You’re familiar with the term “reinventing the wheel,” right? Reinventing the wheel shouldn’t be necessary for implementing an association management system's (AMS) single sign on (SSO).
Each time a technology vendor comes up with their own way of solving a problem of interoperability for which a solution already exists, it injects timeline and budget risk into a project.
I’m not referring to innovation here, in which disruption often provides value to associations. I’m referring to standards that are a basic part of interoperability.
For example, let’s take country abbreviations. Such standards are important because if you use UK and I use GB bad things might happen. Did that package go Great Britain or the Ukraine? Alas, nothing in technology is quite that simple, and in practice, the end result can be much worse.What are the benefit of SSO standards?
The benefits of standards are saving time and money. If vendors don’t have to talk about how they are going to define a country list, the conversation can move ahead to more important discussions, such as how your association can create member value from its association management system.
Which brings me to the point of this blog post. Before selecting an AMS, investigate whether...