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Tipping Point

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/20/16 12:09 PM

It’s been over 15 years since Malcom Gladwell wrote “The Tipping Point.” Gladwell defined the tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.”

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Topics: Technology, Mobile

Launching a Technical Consortium: Your Checklist for Success

Posted by Andy Freed on 6/23/16 4:10 PM

You’ve just spent months navigating the formalities of incorporating a new consortium and all the associated legalities and growing pains that will allow you to work with industry peers.

Now it’s time to begin the real work of identifying annual goals and objectives. Your chances for success will be much higher if you build a strong foundation.  Here is a handy checklist you should have before you begin to operate. Most of this checklist is also relevant for other associations seeking a blueprint for operational success.

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Topics: Consortia, Technology, starting a consortia, Launching an Association, Tech Consortia

The Process of Recovery from a Disaster

Posted by Brant Picard on 6/15/16 7:00 AM

Over the past 2 articles (read part 1 and part 2), we have examined what could potentially happen that could bring your business to a halt in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. We also looked at the critical aspects of what would be required in order to build a Business Continuity Plan, including exposing the critical aspects of the business by performing a Business Impact Analysis. We’ve determined the amount of time it would take to Return the Business to Operation (RTO) and how much data we are willing to sacrifice in order to reach our Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Now, it’s time to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to develop our disaster recovery plan and procedures, in order to make sure the business is going to be operational again within the defined timeframes. 

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Topics: Association Management, Technology

As the Calendar Page Turns...It's Tech Conference Season

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/26/16 7:00 AM

As the calendar page turns, it starts to become conference season. The period from February to June is stacked with industry conferences of all kinds in the tech space. Starting with CES, but moving on to the RSA conference and dozens of others.

Having gone to more of these than I can count, here are a few musings on getting the most out of these events:

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Topics: Technology, Conference Planning

CES 2016 Final Thoughts

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/12/16 1:44 PM

After a few days of walking the floor at CES, many things start to look alike. That’s because they are. There were dozens of quadcopter drones from different manufacturers. A sea of 4k televisions all with great pictures. And enough virtual reality glasses to make them stop being a novelty.

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Topics: Association Management, Technology

Building your Business Continuity Plan

Posted by Brant Picard on 1/5/16 6:30 AM

In the wake of a natural disaster affecting your technology alliance or association, you stand in the midst of the rubble that was once your business and wonder how in the world you will notify everyone and tell them that the organization and office no longer exist. What is going to happen to your members when they call the organization expecting to get help or support and instead receive only a busy signal? Where and how are you going to obtain and restore the years of data and information that were lost, in order to keep the business running? What are you going to do? And where do you begin? How is the organization going to recover from this loss?

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Topics: Association Management, Technology

A Must-Watch Webinar for Technical Working Group Members

Posted by Andy Freed on 8/18/15 7:00 AM

Technical working groups/consortia play a crucial role in the technology standards arena, but TWG progress isn’t always what it could be. The lack of strong leadership and clear procedure often makes it difficult for busy volunteers (spread across different geographies, no less) to stay organized. Meanwhile, technical working group projects may suffer from poor meeting attendance, role confusion, or chronic delays in decision making.

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Topics: Technology, Technical Working Groups

A Little Something About 20-somethings

Posted by Joan Jacobs on 4/30/15 7:00 AM

For over a decade, I have been attending standards and technology-focused events sponsored by client associations as well as forums hosted by venerable U.S. and global standards-focused organizations. These meetings are by and large fairly homogenous gatherings of standards professionals with deep experience in standards and who are skilled at representing their companies’ interests in industry alliances and consortia. For most, it’s definitely not their first “rodeo.” 

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Topics: Association Management, Technology, Membership

Mobile Messaging Wildfire

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 3/25/15 7:00 AM

One of my favorite urban legends (actually a true story) concerns my business partner’s next-door neighbor’s teenage daughter and the quiet “little party” she planned to have while her parents were out of town. Now, bear in mind that the party was completely sanctioned and pre-approved by her parents.

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Topics: Operations, Technology, Communications, Association Management Company

What’s next after CES?

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/7/15 8:55 AM

This week I had the opportunity to attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This is a massive show—covering 2 million square feet of exhibit space. For those keeping score at home, the Chrysler Building in NYC is about that size. That’s big.

Every year, CES is a showplace of the latest gadgets: TVs, mobile devices, and more.

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Topics: Technology, Technology Standards, Standards



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