For the fourth year in a row, we made the trip last week into the District for Protech Fusion 2014, Protech Associates’ annual customer conference. Fusion is always a great experience, and a wonderful chance for us to mix and mingle with association executives and staff members.
This year, we noticed a major shift in how many association professionals view the cloud. Always on the forefront of innovation, executives and staff members alike previously wanted to know more about the cloud and why they should consider using it. But now, due in large part to using the cloud through Protech’s cloud-based AMS, association professionals have done their research, they know the benefits and are trying to figure out what other problems the cloud can solve for them. The Cetrom team eagerly listened to a wide variety of challenges associations were facing, many of which extended well beyond the basics of the cloud. Our team noted how moving other business applications to the cloud could help surmount these challenges and provide benefits to their associations on top of those acquired through Protech Cloud Business Solutions. Increased staff productivity, flexible scalability and unlimited accessibility offer a near perfect case.
One of the biggest challenges association professionals now face is waiting for the annual budget season so they can propose a move to the cloud. A strong argument for this move is the transition to a manageable monthly operational expense, instead of the previous—oft unapproved—daunting capital expense for on-premise IT hardware and software. Not only can association executives save their organizations money by moving to Cetrom’s cloud, but they can also provide their members with a significantly improved member experience.
Throughout Fusion, we were also flattered by the number of attendees—current customers, Protech staff and other partners—that complimented our customer service. We set an extremely high standard for our engineers and support personnel to always deliver the best possible service to our customers, and these words of praise were received with pride and affirmation that our efforts are truly helping our customers transform the way they do business and achieve success.
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