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Archives: June 2007
29 June 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
There’s an old saying: “There are those that back up, and those that will.” And as I mention here, it’s critically important to back up your data. I learned the lesson the hard way, many years ago, when I deleted all the data from a database I had been working on for two days. Ever...
There was a thread on the ASAE technology listserver a few weeks back about whether an association should choose an AMS based on .net or PHP or something else. There was some interesting responses, but one of the best was from Bob Nedbal, Director of IT and Web Services, at the American Educational Research Association....
27 June 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
It was 20 years ago this June that I took a summer job at my college alumni association. I had no idea I would some day be in the association management business, but there I was, doing “data entry” for an association. And what did data entry entail, exactly? Well, it was three other guys...
27 June 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
Update: Many thanks to Lisa Junker at ASAE for sending me her copy of this post.  I published a post yesterday about doing data entry at my alumni association. I've accidentally deleted that post and there is no back-up for it. (Don't ask, I'll explain in a later post.) If you happen to have the...
I’ve ranted in the past about getting your mass emails right. Well it seems that even the big guys have problems when it comes to this stuff. I received an email from Gartner today offering a free report. I clicked through and got to the web page that was offering a pdf download of the...
On Wednesday of this week I spoke at ASAE's Marketing & Membership Conference. Another sold-out show for the MMC, which has become a premier event for membership and marketing folks. My presentation, along with Mary Pat Paris of IRP, was on managing the email opt-out process. One of the points that struck me as particularly...
18 June 2007, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
On Nick Senzee's blog, he writes about his experience with ASAE's Annual Meeting registration process. Nick raises some good points about the registration process that all associations should be aware of. Nick's primary complaint is that ASAE asks a lot of intrusive questions during the registration process. Ben Martin adds that ASAE should be able...
15 June 2007, by , in Rants and Kudos, No comments
You may recall an episode of Seinfeld where Jerry is having his kitchen re-done. Whenever Jerry asks his carpenter what he should do, the carpenter offers all kinds of options and then says "I can do whatever you want me to." Jerry gets so exasparated that he tells the carpenter to do whatever he wants....
14 June 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
I'll be speaking at ASAE's Marketing & Membership Conference in Baltimore next Wednesday, June 20. General information on the conference here. Program details here. If you're at the conference, please stop by and say hello to me after my session at 10.15am.  
As I mention in this post, having an issue tracker is a key tool for managing all the different issues that arise during the implementation and live usage of an association management system. But for some reason, until just recently, most of the AMS providers did not provide any kind of online system for submitting...

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“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

“We came to Wes because we were very frustrated with our existing AMS and we wanted to improve our capabilities as soon as practicable. Wes very quickly helped us through a process of identifying our needs, identifying potential vendors, and selecting a new system that we’ll be able to move into very quickly. I especially appreciated Wes’s candor about our processes as well as the systems we were looking at. He was a great resource to have in a period of high anxiety for our organization. I would highly recommend Wes for any similar project.”

Jack Chiasson, CMP Executive Director
National Association of Life Brokerage Agencies

“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

Mary Pat Paris
International Registration Plan

“This is the second database implementation we’ve done since I have been at Western Arts Alliance (WAA). The first I did on my own. This time we engaged Wes Trochlil as our database planning consultant. Let me tell you, this process is a whole lot easier having Wes on your team! For a small association like WAA, it’s tempting for board and EDs to question the justification and expense of a database planning consultant. But it’s the small associations that need Effective Database Management the most. Wes strengthened our planning process, clarified our needs requirements, helped us steer around solutions that couldn’t meet our objectives, and saved us money in the long haul.”

Tim Wilson, Executive Director
Western Arts Alliance

Tim Wilson
Western Arts Alliance