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Archives: February 2012
15 February 2012, by , in Data Management, 2 comments
One of the most important things you can do when training new users in a database is to provide context. That is, prior to actually training someone on how to do something, take just a minute or two to explain WHAT you’re going to be doing, and WHY we’re using the database to do this....
13 February 2012, by , in Data Management, No comments
I was sitting in a  meeting recently for an organization I do volunteer work with. The organization was explaining that they are tracking “face-to-face” engagement by tracking in-person meeting registrations. When I asked if they were also tracking face-tof-ace meetings like the one I was sitting in, there was an uncomfortable pause and then a...
8 February 2012, by , in AMS CEO Podcast Series, 1 comment
This is the fifth in my 2012 series of podcast interviews that I’ve been conducting with CEOs from providers of association management software. Today’s interview is with Bill Stover, President and CEO of YourMembership.com. In this interview we discuss yourmembership.com’s AMS offering and the convergence of database, website, and social media tools.
7 February 2012, by , in Job Listings, No comments
My colleague Jen Johnson at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is seeking to fill a senior manager position, overseeing customer service and order processing. The position requires someone who knows Aptify and has the ability to create views, queries, and reports (and is also someone who is the go-between from IT to all the end users)....
This is the fourth in my 2012 series of podcast interviews that I’ve been conducting with CEOs from providers of association management software. Today’s interview is with Charlie Vinal, President and CEO of Euclid Technology. In this interview we discuss Euclid’s AMS offering and how associations are spending on technology. [podcast_episode episode=”5442″ content=”player”]
3 February 2012, by , in AMS CEO Podcast Series, 1 comment
This is the third in my 2012 series of podcast interviews that I’ve been conducting with CEOs from providers of association management software. Today’s interview is with Dmitry Buterin, Chief Apricot of Wild Apricot. In this interview we discuss Wild Apricot’s free and low-cost AMS offerings. [podcast_episode episode=”5446″ content=”player”]
This is the second in my 2012 series of podcast interviews that I’ve been conducting with CEOs from providers of association management software. Today’s interview is with Brian Choate, President and CEO of Timberlake Membership Software. In this interview we discuss Timberlake’s latest focus on technology and how smaller associations can better use their AMS software.

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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

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Western Arts Alliance