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Disruptions, Data and Determination: ASAE’s 2015 Technology Conference

Disruptions, Data and Determination: ASAE’s 2015 Technology Conference

Today we’re onsite at ASAE’s Technology Conference in Washington, DC. While we’re here, we hope that we’ll get to meet with many of you. Please stop by and check out the Fonteva Lounge (Booth #539 on the tradeshow floor). You can enter to win an Apple Watch, charge your cell phone and pick up some cool swag while relaxing and networking with colleagues.

Among other topics, you can talk with them about what you’ve learned as you traveled along the five pathways around which the conference is structured. They range from leadership and technology to the business of IT. In line with the conference theme, one pathway is devoted entirely to disruption and determining how your organization can lead technology change.

This year’s theme “Status Quo—Denied, Disruption—Required” seems an apt description for what we’ve observed throughout 2015 as we’ve worked with our association customers. We have helped them to implement technology solutions to streamline processes and eliminate business challenges (the status quo) and while positioning them to take advantage of new opportunities (disruption).

In this morning’s opening session, we’ll hear from Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions. His focus will be The Human Face of Big Data. In his talk at TEDxMidwest in 2013, Smolan made several important observations about data and how the ability to measure so much of it is changing the way we live. Here are five that caught my attention:

  1. Data saves lives.
  2. Data provides a new view of consumption patterns.
  3. Data shifts our health and well-being.
  4. Data is enabling personalized medicine.
  5. Data noise to one group is golden to another.

“Everything we do generates data, and it is never discarded,” he said. Also, according to him, our 15th century counterparts were exposed to the same amount of data over their lifetimes that we are in one day.

The existence of all this data that you and your members are constantly generating may seem daunting. However, I remain convinced that associations can leverage these disruptions if they become masters of their data and remain determined to use it to their best advantage. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s event, check back here for our recap of the trends and themes we saw while onsite.

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