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2 November 2016, by , in Data Management, No comments
A recent episode of the Freakonomics Podcast was entitled "In Praise of Maintenance," and asked the question: "Has our culture’s...
1 November 2016, by , in Executive, No comments
In the past week I've met with two different associations who are struggling with their current AMS systems. A common theme...
26 October 2016, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
When I work with clients on selecting a new AMS, it's not uncommon for me to hear some variation of...
24 October 2016, by , in Rants and Kudos, 3 comments
A client of mine wanted to send an RFP for redesign of their website to a design company I had...
In my experience, when associations make a database system change, staff will sometimes talk about how the old system used to work....
19 October 2016, by , in Data Management, No comments
I've written elsewhere that 80% is Good Enough when it comes to selecting a new AMS. That is,  if you...
17 October 2016, by , in Executive, No comments
Recently I was discussing with a client their rules for how they manage event registration. As my client described the...
13 October 2016, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
Just like beauty, the idea of software being "user-friendly" is in the eye of the beholder. Very often when I talk...
Long ago, I was a membership director in a couple of different trade associations. And as any membership professional knows,...
When my clients implement a new AMS, the implementation plan always includes training for staff, so that they know how to...
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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