As museums move from onsite systems to hosted platforms like from Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (RE) to Altru, there are certain considerations that will ensure smooth your transition.
As museums move from onsite systems to hosted platforms like from Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (RE) to Altru, there are certain considerations that will ensure smooth your transition.
- Review records. This this is the time for cleanup of things like 7 digit local contact numbers from decades ago that should be put in as ten digit phone numbers.
- Get counts of active and inactive members
- Decide with your executive team if you would be bringing to new system records where membership has lapsed, those that passed away or have been inactive for years
- From our experience, we suggest you bring entire data. That way if a member comes back years later, you will have history on that member and quickly acknowledging an appreciation for being member is past will go long way in strengthening the bond for longer term association with your institution in years to come.
- In Raisers Edge, make sure every constituent that has a partner record attached has a Constituent # of its own. This is very critical and your Blackbaud rep will surely tell you that.
- One way to assign constituent ID to partner records is to go into each member record, click on partner records and check that. However, if you have thousands of members this could be a very time consuming process. Get help from someone who understands the data structure of Raisers edge to be able to go into your live system to do that at the back-end and is very sure of not to mess things up!
- Assuming you have success taking care of that; now you may have one last challenge before you are ready for migration. Check if there are any “orphan records” that won’t migrate to Altru. These will be records that are not partner records and do not have a ConstituentID assigned. Yes they do exist even if you did previous step correctly and you will find them if you were to open each member record and check. Other option again will be to seek expert help and to go into tables and find those out.
- Once this is done you are good to go for migration. Enjoy your new Altru system! Do check new system records against old system.
About us: MuseumAnywhere is a division of InfiCare Technologies located in Washington DC metro area since 2001. Our team has a good understanding and experience on Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge, Altru and TMS. We can help making sure that your system is ready for migration, take away pain of having to manually checking thousands of records and take care of things in just a few days so your system will be ready to migrate to Altru. We will even check Altru post-migration. If you are looking for getting more value out of Raisers Edge by doing integrations to other systems and offer cool things like E-Membership cards, then we have “connectors” that we can quickly deploy.
About Author: Sumer Mathur is founder and president of MuseumAnywhere based in Dulles VA
A Social Media Hub is an exquisite addition to any kind of website on the internet. Whether an individual is preparing to run his or her current hash tag campaign or simply trying to create a commercial website that promotes fans with commercial products, a social media hub is the best way to connect with both present and upcoming brand enthusiasts.
A Social Media Hub is an exquisite addition to any kind of website on the internet. Whether an individual is preparing to run his or her current hash tag campaign or simply trying to create a commercial website that promotes fans with commercial products, a social media hub is the best way to connect with both present and upcoming brand enthusiasts. Even when an individual is promoting any kind of recreational event that enables fans to entertain themselves with all the hype that seems to be surrounding the event, the true solution under such circumstances is a social media hub.
With the increase in number of social networks, business companies or organizations have opted to go for any such method that will enable them to join all their social networks into their company purchased websites. Social Media hubs tend to offer potential both and existing customers a perfect picture of their activities that have undergone in any one of the social networks. There seems to be a rising trend in between the multi-national companies which always possess integrated social posts and these multi-national companies have a habit of bringing forth such social hype and buzz into their self owned websites.
A social media hub may be defined as a content aggression page that exists in a company’s website; it is essential to attract any kind of social feeds from any kind of blogs to the company’s website that eventually leads to the company’s own benefit. A social media hub is necessarily not some sort of a content editing hub, it is a different typical blog where any kind of content is at first updated and then such kind of content is usually synched or rather shared to various other networks; hence, there are major differences between the two of them.
The need for a social media hub, however significant it might be because of the reason that they offer to integrate the multitude of different social networks into a single website on the internet, is actually less promising. This is due to the presence of many CMS that do not support the essence of a social media hub. Hence, a need arises for a CMS to create a webpage that actually feeds all the social activities relating to a specific nature, although it is time consuming and costly process, especially if the cost for separate designing and styling is considered.
Precisely speaking, a social media hub serves various useful and significant purposes as per as social activities across various social networks is concerned. It provides an easy an attractive solution to witness any kind of social outpost or activity relating to a particular brand. Moreover, a social media hub also serves the purpose of combining various networking sites from one place; it even offers integration between own organization communities that reflects any kind of outside or external activity. A social media hub also offers an easy method to follow recent social conversations and also the opportunity to connect with them.
The term “intelligent Messaging’’ has quite a complex meaning, in relation to a computer’s ethics definition, to begin with; it can be defined as a historic messaging system, that was initially introduced by Banyan Systems, that ran its course through NetWare and VINES servers,
The term “intelligent Messaging’’ has quite a complex meaning, in relation to a computer’s ethics definition, to begin with; it can be defined as a historic messaging system, that was initially introduced by Banyan Systems, that ran its course through NetWare and VINES servers, that was further accompanied by an incorporated popular directory service from Banyan’s, known as Street talk. In simple terms, Intelligent Messaging contained a basic mail program, which could be further advanced to the more integrated Beyond Mail system. There are several brands or companies that further the cause of Intelligent Messaging in a world wide fashion.
The main purpose or aim of the concept of Intelligent Messaging is to bring together all the various texts or messages and alerts of a user into an easily manageable solution or outcome. As a result, by following such an efficient prophecy that Intelligent Messaging has to unfold, an individual is able to fulfill or rather benefit from his efforts of reducing his or her overall Information Technology costs, that otherwise, is sure to be an irritating burden to carry on. To be precise, a two way communication is established between a user and his or her fellow beloved companions.
Intelligent Messaging can also be achieved by means of a fax featuring facility. For instance, by implementing the fax featuring facility, an individual is able to access his or her mailbox and go through all his or her messages or e-mails. Moreover, the fax featuring facility also enables a user to play any audio or video containing message. To add to its cause, the purpose of Intelligent Messaging can is enhanced even further through its fax featuring facility, for an individual is also able to simply record and send a message to any other user of his or her choice.
Intelligent Messaging, being a two way actionable conversation, enables the customers or its users, to interact or communicate with new customers, which in return, leads to the birth of new conversations between them. It enables to decrease costs of smarter interaction. Intelligent messaging is very essential for a user to decrease the chances of any kind of fraudulent activity by restricting use of any unauthorized monetary account or card. Intelligent Messaging is a user friendly concept because it can be implemented on any device or channel. Any kind of call-centre payments is generally reduced through the provisions of effective communication.
By utilizing Intelligent Messaging, an individual finds it very easy to simplify his or her messaging network service. Not only that, Intelligent Messaging is enriched in a large set of magnificent features. For instance, a user can manage and create alerts in his or her self preferred way that eventually suits the individual’s business activities. There is also the possibility of a multi-channel delivery system. Also, the presence of a complete suite of alert aggregation is tremendously beneficial to the customer’s requirements; be it online banking alerts or bill pay alerts, increase alert procedures provide a conventional powerful service channel.
Handheld and mobile tours are made simple and on your fingertips nowadays. There are many scientific organizations that make and create these apps for museum maps and tours. Nowadays maximum people carry smartphones and so the preference of apps is very high.
Handheld and mobile tours are made simple and on your fingertips nowadays. There are many scientific organizations that make and create these apps for museum maps and tours. Nowadays maximum people carry smartphones and so the preference of apps is very high. These apps provide with the information about what to see in the museums and also they give an idea about the maps of the respective museums. Videos are uploaded so that one can get interested in going there and find it really easy to watch what they want. Images, offline maps, multilingual content, audio and custom branding are all put into the apps. One finds it very easy to roam about in the museums and to learn about artifacts present there. Even persons from other countries find it easy and helpful as they can see the content in the language they are comfortable with. All the hard stuff like format conversion, app store submissions, development and designs, hosting are taken care by the company creating the apps. The heritage organization’s authority can have control of what is being implemented in the apps and they can edit or delete or update the gallery contents as well. The museums can be brought to life by using these apps.
The multimedia tours can be accessed from any smartphones and tourists or visitors can have video guide tours and audio guide tours to increase their educational experiences regarding the museums. GPS enabled maps can be added in the museum tour apps and the visitors can find absolutely what they are looking for very easily. Offline maps are also put into these apps. Proximity beacons are used indoors for creating interactive experiences in these apps and the visitors get interested as they walk within the museums. These apps are updated very quickly. Any changes in the exhibitions or events in the museums are updated real quickly and this is one of the unique features of these apps. Scavenger hunts or games can also be added according to the needs or wish of the museum authority. The audio and visual additions to the apps always tend to enhance the interests of the visitors and it adds to their interest when they find exhibits very easily. Tours can be conducted by the museums through cell phones. So there will be no hassle of conducting audio tours within the museums. The expenses of the community are cut down in this way.
On the other hand, surveys can be made on museum visitors for immediate feedback. The apps run almost on every platform like the iOS, android, windows etc. The accessibility to these apps is very easy and also there are other helping options for the visually impaired or hearing impaired persons. These apps can help both the museum authorities and the visitors in many more ways. There are no hassles of typing URLs and wasting time. Visitors can rather just download these apps and get all the information they need at their hand’s pace. Museum tour apps are real guides to your next tour to museums.
Other than expecting people to use web browsers, type URLs and spend a lot of extra time, it is far better to carry the museum in everyone’s pocket. We are talking about customized museum apps.
Other than expecting people to use web browsers, type URLs and spend a lot of extra time, it is far better to carry the museum in everyone’s pocket. We are talking about customized museum apps. These are far better than mobile optimized websites. These apps are faster as well. Once a person logs on to the website of a certain museum, he or she can learn about it. But once he has logged off, he cannot get notified about any activity which he might be interested in. but in case he has downloaded these apps, he can updated about everything from the museum community. All the videos, slideshows, audios related to artifacts of the respective museums. All the information regarding relics is given in the apps. Anybody can log into the apps by their Facebook or Twitter account as well as share the information in social sites. A person can even get notified according to their queries on any topic regarding the museum. Suitable solutions and answers are given to the app-holder as push notifications.
Customized museum apps are beneficial for the museums as well. The museums can notify visitors about their exhibitions or any other events. Visitor counts in these places are also increased because people get more aware of what event is going on. People also get more information regarding these places and in turn this tends to increase their interest in museums. Adding videos and audios of upcoming events are also possible. The visitors can get an idea about what they can actually see there in the museums. Some people become members of the welfare society of various museums and also help in fundraising etc. In this case, the museums get benefitted financially as well. Moreover, the museum authority remains hassle free regarding printing of brochures, membership cards, maps etc. The app itself serves all these purposes. Also for the assistance of the visitors, the apps are made multilingual. This means the visitors can read the pages in the language in which they are comfortable. Any content in the apps can be updated or deleted very easily and according to the needs of the authority. Using these apps, the authority can provide all the necessary information through personal messages.
On the other people always love to have every information on their fingertips. Flicking through a customized museum app is much easier and less time consuming than dealing with a website. The response is as fast as possible. The company taking responsibility of creating the app will put in everything that the museum community may want in their app. Gallery items can be put in by the museum admins by means of admins portal admittance. Everything regarding the museums can be updated in these apps and data can be edited from time to time. These apps run all the platforms like windows, iOS, android, etc. it doesn’t matter whether one is using a mobile phone or a tablet or an iPad. Well the news about the museums can be definitely expanded through these apps.
Museum app development with CMS deals with developing several mobile apps or open-source browsers or other such things by the consortiums of certain museums.
Museum app development with CMS deals with developing several mobile apps or open-source browsers or other such things by the consortiums of certain museums. Museums are being made mobile with the help of many companies all over the globe. And all these are done with the help of CMS (content management system). CMS is being used to be able to manage and improve the content of a website. CMS is comprised of two parts, namely: CMA (content management application) and CDA (content delivery application). CMA helps the author or content manager to handle the modification, removal or creation of content without the help of a webmaster even if he does not know Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). CDA, on the other hand helps to modernize the website.
In modern times, if there is one thing that comes to mind first as the jaw dropping platform that has solely changed the whole essence of museum experience for museum lovers throughout the world, it is nothing other than today’s social applications or apps and their progress through the smart phone network.
In modern times, if there is one thing that comes to mind first as the jaw dropping platform that has solely changed the whole essence of museum experience for museum lovers throughout the world, it is nothing other than today’s social applications or apps and their progress through the smart phone network. However awkward it might sound at first, it is absolutely no secret that mobile applications through the scope of its advanced technology, have contributed to the development of museums since 1952, when for the very first time, an audio tour was provided at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Various kinds of museum development applications have been introduced by museums in ample quantities since the audio tour was first introduced in the history of museum development. Podcasts are the most significant mobile media that that have been published as a reading content. Other than that, many other downloadable media content has been provided by the museums for the public eye and knowledge, such as PDFS and E-Books. More than thousands of museums across the globe have taken the initiative to supply such downloadable content through various applications that can be either purchased or also downloaded free-of-charge from the web.
For the sake of convenience, nowadays museum guides always seem to posses a museum app that enables them to effectively guide the tourists and the visitors. Almost each and every museum visitor has mobile tour technology up their sleeves. This helps a museum guide to entertain them with essential information regarding the history, statistics and culture of the museum. Almost all the museum development applications that are found on the web provide a visitor with multimedia tours that they can access from any kind of smart phone. Hence, it reduces the dilemma of a guide and adds to unquestionable experience.
Various Museum Development Apps consist of interactive maps that enable the museum guides to help the visitors to find the latter’s interested exhibits. Moreover, it often happens that the visitors tend to get lost or mix up the entry and exit routes; even under such circumstances, the presence of interactive maps provides the guide with an immediate solution that is not only effective but also an embodiment of personal satisfaction. In fact, the presence of proximity beacons in such museum development apps allows the guide to offer an interactive environment to the visitors, thus offering some sort of location awareness.
The most interesting feature about these Museum Development Apps is that they are updated on a regular basis, which means any sort of change that has taken place in the museum overnight happens to be the reason for such regular updates. As a result, if there is any sort of movement undergone by any exhibit in the museum, that change in environment is effected to the application in just a few moments. What is even more interesting is that most of these Museum Development Apps perform with accessibility features, for the sole priority of the visually and hearing disabled people.