Do more with Less

The drive to go digital, do more with less and getting buy-in for new initiatives puts stress on resources and staff.

The associations goal is to reduce cost, increase services and drive agility but investment in employees and recognition and support of volunteers has to be considered when trying to reach this goal.

Programs and applications need to be easy to use and accessible anywhere.

Get staff opinions and advice, post relevant information, find out sources and web sites used by staff, and stay engaged in conversations.

Power BI

Power BI Information Sites

Links to Power BI information from the Mile High Power BI Users Group – –

–                                                – Microsoft Main Power BI Site

– – Microsoft Main Power BI Blog

–                         – Microsoft Main Power BI Community Site

–                   – MSDN Power BI blog

– – Power BI YouTube channel

–                                – Custom Visuals Library for Power BI


Download Free Power BI book PDF Format     – Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star

office365, Sharepoint

Company Intranet – Office 365 Sites using Terms Store Management and Taxonomy

Using the Term Store Management tool and Taxonomy for navigation and a quick links section for documents and links that staff request frequently.



First create a document library to load documents


The Navigation is based on the taxonomy


File is uploaded to the intranet site and then tagged with a Company Type and Company description that are chosen from Drop Downs.



The file will appear on the pages based on the type and description



Files are also easily located through the search function


Terms Store Management

Links on how to setup Terms Store navigation:

Enable managed Navigation in SharePoint online.

How to create and manage Terms in a term set.










Augmented reality, Entertainment, Social Networking

Pokémon Go – Nostalgia for the Millennials 

I am a mom of three and recently my kids all got hooked on the newest craze, Pokémon Go. (It is worthwhile to note my kids are all between the ages of 24 and 30 years old.) It’s so funny to see them excited over the very same characters that gave them a huge thrill when they would wait in line at the game store for a new pack of Pokémon cards between 8 and 13 years old. The way their eyes would light up at the glimpse of a holographic card as they opened the pack was the same I see when there is a Pikachu in the front yard now, and the very same disappointment and quick dismissal of cards they’ve already collected appears when they see it’s just a zubat flying by the Starbucks and turn their phone down and return to conversation.

I imagine they feel a lot of the same nostalgia as they meet up with friends and compare stats, then battle for power over their local hotspots. They joined different teams (just as they had different color versions of the game growing up) and are now battling to keep the gyms at their home and work under their teams control.  As they grew up playing this game, with tiny Pokemaster digital creations in their Gameboys, they all had the same wish- that it could be REAL. Despite the TWENTY years that have now passed, the child inside of them is unbelievably delighted to finally be given the chance to make their childhood dream come true. They proudly roam the streets waiting for a rare Pokémon to pop up, shouting to fellow players when there is a Scyther just down the street. My daughter even dropped a Pokémon off at the gym at her brother’s work after hours on her way home from a meeting for him to battle in the morning.

My daughter went out Monday night to celebrate her birthday and was shocked to see the usually quiet streets milling with people. One glance at the Pokémon App explained it all, she saw that there were three pokestops at the waterfront with lures drawing all of these people. She went inside and after an hour left to walk to another establishment and along the walk encountered no less than 100 people with new friends and old, catching and battling their Pokémon’s. Quick tip: Ben and Jerry’s at the waterfront of Old Town, Alexandria is a gym, and a highly competitive one apparently. As she walked through she heard excitement, joy, and friendly banter which was so incredibly refreshing after how heavy this world has become. She ran into old friends who she rarely sees and with the simple act of pulling out her phone she made new ones.

Industry experts have been trying everything they can think of to attract and engage the Millennials and it seems to be that Nintendo has found a hook. They are giving them a unique way to link up with one another and leave their assumed social circles to interact, combining it with some of their favorite things; true social engagement, nostalgia (reminiscing about their childhood), and technology.

Technology used for meeting up and connecting has been attempted by different dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, and when the craving for new friendships was recognized Bumble BFF was released to encourage non-romantic meet-ups. We saw the true foreshadowing of augmented reality entertainment with the incredible surge Snapchat saw after introducing their filters, giving people a chance to meet up with friends and swap faces with one another (or their pet) with hilarious results. Seeing the next step in augmented reality have amazing success, companies will look even more to augmented reality in their creations in the near future.


CRM, Membership, Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Association Membership Software – What is it?

What is an AMS?

Links to articles by Chad Stewart from SmartThoughts 

Articles on Membership Software

What the Heck is Membership Software

The ROI of Membership Software

eBooks on Membership Software

Links to Articles by Wes Trochlil  from Effective Database Management

AMS Articles

An AMS Case Study