketing jargon deceive you.

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Shopping for Software—Start with a Clean Slate

Shopping for Software—Start with a Clean Slate

“We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
–Albert Einstein

I don’t think Einstein was referring to a software purchase when he said this, but the sentiment still rings true. When making a big decision or purchase, it can be tempting to refer to a process that you’ve used in the past. But it’s time to ditch the tried and true method for selecting software and go back to the drawing board.

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