Subscribe to my newsletter EDM News
Backing Up, Part 37 in an infinite series…
13 November 2007, by , in Data Management, 1 comment

One of my (many) soapboxes is tryi to get people to back up their data and make sure it’s backed up. I’ve written about it here.

So I was pleased to see Newsweek magazine writing about it recently here. But what was shocking was what the author wrote:

“I’ve been a tech writer at NEWSWEEK for 12 years, during which time I’ve had two hard-drive failures on my personal laptops. I still don’t back up my data.”

They say there are those who back up and those who will. But apparently there is some small minority of the population who simply refuse to back up their data, no matter how easy it is or how damaging data loss can be. I suppose if it’s your own data, then that’s your loss. But if you’re responsible for someone else’s data, not backing up is simply malpractice.

So I’ll ask again: Are you backing up your data? And are you sure it’s actually backed up?

About author:
  • You Aged Father

    Ha! I replaced my Win 98 with Win 98SE. Went to my backup for Quicken and guess what? It refused to backup. Hmmm! Luckily I had a week earlier backup, which was the week we weren’t here so no change in data much and that one worked. I have no idea why the most recent one did not. Gave me quite a start for a while. I thought it was the “restore” program that glitched and none of the backups would work.

    Dad

    BTW, excellent BLOG!

Archives

Sign-up for EDM News

 

 

Testimonials

“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
%d bloggers like this: