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Archives: January 2008
29 January 2008, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
My friend and colleague Rob Pitzer at the Smithsonian Institution asked me a great question: "How do you deal with the...
24 January 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
Just received my copy of the book Membership Essentials from ASAE. The book is a collection of writings by association...
SearchCIO-midmarket.com has a list of five hot IT trends for 2008, and surprise, surprise, business intelligence is on the list....
17 January 2008, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
One of the steps during the database implementation process is data conversion. Part of the data conversion process is identifying which...
15 January 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I'll frequently hear from my clients and other database managers, "Our members keep creating duplicate records of themselves, rather than...
11 January 2008, by , in About This Blog, No comments
This weblog is focused on the association management system (AMS) software market. The objective of this blog is to provide a...
11 January 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
Anyone who has heard me speak about database management systems knows that I'm a big fan of users groups. One...
I recently received a copy of NTEN's CRM Satisfaction survey (you can get your own copy here). Here are my...

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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