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24 May 2011, by , in Uncategorized, 2 comments
I get high praise from my clients for the work I do, but this one takes the cake:
We all know that ROI = return on investment. When considering any investment, we should consider what the return on that investment will be. So if I’m going to spend $100,000 on a new database, for example, what kind of return can I expect on that $100,000? That’s a good exercise to run through. But...
I was speaking to an association executive recently about the idea of adding a database manager to their staff (I discuss the concept of a database manager here). As we discussed this, she asked “If we’ve gotten by for the past ten years without a database manager, why do we need this position now?” There...
The difference between compliance and commitment is simple; compliance means one is doing something because they have to, for fear of some negative result, (e.g., losing their job). Commitment means doing something because one believes that what one is doing is the right thing to do. When it comes the staff’s use of your database,...
I’ve owned a Kindle 3 since last October and have really enjoyed it. I don’t read it every day, but probably read it once a week. The other day I picked it up to read one of my books and noticed two small hairline cracks on the plastic bezel emanating from the bottom corners of...
17 May 2011, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
I’ve posted a new article on my website. One of the reasons I’ve always been attracted to technology is because I’m inherently lazy. I really get my kicks when the computer can do all the work for me. I can recall way back when, making the move from DOS to Windows programs, and how excited I...

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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