For over 60 years, AIIM has been the leading non-profit organization focused on helping users to understand the challenges associated with managing documents, content, records, and business processes. AIIM was founded in 1943 as the National Microfilm Association and later became the Association for Information and Image Management. AIIM is also known as the enterprise content management (ECM) association.
Today, AIIM is international in scope, independent, and implementation-focused. As the industry's intermediary, AIIM represents the entire industry - including users, suppliers, and the channel.
As a neutral and unbiased source of information, AIIM serves the needs of its members and the industry.
Why am I a Professional Member of AIIM?
Research. The AIIM community and leaders keep their fingers on the pulse of ECM and related industries, and they continuously crank out fantastic research on a variety of important topics. Much of this research is free of charge, as it is underwritten by numerous industry sponsors.
Focus. Since they are vendor-neutral, AIIM is free to focus on business processes and trends, rather than basing all conversations on a particular technology or product that they are selling. Too many "I.T." departments and leaders are focused on technology and platform as their solutions, with little to no regard for examining process and purpose first and architecting solutions to meet actual needs. AIIM helps to correct this for all who will listen.
Community. It is great getting to know other leaders in the field of intelligent information and content management!
ROI. Since I am pursuing Certifications through AIIM, the Professional Membership reduces my TCO for the very first Master certification I'm getting. And a lot of their tools and research cost $40-100, unless you are a Professional Member. It is definitely worth the investment!