I visited a customer last week and met with the new CEO and some of the managers. They had been using iMIS for about 5 years and were stuck, unsure of what they had and where they should be going. Although they were on the latest version (10.6), different departments had gone ahead and setup their own fields and codes, and some departments - like events - who needed something desperately, didn't even know they had the module in iMIS to run all of their events and training.
For folks involved in putting up new web sites, having a Google ranking can be important, or one of the most important acts of promotion one can do. Definitely, Google rules when it comes to search. Thus there are whole industries dedicated to Search Engine Optimization (SOA).
Today, almost 6 months from when we registered the iMISCommunity.com domain name, and shortly afterwards went through the many of the steps for domain promotion, Google is finally giving the site some page rank. I suppose this corresponds to the 5-6 months others talk about on the web, in which Google puts new sites in a virtual "sandbox".
A recent survey of iMIS customers in Australia and New Zealand found that 87% of respondents gave iMIS the thumbs up answering that they were satisfied with their iMIS software solution.
More than 220 not for profit organisations using iMIS were surveyed by independent agency BMS Telecorp on behalf of ASI during May.
The annual survey’s focus was to look at customers’ use of iMIS and gauge the level of satisfaction with their iMIS software solution and the level of service and support from ASI and Authorised iMIS Solution Providers.
I posted earlier about the new AirDesk for Workstations (versus laptops, which they did first and I already use); I'm following up with a few shots of how my home-based office is developing. So far, it's just what I hoped for. It's also working out quite well that I sit facing a bank of windows, so that no glare hits my screen but my fevered brain gets natural light. Here are some photos of how I have it configured:
The Fund received applications requesting over $60,000 in funding in our June round and the panel faced some challenging decisions in making the final selections. We are pleased to confirm a total of 12 Scholarships were awarded with a total value of $11,000. A further $9,000 will now be made available for the remainder of 2006 (September and December rounds).
The Scholarship recipients are as follows:
Are there limitations to adding SQL statements to IQA queries? Do any special syntax rules apply? Should we be able to set a field equal or greater to another field, ie. MemberStatusDate > PaidThru?
ASI consulting has created ER diagrams for both e-Opps and the entire iMIS for .NET table structure. These are for the 10.6.06 release. We generated these from the schema using a tool called ER Studio. I recommend this tool for anytime one must to understand what relationships are enforced between tables enforced at the database level. It is great help on iMIS conversions.
Our major campaign to gather prospect email addresses has hit the streets today. More than 10,000 prospects in Australia and New Zealand have been sent this postcard encouraging them to sign up for email contact with ASI (rather than postal mail).
For each valid email address we receive ASI will give $2 to charity (a customer of course!). We are supporting 6 charities in total, depending on the state or country.
I am pleased to announce a great start to the year for the Asia-Pacific team. Revenue for the 6 months to June was up 17% on the same period in 2005. Significantly, this has been achieved with a lower headcount, resulting in a revenue/employee improvement of 27%.
Both services and SUP fees are currently tracking ahead of budget for the year, with license revenues right on budget.
On a cash basis, June itself was a record month, just $3,000 short on hitting our first ever $1 million month. A $1m month is a significant milestone for the growth of the AP business - back to work now to see if we can make this number before the year is out.
Over the last few months, I've noticed a trend. Prospects are expecting to see a simplified or 'dumbed-down' approach to the scenarios that I play out during demos. In fact, I've heard the comment 'iMIS looks too complicated for my needs...'. Ouch!
Let me explain more fully.
I've been doing major demos to large prospects, you know the ones. Full day demo with 10 staff in the room, and I'm supposed to show everything under the sun, and respond to questions throughout the entire time. I call these "Due Diligence Demos", the 3 D's, or Due Dili Demos. So here's the dilemna. (Say that alliteration fast!)