All of L&M Staff Join ASAE in 2011

Thanks to a new membership option with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the small-staff organization membership offering, it is priced right to enroll all L&M staff as ASAE professional members, including Mary McCue and Lauren Brayshaw from our London office.

At L&M we’ve always believed that being an active member of organizations like ASAE and the AMC Institute makes a difference in job satisfaction and how well we serve our clients. This new group plan makes it affordable to enroll all staff to directly benefit from ASAE’s membership.

For move information about ASAE membership, click here.

ASAE’s CAE Program Granted NCCA Accreditation

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ASAE and the CAE Commission announced last year that the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program has been granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA). The announcement of accreditation coincided with the 50th anniversary of the CAE program.

NCCA accreditation provides independent validation that the CAE program meets or exceeds twenty-one standards concerning various aspects of the certification program including its purpose, structure, governance, psychometric foundation, policies and procedures. Accreditation validates the integrity of the program, and is a mark of quality. Earning accreditation is a public demonstration of ASAE and the CAE Commission’s commitment to the CAE credential as a true professional certification.

See related story Michael Majdalany re-certified as CAE.

1099 Provision Voted Down in Senate…

On February 2nd the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the provision of last year’s health care legislation, that if it passes is expected to cause heavy tax information reporting requirements on small businesses AND nonprofit organizations.

The Senate approved an amendment (to an unrelated bill) that would repeal the 1099 requirement. The underlying bill with the amendment intact still has to pass the House of Representatives and be signed by the President to become law.

There appears to be bipartisan support for repeal. The President signaled his support for repeal in his State of the Union address last month. A GOP dominated house should make passage a certainty but if any problems develop with the underlying bill an alternative vehicle will be needed to effect repeal.

L&M wishes to thank Jay Hauck, Esq. of Hauck and Associates, an AMC in Washington, DC for monitoring this important repeal legislation.

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)

MAAWG’s next member meeting will be February 21 – 24 in Orlando, FL. Keynote speakers for this meeting will include Rob McKenna, incoming president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and David Vladeck, head of the U.S. consumer protection bureau. The focus on the February meeting is the protection of consumers in an evolving cyber future. Click here for more information about MAAWG and the upcoming meeting.

SNIA Europe

SNIA Europe Participates in the FP7 VISION Cloud Project to Promote Open Standards

SNIA Europe Participates in the FP7 VISION Cloud Project to Promote Open Standards
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe announces it is actively participating in the VISION Cloud project to help facilitate the adoption of open technology standards to make cloud storage and cloud applications accessible to organisations. Funded in part by the European Union and running until 2013, this project has already gathered the support of several industry innovators among which are France Telecom, IBM Israel, Telefonica I+D, Siemens AG, RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, SAP AG, Deutsche Welle, and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science.

Click here for more information about this project.

SCSI Trade Association (STA)

STA Announces 2011 Board of Directors

The SCSI Trade Association elected the 2011 board of directors from their membership at their annual meeting earlier this month. Re-elected to the position as president was Harry Mason of LSI Corp., who will serve as STA president. Also re-elected was Martin Czekalski of Seagate Technology, who will serve as vice president. Two new members, Alan Yoder of NetApp and Dan Reno of Western Digital, joined the Board. All other Board members served last year.

“In 2010, STA introduced our MultiLink SAStm initiative, which we will continue to develop and promote throughout 2011,” said Harry Mason, president of STA. “In addition, STA held the eleventh industry SAS plugfest, which included the first coordinated Mini-SAS active cable testing program. STA has numerous 2011 initiatives focused on advancing every level of tiered storage, including low-latency storage device like SSDs. Industry education through various outlets, including storage conferences, trade shows, electronic journals, and other publications, will continue to be a focus for the organization.

Click here for more information about the 2011 board and 2011 initiatives for STA.

AMC-Managed and Standalone Organizations — A Sibling Study


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CONCLUSION: Based on a comparative analysis of two parallel operating ratio studies of AMC-managed and standalone organizations, AMC-managed organizations reap considerable qualitative and quantitative advantages for membership-based organizations up to $5M in annual revenue. These results are likely valid for organizations above $5M in annual revenue, however, there was not a sufficient number of organizations above $5M in the study of AMC-managed organizations to draw any conclusions about those organizations.
 
IMPLICATION: Standalone organizations up to $5M in annual operating revenue should answer one question: “Are we receiving the return on our management model investment, given that on average, we may be spending 50% more for the resources to manage our organization than if we were managed by an AMC?”

AMC and Standalone Organizations – a Sibling Study

Are AMC-Managed Organizations Recession Resistant?

Based on results of recent study, it appears they are!


OVERVIEW: The current economic climate is having an impact on associations, just as it is on virtually all business sectors. This paper reports on a recent study showing that until 2007, about 30% of all organizations up to $5M in annual revenue operated at a loss. But, organizations that employ their own staff, lease their own office space and incur their own capital expenses (aka: standalone) were nearly twice as likely to have ended 2008 with deficits than AMC-managed organizations. More than 50% of standalone organizations with up to $5M in annual operating revenue operated at a loss that year! The reduction for AMC-managed organizations between 2007 and 2008 was a nominal 7% — two-thirds of AMC-managed organizations reported a surplus in 2008! Therefore, the answer to the question posed in the title would seem to be a resounding “yes.”

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IMPLICATION: Standalone organizations up to $5M in annual operating revenue should answer one question: “Are we receiving a return on investment in our management model, given that on average we may be spending 50% more for that management approach than if we were managed by an AMC — especially given the performance benefits produced by AMCs?”

Are Results of Surplus – Deficit Study Valid?

Michael LoBue writes: As the study results comparing the impact of the start of the recession on standalone and AMC-managed organizations gains attention, there seems to be a general criticism of the study by executives of standalone organizations. The criticism is that the results are not valid because the study samples were not randomly selected. This post responds to that criticism, pointing out how the criticism itself is both short-sighted and (intentionally?) misleading.

Here’s the punch line —true the samples were not randomly drawn, but it’s just as likely the stellar results produced by the AMC-model vs. the standalone model would be even greater (as opposed to less — as implied by the critics) if the study is repeated on randomly drawn groups.

Select the following link to read the entire response to that criticism.

Continue reading Are Results of Surplus – Deficit Study Valid?

Goodbye Brick and Morter — Hello Virtual Office

Michael LoBue writes: I returned today from the 2010 ASAE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Another good meeting and conference. It appears that there’s a growing interest among small staff organizations to abandon the main office (or any leased office space) and have employees work from their homes. This trends seems like an exercise in tossing a few chairs off the deck and rearranging a few other chairs on the deck. It also seems driven by the desire for cost savings and not a desire for improvements, although direct cost savings can be achieved and some productivity gains can be realized under the right circumstances.

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Clearly, there are benefits if the situations and the personnel are right for such an arrangement. However, it just seems short-sighted. As I listened to a presentation some questions came to mind:

  • What happens when you bring the first new staff person into the virtual office arrangement? It’s one thing to ask a group of staff members who comfortable with their jobs and who know one another after sharing an office, to work from home than it is to recruitment and orient new staff into a virtual office arrangement.
  • While the organization is no longer writing rent and utility checks, the list of employer concerns (see Figure 1) remain. How do these concerns change and might there be new employer concerns resulting from the arrangement?
  • How does working from home enhance the staff’s professional development in this isolated arrangement?
  • Where is the organization or their membership in these issues raised in the presentation? (Not a single slide in this excellent presentation contained the word “member”, or discussed how this arrangement adds value to the members of an organization.

Based on yesterday’s presentation it’s clear that this notion about “going virtual” is aimed at saving costs. Clearly a worthwhile objective, but this new piecemeal approach cannot touch the benefits delivered by the AMC-model:

   
AMC Managed and Standalone Organizations — A Sibling Study
 
   
Are AMC-Managed Organizations Recession Resistant?