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    Posted February 2, 2012

AEA Will Launch Two New Websites to Address Members' Needs

The rapidly changing technology landscape has impacted everyone, whether it's an individual, business or union. Actors' Equity Association is no exception, and this year the Union will launch two new websites designed to make it easier to manage information for both members and employers.

The Member Portal and the Employer Portal are two key components in the larger scope of an internal technology infrastructure overhaul. The new system will provide more flexibility, improved integration with other technologies and the ability to facilitate business process workflow. While that may sound a little "techie speak," the end result will be a faster, safer and more intuitive way to have the most up-to-date information readily available, and it will address the members' needs in an effective and efficient manner.

As internal improvements are made so staff can better serve the membership, a new and improved Member Portal will be launched this winter. The new portal will have its own address: A member can view his or her profile and update it in real time as emails, phone numbers or addresses change. They will be able to vote in Union elections online, subscribe to email lists by topic, and much more. Other advantages will include a paperless billing option, and the same online payment options (credit cards and ACH) as the current member site. Security has been a mainstay in Equity's system and this new portal will continue to offer enhanced security.

According to National IT Director Doug Beebe, "Our goal is to provide our members with the best services possible. As we designed this new Member Portal, we kept the needs of the members as the core driver in our plans. Our work at Equity is first and foremost about the members."

In addition to the Member site, the Union will introduce a new Employer Portal, This portal will allow employers to interact with Equity staff, and submit production information electronically, reducing the need for duplicate data entry. Future features will include electronic contracts, and submission of working dues payments to the Union. For the member, this means a more efficient interaction with Producers.

The changes in Equity's IT system will not stop with the launch of these two new portals. Beebe and his IT team, along with other key staff members, continue to work on new and improved systems to better serve the members. The ideas are many and with advancements occurring quickly, Equity is keeping pace in the new technology playing field.

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