Some Association Technology Predictions…
1. Virtual Conferencing will never fully take off
Why? Because they are a little too much like role-playing games. Remember when the Sims where really popular? It didn’t last too long because the novelty of avatar-based interaction only really engage a small percentage over the long term.
2. Associations will start piling on the apps
Why? Smart phones are a part of every day life now, and I think like outposting strategies, associations will want to capitalize on the things members use in their daily life.
3. More associations will see the value of the cloud
Why? As more people start to telecommute and netbooks become more popular, the cloud offers an effective way to keep all your information in one place. WebEx Connect is a tricked out cloud software that makes me drool when I think about using it. Check it out if you haven’t yet.
4. Rolling out the Macs
Why? Though I think most associations will stay with Microsoft, most web based positions will start to recognize that Macs are an effective tool for accomplishing the job with fewer complications. And if you have a competent IT department your Mac can live friendly in an PC environment.
5. Here comes the open source!
Why? Associations are going to need to become more flexible, nimble and stable. The use of open source software (such as Firefox on work computers & Joomla! or Drupal as a CMS) will become more prevalent to support these goals.
So what other things do you think are coming down the Association technology pike?
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