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Archives: November 2008
25 November 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’ve been working with a client recently on reviewing and reengineering how they process data within their organization (business process review). As part of this project, the client is documenting all of their processes within their database. After receiving the first round of documentation, I was discussing the documentation process with my client and he...
20 November 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’m a sucker for time-saving gadgets. Even gadgets I would personally never have need for.  Here’s one described in InformationWeek magazine. It’s a wearable printer-scanner, designed by HP for UPS. In essence, what it lets the UPS staffer do is scan the UPS package and then spray sorting information ON the package, all from the...
18 November 2008, by , in Data Management, 3 comments
I serve as treasurer for my two sons’ cub scout troop. As part of that responsibility, of course, I need to pay invoices. As I prepared to pay a fairly large invoice today, I scanned the invoice to find the invoice number, so that I could include that on the check. I found that the...
If you're going to embark on a business intelligence initiative, you ought to have these five items in place before you do. More copy to go here explaining the finer points of Implementing Business Intelligence.
11 November 2008, by , in Data Management, 5 comments
One of my least favorite questions on the ASAE listserver is when an association membership professional says something to the effect of: “My membership retention rate is 75%. How does that compare to your association?” As I’ve written before, this question frustrates me because comparing retention rates, without context, provides absolutely no information as to...
Here’s a brief podcast (about three minutes) on my definition of business intelligence.

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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