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Archives: November 2007
30 November 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
I was cleaning up my internet favorites the other day. One of the folders I have within my favorites is one called “Client databases,” which, oddly enough, are bookmarks to some of my clients’ online databases. Included in that folder are clients from as many as four years ago. Just for fun, I checked to...
28 November 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’ve been working with a client recently on consolidating all of their data into a single data management system. They have an association management system that is robust enough to manage just about every data set they have, but they haven’t centralized all of the data yet. As a first step in the process, we’ve...
13 November 2007, by , in Data Management, 1 comment
One of my (many) soapboxes is tryi to get people to back up their data and make sure it’s backed up. I’ve written about it here. So I was pleased to see Newsweek magazine writing about it recently here. But what was shocking was what the author wrote: “I’ve been a tech writer at NEWSWEEK...
8 November 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
All of my clients know that I'm a huge proponent of users groups. I like 'em so much, I actually co-founded one in the past, and I frequently encourage my clients to do the same with their association management system vendors. So I was very encouraged to learn about the SharePoint Users Group (www.thesug.org), a...
5 November 2007, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’ve written about training in the past (see here). I was also recently quoted on monster.com about how to get the most out of software training. You can read that here.
James Michael-Hill, Web/Database Manager for the Utilities Telecom Council, posted a note to the Avectra Users Group, explaining how he has built a utility for allowing Avectra's netForum to communicate with Drupal, an open source content management system. This is very cool for a couple of reasons: Because James is part of the Avectra users group,...

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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