Our strategy for 2019-20:
The IRMS Executive, at it's strategic meeting in July, met to discuss progress on the current strategy, reflect on worked well and no so well for 2018-19 and look to what we could achieve for 2019-20.
Our strategy and work programme for 2019-20 is broken up into 4 areas of development work. These are outlined below with examples of the sorts of things we will be focusing on.
The leadership team is keen to ensure that we continue to grow our membership in the positive direction is has grown in recent years. In this work stream we are looking at refreshing our membership structure to ensure it is relevant for the 21st century and ensure that we are offering the most that we can do our individual and corporate members. In this work stream we will be looking at;
Consulting with students on how we can make their membership work best for them
Targeting specific markets and sectors with the benefits of membership to wider our membership base
Developing our professional standards both through our work on other standards bodies as well as looking at the need for template job roles etc
Working with partner membership bodies on issues that affect the wider profession, especially issues around diversity and equality
One of the key areas to ensuring that membership of the IRMS remains good value for money and relevant to the modern information professional is content that we host, own and signpost to. We will therefore be looking at refreshing our content and researching the need for more content based on what our members want. This includes;
- A review of our current content to agree a strategy for further development or decommission
Review and publication of the Academies toolkit
Develop and deploy a series of webinars with the support of our partners and suppliers
Deploy a social media discussion and engagement campaign to raise the awareness of IRM/IG related matters and issues
The Executive is keen to ensure that the IRMS grows from a wide range of funding sources. This helps keep subscriptions as low as we can get them while also allowing the IRMS to keep up with a changing profession and changing technological world (and the joys of inflation). With that in mind we have a range of things underway to broaden our income channels and help add even more benefit and value to the Society. This includes;
Development of a commercial portfolio for use by prospective sponsors and vendors on how they can get involved and support the Society
Researching and looking to build a CRM for IRMS use, with the possibility of extending this into a supplier database for membership use
We have a number of changes underway to improve the Societies overall technical capability to ensure we can deliver the services members need in a timely and 21st century fashion. It also allows us and our wide and diverse range of volunteers to work effectively, share data effectively and securely while ensuring we practice what we preach and effectively manage our data and records. This includes;
- Deployment of Office 365 including a new meeting portal and webinar platform.
- Review of our use of YourMembership to ensure we are using the website tools and functionality to the best we can
- Review and upgrade of the JobsBoard functionality
- Exploring options for changing banks to support our new accounting software and avoiding recent issues with banking access and support