Even though I’ve been an AIIM staff for more than 9 years, I continue to pay for my professional membership out of my own pocket. So it’s pretty obvious that I see the value of an AIIM membership, but you’re here to figure out if it’s worth it for YOU. My goal with this article is to give you a transparent look at both the pros and cons of an AIIM membership. I outlined the general value of memberships in a previous post. In this post, you’ll learn some of the specific pros & cons associated with AIIM membership. Many of these would apply to other associations as well. As I noted in the previous post, I would definitely encourage you to consider whether your association offers these benefits.
“It’s 2020,” you might be thinking, “Who needs associations?” Associations and professional memberships can often be thought of as a relic of the past or a resume builder, but not as a valuable personal development tool. For an introvert, I’m a pretty social, member-y kinda guy. I’ve been a paid professional member of both AIIM and ARMA for nearly 20 years. I’ve held memberships in lots of other different groups and associations over the years. And I’ve even been a member of the United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor Association since 1993. There are many reasons for becoming a member of an association. In some cases, it’s to take advantage of discounts or gain access to member-only resources. Membership lists themselves are frequently limited to members. While those are nice, one of the key reasons I join any particular association is because I consider myself to be a professional in that industry or discipline.
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I regularly get asked questions about AIIM and ARMA – which one’s “better,” which one’s the right one, what’s the difference, etc. I've been a paid professional member of both since 2001 – August 2001 for AIIM, September 2001 for ARMA. I've also served on both organizations’ Board of Directors (2004-2005 for AIIM, 2007-2010 for ARMA). I have thoughts on both and will compare them in several key areas, including: Focus Types of Membership Cost of Membership Benefits Chapters and Local Events Number of Members Before we get started, in the interest of total transparency, I serve as AIIM's VP of Training and Certification. With that in mind, our goal with this article is to be unbiased and provide those considering membership with the facts needed to make a decision.
It's 2020. In the age of ubiquitous information freely available online, why do I choose to spend my time, energy, and hundreds of dollars in membership dues a year to stay involved with associations? At AIIM - the Association for Intelligent Information Management - everything we do is to help you and your organization solve your information-driven business challenges. For me, there are three major reasons that associations hold value. They are: Networking Standardization Personal and Professional Development Let's take a look at each of these in greater detail.
Connecting with peers in your industry can be one of the most valuable uses of your time in terms of return – both on a business and personal level. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on industry news and trends, thought-leadership, and special events. But, it’s also a great way to share knowledge, help or be helped with a project, and make new friends.
On this episode of the AIIM on Air Podcast, you host Kevin Craine continues the “I Am AIIM” interview series with a look at Intelligent Information Management (IIM) in the Transportation industry. What are the challenges and opportunities with IIM in this industry? To find out, Kevin met up with two AIIM Members coming from completely different perspectives of the industry – public sector and private sector.