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I've noticed in the past few years that more and more associations are using Salesforce as one of (if not...
When you make a significant technology change, like the implementation of a new AMS or LMS, not only will you...
I was completing an application online today for an organization I was joining. One of the required fields was "home phone."...
Consulting guru Alan Weiss often says "Logic makes you think, emotion makes you act." I'm reminded of this when I work...
I read today that Nielsen reports that the average household has 189 channels. They watch 17 of them. That means the...
If you read my work, you know that I have a strong bias for off-the-shelf (OTS) software for managing an...
I've written a LOT about business rules over the years. The reason I do is because business rules are generally...
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...
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...
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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