7 Things to Expect from a Software Provider Beyond the Technology

Software providers love to talk about the bells and whistles. As important as the features are – technology has to meet your functional needs – there are other crucial factors to take into account when selecting a software provider. If you are considering recreation software, be sure to ask providers about these eight factors:    Continue reading

5 Free Ways to Look Like a Graphic Design Wiz

Parks and recreation professionals often have to wear many hats (sorry, but sometimes there’s no way around a cliche). Depending on the size of your agency, you could be the director, marketing pro, accountant, and front-desk fill-in. And when it comes to marketing, you need a way to pull together nice graphics for your recreation guides, emails, social media channels, mass mailings, and more.

Here are five free online tools that will help you, the multiple-hat-wearing P&R pro, step up your graphic design game:    Continue reading

10 Important Software Terms Defined for Recreation Professionals

online registrationMost recreation professionals work with some sort of software. And if they don’t, they could be looking for a software provider or working with an IT team on some solutions. But with words like the cloud, SaaS, and hybrid, software  talk can turn into a different language. To be prepared for your next software talk, here are ten important terms to know:

1. Hosted, on-demand, cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS): These all mean the same thing. Organizations host their software and data externally with a provider and can access it over the internet from anywhere at any time. The software provider is responsible for new releases, security, maintenance and up time.     Continue reading

How to Manage Your P&R Agency Better, Faster, and Easier

parks and rec softwareBuilding a healthier community is the ultimate goal for a parks and recreation agency. But in the past few years, budget and staff cuts have made it harder to focus on that goal given the time spent on day-to-day rec management. However, technology can help parks and recreation agencies manage processes better, faster, and easier:     Continue reading

NIRSA 2012 Conference: ‘Navigating the Future of Collegiate Recreation’

The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is hosting it’s annual conference in Tampa, Florida from March 27 – 30, 2012. For our campus rec people out there: will we be seeing you there? More than 2,000 campus recreation professionals and students will gather to discuss new innovations and more at the conference titled, “From Ideas to Innovation: Navigating the Future of Collegiate Recreation.”

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How 4 Universities are Benefiting from Campus Recreation Software

Photo by Eric Gillespie; ucsc.edu.

Campus recreation departments strive to make the campus community healthier by opening great facilities and offering active programs, classes, and events. But sometimes, the day-to-day management takes time away from focusing on that mission. Here are four examples of how campus recreation software has helped management, staff, and students spend more time on health and less on paperwork:     Continue reading

UC Santa Cruz Reaches its Yearly Goal of $5000 in 2 Days (Case Study)

UCSC campus recreation softwarePrior to 2010, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) offered its 16,000 students access to more than 200 physical activities, recreations, and sports with a pen, piece of paper, a small system for registrations, and some Excel sheets.

Challenge: Time-consuming, inefficient, spread-out systems  Continue reading