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Archives: February 2010
24 February 2010, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
The ASAE Tech Conference was snowed out, but you can still see the session I was going to present. I’m participating in Snowtech 2010, which features several of the sessions that were not presented at the 2010 ASAE Tech Conference. My session, entitled “Putting Your Data to Work: Tip and Techniques for Effectively Managing Your...
22 February 2010, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
David Gammel of High Context Consulting and I are fielding a survey, The Snowpocalypse Operations Survey, to assess how the repeated snow storms over the past couple of weeks impacted your operations, in particular how you think it impacted your external facing services. Our goal is determine the impact and assess what organizations successfully did to...
17 February 2010, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
Two new articles have been posted to my website. The first is The Untapped Sources of Business Intelligence. For many associations, useful behavioral data exists beyond what is typically managed in the AMS. And while this data may not be as easily accessible as the AMS data, it can provide valuable additional context about members...
16 February 2010, by , in Data Management, No comments
NTEN (the Nonprofit Technology Network) just released the results of their Data Ecosystem Survey. As they explain on their website: The data ecosystem is the collection of tools we use to manage all the ways we interact with donors, volunteers, activists, and supporters. We wanted to find out how happy organizations are with each of the...
2 February 2010, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
I admit I’m a data freak. I loves me some good stats. But one has to be very careful when interpreting data, especially something like “percentage increase.” For example, in this article, the sub-head states: “Millennials show the highest increase in participation [of loyalty programs]” The article goes on to say “… participation jumped 19...

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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