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Archives: October 2008
30 October 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’ve written in the past about the need for conducting a public relations campaign for your database. You can read that here. One of the reasons a PR campaign is so critical is the anchoring effect. The anchoring effect is a pyschology term that essentially says that we “anchor” on one piece of information to...
28 October 2008, by , in Data Management, 1 comment
Did you ever notice that it’s easier to find information simply using Google than it is to find information in your database? Why is that? Compare these two processes and see what you come up with: Count the number of clicks it takes for you to look up a name in your database until you...
23 October 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’ve posted a new article on my website, entitled “Healthcare and Your Database.” Of course, if you’re already on my announcements list, you would have received notice of this new article right in your email box. Not signed up yet? Sign up here.
22 October 2008, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
I’m working on a research project to identify the factors that contribute most to the long-term success of an association management system (AMS). To that end I am going to interview several associations that I consider to have highly successful AMS implementations. My request is a simple one. If you know of an association (even...
16 October 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I spoke recently for the Association Forum of Chicagoland on Business Intelligence. Afterwords I sat for a short interview on the topic of Business Intelligence.
14 October 2008, by , in Data Management, 3 comments
As I watch the world financial crisis unfold, one contributing factor that has arisen is that there is a “lack of trust” among and between banks. In other words, because Bank A can’t trust what Bank B says about its solvency, Bank A won’t loan Bank B money. As a result, banks have stopped lending...
9 October 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
When discussing data management issues with clients I often hear “We want to be more efficient.” Of course, we all want to be more efficient, but efficiency as a goal implies that you’re doing the right thing, just not in the right way. I would suggest that, quite often, we’re actually not doing the right...
2 October 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’ve posted a new article on my website, entitled “What’s Plaguing Associations 2008.” Of course, if you’re already on my announcements list, you would have received notice of this new article right in your email box. Not signed up yet? Sign up here.

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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