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New Portal Enhances Member Services From MISA/ASIM Canada Chapters

January 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
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It’s like a village square for the whole country. The new MISA portal you are visiting offers more online services to the municipal IT community than ever before.

The portal provides not just information but a place to meet friends, find out what’s happening with MISA chapters and their member organizations, discuss issues, raise questions and find key contacts.

Launched January 15, the portal is a collaborative platform for MISA/ASIM Canada and its five independent chapters. Integrated into the platform are websites for two chapters, MISA Ontario and MISA Prairies. MISA Atlantic is also planning a site within the portal, while the sites of MISA BC and RIMQ are linked to the portal via the Chapters menu.

The portal was created by a team o f volunteers who began planning it during the MISA Ontario Annual Conference at Hamilton in May 2012.

Working with MISA Prairies and MISA Canada, the MISA Ontario Communications & Web Committee undertook a thorough RFP process, selected a vendor to build and host the platform -- YourMembership.com – designed the portal and oversaw the completion of its initial content.

Leading the initiative were Shannon McKay of Halton Region, chair of the Communications & Web Committee; Randy Huitema of Perth County and Sven Tretrop of the City of Mississauga.

Many Features

Member organizations within the chapters can use this collaborative platform to take advantage of the many benefits of being a MISA member. They have access to value-added features and content such as:

  • Discounted fees for events and functions;
  • Self management of information about your member organization and its authorized registrants;
  • Bios, blogs and photos posted by individuals on their personal pages;
  • Forums, document sharing, committees and special interest groups.

Member representatives can upload documents to share with others. These documents could be policies, RFP and job postings, or anything else you feel would benefit your fellow municipal IT managers.

Sharing of information and viewpoints is very important to the municipal IT community. This new portal provides a central place for such conversations. In the Social Media section, you can engage with MISA colleagues using social-media sites established by all chapters encompassing LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

The Group Rooms section is for interaction with MISA groups. When you sign in as a member representative, all the chapter, committee and SIG group rooms will appear in this menu. Group members can use the Group Feed feature to add new information to the room.

This new portal is designed to bring people in the MISA/ASIM Canada community into closer contact than ever before. We hope you will make active use of all the features, and we welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

To contact us please send a note to info@misa.on.ca, or for registration assistance check the Site Help section.