Simply put, ASCnet can best be summarized as "users
In the mid 1980's, a small group of insurance agents got
together on a rather informal basis because they had one
thing in common -- they were all automating their
offices with Applied Systems' The Agency Manager. It was
a time when our whole way of doing business, running an
office, and communicating with one another was
undergoing a dramatic technological revolution. The
biggest comfort was in knowing that others were just as
confused and frustrated as they were and that there was
some strength in numbers when approaching the vendor
with their common needs and concerns.
The first user group was formed in Wisconsin, and as
Applied Systems grew as a company, it wasn't long before
users banded together in other states and formally
incorporated on the national level.
Now an international association, ASCnetís membership
ranks have swelled to close to 5,000 members
representing over 110,000 users of Applied Systems'
software. The ASCnet family extends across the North
American continent to Canada and across the seas to
Jamaica, the Bahamas, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin
Islands, Scotland and the United Kingdom. ASCnet members
encompass every position in the agency: from principal
and producers, to CSRs and network administrators,
everyone can benefit from ASCnet.
What makes ASCnet different from many other user groups
is that membership is voluntary -- users make a
conscious, independent decision on whether or not they
want to belong and support the work of the association
through dues dollars.
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