With the recent completion of the YourMembership (YM) association management software (AMS) migration to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment, we’re back to a normal YM software development and release rhythm. So, we’re excited to share some updates and new features we will introduce during the next several months.
Here we go.
Going to GDPR and beyond.
Stabilizing your platform.
Moving to AWS was the first step in a forward-thinking strategy to better stabilize platform performance and responsiveness. During the coming months, YM will continue to make updates, remove inefficiencies and optimize our application and supporting infrastructure to create the end-user experience your staff and members expect.
We’re focused on optimizing heavy queries to decrease page load times and removing redundancies in how we handle CSS compilation. We’re also getting smarter about how we leverage advanced caching capabilities available to us through new tools provided by AWS.
Fixing high-impact defects.
In addition to performance, we are re-focused on releasing fixes to issues making an impact on your organization’s day-to-day operations. These will improve your operational efficiency and increase your revenue.
The high-impact fixes will also be more efficiently released. We can now push updates without scheduling maintenance downtimes. We’ve been releasing fixes on a weekly basis since our cut-over (May 19, 2018). And, we plan to close the gap on the backlog of issues we’ve discovered or seen reported during the past several months.
For more details about YM’s most recent releases, please review our release notes here. You may also review our recent releases by navigating from the YM admin area to Support -> Support Home and clicking on the “Product Release Notes” area in the bottom right of the page.
Securing your recurring revenue.
During the next couple of months, YM will release an enhanced version of our BluePay gateway integration. This will occur with the introduction of two key features. These features will increase overall security and better ensure consistency in your recurring revenue channels.
Tokenized payments greatly enhance the security of your credit card and ACH transaction through secure tokens. While YM complies with PCI requirements to ensure your account information is securely transmitted via the latest TLS protocols, you can think of these tokens as keys to a vault. They keep your sensitive account information even safer.
Account Updater will automatically update changes to card information. It will secure your recurring revenue without the need for the cardholder to update their information. Gone are the days of trying to track down a member and have them update their new credit card.
Account Updater works with Visa, Mastercard and Discover for verification against their databases, which are continuously updated when cardholder information changes. Typical scenarios include expired, lost or stolen, or upgraded cards specific to a cardholder account.
What’s best about this update? As a BluePay client, you can take advantage of this feature at no additional cost.
Responding to your feedback.
YM has prided itself on the ability to provide you with regular releases based on thoughts you directly submit through our Unity Idea Box. During the second half of 2018, we’re eager to refocus our roadmap efforts to build and release features that have won the most support from our administrator community.
Some of the top vote-getters include the following:
Customizable event name badges.
Receiving nearly 100 votes in our Unity Idea Box, YM will update the existing event badge feature. It will soon provide customizable logos, additional form fields, and flexibility with font size and face for your individual events. With an easy-to-use visual interface, you can quickly upload and change your preferred logo, update font color and font face, and choose which dynamic field elements you want to include. In addition, these can be positioned on the badge as you see fit. Configurations can be previewed in real time through a “Badge Sample” preview.
Member preferred address.
Receiving nearly 70 votes in our Unity Idea Box, YM will enhance the preferred address functionality. This will allow your members to define their preference. Today, as the administrator, you can set the preferred default address at the member type level—either individual or organization. Moving forward, we put the decision in your members’ hands. You will still have the option to define the default. But, your members will have the final say as to which address is selected as their primary.
Enforcing email uniqueness.
Another update request with a high vote count in our Unity Idea Box is the validation of email during registration and the creation of new member records. We will add this functionality to align with our overhaul of the member registration process and workflow. We will make this email validation an optional configuration for our administrators. That’s because we understand some organizations may not want to enforce this based on how specific records are configured within your YM CRM.
In addition to the highlights we’ve outlined, we look forward to providing you and your members with valuable updates and enhancements during the coming months. We expect to deliver them in a timely manner, with no need for scheduled maintenance or downtime events.