Benefits of Membership

“Top 10” benefits to becoming a PODS Association Member:

1 – Legal use of the PODS Pipeline Data Model

The PODS Pipeline Data Model is the intellectual property of the PODS Association, Inc. and the Association holds the exclusive right, title, and interest, including copyright, to this intellectual property. In order to legally use the PODS Pipeline Data Model, your company must be a member of the PODS Association, or have been a member when the version you are using was released.

2 – Receive New Releases

The work of the PODS Technical Committee on Governance is to incorporate approved changes, enhancements, and improvements to the PODS Pipeline Data Model. Both major and minor releases of the PODS Data Model occur periodically. The Association also publishes updates to PODS documentation, including the PODS Data Dictionary, the PODS Implementation Guide, PODS Data Interchange Standards, and other documentation. To receive new releases and documentation updates, you must be a current member of the PODS Association.

3 – Unlimited Access to PODS Online Resources

Some areas of the PODS website are accessible only by login. Your employees’ access to these areas is governed through our membership database. An unlimited number of member-company employees may create a login to the PODS website. Members may download current and past releases of the PODS Pipeline Data Model and documentation. Also available are PODS Data Interchange Standards, sample domain values, and other documentation. The Association has also created the PODS Technical Forum and Wiki-PODS, where PODS members post questions, and read and search for answers to questions, and review, search, and collaborate on PODS documentation in a members-only environment.

4 – Voting Rights

Each member company may cast a single vote in PODS Board of Directors elections, and in other matters put before the membership for vote. The voting member for each company is designated on the PODS membership form.

5 – Advanced Review of New Releases

Once a new release is approved by the PODS Technical Committee and the PODS Board of Directors, it is sent to PODS member companies for review and comment. Members are encouraged to test the changes included in the new release, and to submit comments back to the Association on their findings. These comments are compiled and each one is addressed. The dialogue of comments and responses is documented and included in the final release documentation, as well as a detailed description of any modifications made to the model as a result of the comments received.

6 – The Opportunity for Representation on the PODS Technical Committee and the PODS Board of Directors

PODS member companies are encouraged to submit candidates to serve on the PODS Technical Committee and the PODS Board of Directors. Participation on the Technical Committee is subject to Technical Committee Steering Committee approval. PODS Board members are elected by PODS-member companies. Each member company in good standing may nominate candidates for these positions.

7 – Recognition as a PODS member

PODS maintains a list of current member companies on the PODS website, including a link to each company’s website. Each new member company has the option to authorize PODS to display this information when they submit their membership form. PODS members may display the PODS logo for as long as they maintain their membership in the Association. This includes web, print, and email advertising, as well as tradeshows and exhibits.

8 – Learn from pipeline data managers from around the globe

Many of the issues faced by any one member are common across the industry. To ensure that an organization makes the most effective decisions, they need to be aware of industry best practices and lessons learned.

Each year at the PODS User Conference, member companies give presentations on technical challenges they have faced, and the solutions they have developed. These best practices and lessons learned can help you to avoid roadblocks and pitfalls, and lead to a more efficient solution.

9 – Network with other PODS users

PODS provides its members with opportunities to interact with their peers in the international pipeline community. Attending the PODS User Conference, joining Work Groups and Committees, and participating in the online Technical Forum can help individuals to establish and build long-term industry peer relationships.

The annual PODS User Conference brings together pipeline data management experts from around the globe, and offers a uniquely open forum to discuss challenges, developments, real-world experiences, and progress in the field of pipeline data collection, analysis, and management. Many individuals have indicated that the knowledge gained from conversations with other members is one of the most valuable benefits of their continued membership in the PODS Association.

10 – No cost Attendance at the PODS User Conference

Member companies are strongly encouraged to attend the annual PODS User Conference. Each member company may send multiple attendees at no cost, but the number of free attendees may vary from year to year.