Ed. note: Here’s a post I started
and never finished…
The IT department shouldn’t be in charge of your association’s
website. That is absolutely not IT’s job. Let me explain.
IT (or Information Technology) is a fairly broad term but in
general it covers software, data management systems, and network
support. From server administration to network security to setting
up email…that’s IT.
Not long ago, member data was stored in a database or a client
server application – systems which were implemented and hosted
on-site; they lived on a computer in your server room. So it made
sense for IT to “own” those systems and support them.
Those days are gone. Mature association management software (AMS)
(or CRM, etc.) is hosted and supported by vendors and consultants.
And that’s a good thing. Between wifi, blackberries and supporting
remote access, IT has enough to deal with.