Best Wishes for 2019 from AIS
Friday, January 4, 2019
Posted by: Brook Pritchett
Dear AIS Members,
Thank you for being a member of the Association for Information Systems! We are glad to take this opportunity to report on AIS has accomplished in the past year and exciting things we can look forward to in 2019. AIS will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2019 and it also marks the 40th Anniversary of our premier conference the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). AIS is the global leading society in the advancement of knowledge and promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. Your support is the key to success and we always have our members’ value in mind.
2018 is a very successful year. We have made significant improvement in our online services and accomplished major achievements. The following outlines a few of them:
- Our membership has exceeded 4400 from more than 100 countries. AIS is truly a global organization to lead the development of information systems area.
- AIS is financially sound. After a few years of lean spending, we ended the fiscal year with a surplus to budget. Thanks for the efforts of our AMCIS and ICIS conference chairs, committees, AIS Council and to members like you who have played an integral role in the process.
- The four major conferences were successfully held with ECIS 2018 in Portsmouth, PACIS 2018 in Yokohama, AMCIS 2018 in New Orleans and of course ICIS 2018 in San Francisco. ICIS 2018 was a big success with the largest number of paid participants. Thanks for the effort of the organizing team in overcoming many challenges, including a strike of hotel employees that ended days before the conference.
- One of our goals was to strengthen our journal portfolio and we are happy to inform you that MIS Quarterly Executive (MISQE) has been added to the AIS portfolio as an official journal. Thanks to Alan Dennis, along with Editor-in-Chief Dorothy Leidner, and Carol Brown, Jeanne Ross for their contributions.
- As our journal offering continues to grow, so does our eLibrary, which currently hosts more than 41,000 papers, with more than 3,600 added just in 2018. Since the beginning of the eLibrary, there have been more than 5.9 million downloads. I believe most of you have found this resource valuable to your research.
- Special interest groups and local chapters are important to the growth of AIS. In 2018, we added SIG Advances in Sourcing, the Germany Chapter, and many student chapters to our roster. As our communities continue to grow, we encourage all of you to become engaged in the various groups who cater to your specialized interests. Major upgrades to the AIS eLibrary site were completed during 2018 including mobile compatibility, secure packet authentication, PLUMX metrics and a refreshed interface more consistent with AISnet.org.
- The enhancement of our online platform also allows AIS to better support our regional conferences and activities. PACIS at Yokohama was a success and the even more exciting thing is that PACIS starts adopt AIS registration system and it worked very well. We are looking for more collaboration with ECIS and other regional events.
As for 2019, we look forward to more enhancement in our strategic growth. Below are a few sample items:
- Celebrating our 25th anniversary at AMCIS 2019 and ICIS 40th anniversary at ICIS 2019.
- Seeking more strategic partners to increase impact in academia and practitioners.
- Refreshed logos for AIS, JAIS, CAIS and other AIS journals. We also need to make effort to promote JAIS to be a top-tier journal in our area.
- Continuously Expanding our journal portfolio and the AIS eLibrary, making them more valuable to our members.
- Improving our IT platform to better support our conferences, e-library, and other activities.
- Stabilizing our office staff to expedite the learning curve for upgraded service to our members.
- Developing loyalty programs to build closer relationships with our members, such as planning for a tiered membership.
- The planning continues and the excitement grows for PACIS19 in Xi’an China, ECIS19 in Sweden, AMCIS19 in Cancun and ICIS19 in Munich. There are also numerous regional chapter conferences such as SAIS19 in St. Simons Island Georgia, MWAIS19 in Wisconsin and the AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. We would like to encourage all of you to attend at least one or two of these events. Developing more sponsorship from leading institutions to strengthen our finance.
The above items are samples and we are committed to find best ways to work toward fulfilling the mission of AIS. Your support is essential for value co-creation. We look forward to another excellent year for serving you and the global IS community. We wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year!
Ting-Peng Liang, President and AIS Council
Mathew Nelson, Academic Executive Director and Staff