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Archives: September 2012
25 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, 2 comments
This one isn’t so much a philosophy as just a sensible business practice. You MUST have some type of disaster recovery plan in place. And not just for your technology, but for your entire organization’s operations. (By definition this includes all of your technology.) Back in late 2001, a colleague of mine managed a small...
24 September 2012, by , in Podcasts, No comments
Bryan Kelly of Association Mavens interviewed me last week on the Five Realities of an AMS Implementation. You can watch that here.
24 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
This is somewhat related to philosophy #5, in that no matter what decision you make about technology (or any other decision you make in life!),  you’re going to have to make trade-offs. In philosophy #5, I pointed out that “free” doesn’t mean “without cost.” In this case, the trade-off for free software was a cost of...
21 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
The internet is awash in free software. I love it, of course. So much software, so little time! But just because software is free does not mean that it has no costs associated with it. Even the simplest of software will have some level of learning curve associated with. That means you’ve got to invest...
20 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
If you’re like me, when you have some type of internal challenge with managing information within our organization, you may first look to technology as a potential solution. For example, I have dozens of clients in the course of a year, so naturally, I have dozens of invoices I need to manage. I’ve got financial...
19 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
I first came across this line in the great Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. “Less, but better” was the design mantra of Dieter Rams from Braun. Braun, of course, designs all types of household appliances (I use a Braun electric razor myself!). And his design philosophy was that all things should be as simple...
18 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
Because I’m a tremendous geek and love software, I’m always open to exploring new software programs that may somehow make my life easier. Over the course of nearly 25 years, I’ve probably tested more than four dozen different “task managers.” You know what I’m talking about: these simple programs that allow you to track your...
17 September 2012, by , in New article, No comments
I’ve posted a new article on my website. For six years I have conducted a one-question, non-scientific survey of association executives, asking them “What data management/database issue are you being challenged with right now?” This year I received over 170 responses from association executives representing all types and sizes of associations. As I always do, I’ve...
17 September 2012, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
Last month in Dallas I had the opportunity to speak at the AMC Institute on Technology Issues Facing Association Management Companies. As part of the presentation, I offered my philosophy on technology, which I’ll share with you over the course of these next seven blog posts #1: Technology should make us more effective not just...

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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