Discover the Freedom of Remote Access to CDM+

In today’s world of laptop computers and ever more sophisticated mobile devices, we get information and communicate in ways that were once seen only in sci-fi or spy movies. Just 10 years ago only about 25% of all people in the world had access to the Internet; today 80% are connected. How often do you perform some type of online financial transaction, whether it is to check an account balance or pay a bill? Today’s traveler goes online to book a flight, reserve a rental car, check out hotel options and find the best restaurants and attractions to visit. 10% of all retail sales are online. We turn to the Internet to get hour-by-hour weather forecasts rather than wait for the 6 PM local newscast. Instant access to information is no longer the realm of Star Trek or James Bond. Getting information, conducting business or being entertained when we want and where we want is as commonplace as eating breakfast or brushing our teeth.

With our 24/7, on-demand lifestyle why should having access to our church’s information be any different? When we need to contact someone in the church, why pull out a printed directory that may be out of date and incorrect? When the youth pastor needs to know the status of the youth budget for the meeting on Sunday night, why shouldn’t she be able to pull the account up on her laptop while sitting in the coffee shop, just like she does with her personal credit card? When we have volunteers who are willing to give of their time and talent to help the church, why not let them to do it on their schedules and in the comfort of their homes? It’s a world of high tech connectivity, and the church should be in that world also.

For the past four years CDM+ has offered a unique and secure way to accomplish this connectivity. Without sacrificing the power and control of a desktop application, CDM+ remote access options can provide church staff members with 24/7 access to important information. Remote access to CDM+ means you don’t have to be at the office to keep up with important contacts and visitation records of your church community. Using remote access to CDM+, you can set up volunteers to enter attendance records or call members outside of office hours (when they might actually reach someone!) and get sorely needed demographic information—all while sitting comfortably at their home computers. With remote access, church leaders are empowered to do their work with information that is up-to-date and timely. Not that we want to create an environment where you are “on the clock” 24/7, but having the freedom to carry out your responsibilities when and where you need to is good stewardship of time and resources.

So how do we accomplish this? How do we insure the church information is secure? What kind of infrastructure is needed? What are the vulnerabilities and pitfalls in having such access? Do we have to call in the IT person to set this up? In the next issue of The CDM+ Connection we will be exploring the available options and how to best set up CDM+ for remote connectivity.