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    NiUG Concludes Sixth, Record-Breaking Discovery Conference


    14th Annual iMIS User Group Event Attendance Up 92%, Sponsorship Increases by 32%


    BALTIMORE, MD (November 17, 2011) - NiUG International, the largest independent, volunteer-run user group in the not-for-profit software industry, today announced that it continued to achieve record growth at its sixth annual Discovery Conference, held October 18-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. Nearly 380 iMIS users and partners participated in more than 50 educational sessions, training classes and networking events. The 14th annual iMIS User Group event also drew 33 sponsors, including ASI and iMIS technology partners, resellers and consultants.

    "NiUG International's annual Discovery Conference has been the mainstay for communication and collaboration among iMIS customers, partners and other key organizations since 2006," said Bob Alves, chairman and CEO of Advanced Solutions International. "From the educational sessions and training courses to the networking events, the user conference has been instrumental in providing not-for-profits with the knowledge they need to utilize our software to the fullest, to achieve their business goals and progress their missions."

    Conference Highlights

    • Bob Alves recognized a number of iMIS customers who are doing great things and furthering their missions with the web-based software. This year's Great Things Award winners represent a wide range of worthy organizations, including Salesian Missions, Aging Services of California, Missouri State Teachers Association, Wipfli and The Payments Authority.

    • The John Howarth Memorial Award recognizes those who through their passion, persistence, optiMISm and grace under pressure have represented the mission of NiUG. This year, the organization presented the award to Jeff Golembiewski, senior consultant for NimbleUser, for his dedication and outstanding contributions to the iMIS community.

    • iMIS 15.2 was also unveiled at the conference. ASI staff demoed the latest release and the new look and feel of its improved self-service options and enhanced social networking capabilities. Attendees were encouraged to record a short video and tell the user community what they are most excited about with iMIS 15.2.

    Resources

    • To become a NiUG International member, please fill out an online application, contact membership@NiUG.org or call +1 866 301 6484. Membership options include regular members (iMIS user-based companies) and associate members (resellers/vendor-based companies). Once a company establishes itself as a NiUG member, all staff within that organization receives NiUG member benefits, including reduced rates for training and conference registrations. Follow NiUG on Twitter and Facebook.

    • Learn more about iMIS and find additional ASI news. Don't forget to engage with ASI on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

    About NiUG

    NiUG International is the largest independent, volunteer run users' group in the not-for-profit software industry. Started as a grassroots organization in 1996, NiUG exists to advocate for, educate and connect Advanced Solutions International's iMIS users. The key to the organization's growth and stability is membership participation and leadership by the volunteer board of directors. The purpose of NiUG is best stated by its motto: "Share, Compare, Become More Aware". To learn more, visit www.NiUG.org.

    About ASI

    Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is the largest, privately owned global provider of web-based software for member- and donor-based not-for-profits, and has served nearly 3,000 customers and millions of users worldwide since 1991. The company has approximately 100 partners and 200 employees worldwide with offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.

    ASI is the developer of iMIS, an upgradeable software solution for managing associations, membership, non-profits and fundraising. iMIS is the most widely used association software in the world with three times the global market share of the nearest solution, and is a popular choice among a variety of other not-for-profits. iMIS 15, the latest evolution of iMIS, leverages Microsoft's .NET development platform to provide a flexible and open web-based solution.


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