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New Book Released!
24 March 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments

I’m very pleased to announce the release of my new book, Putting Your Data to Work: 52 Tips and Techniques for Effectively Managing Your Database, published by ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership.

For those who read the book, I’d love to get your feedback on what’s working and what’s missing. Since it’s an e-book, it can be updated relatively easily.

The book is available immediately in e-book form and will be available within two weeks in printed form (though you can pre-order it now). You can order from my site or ASAE’s website (printed or e-book).

The book is a collection of tips and techniques I’ve collected from working with dozens of associations on their data management systems. This book will be equally useful to CEOs and front-line database managers, as it explores a range of issues from data management philosophy to day-to-day database management.

Among the practical advice found in the book:

•    Banish data redundancy–and its ugly aftermath.

•    Seek and destroy shadow databases.

•    Test early. Test often.

•    Pursue success, not perfection.

•    Open the database–once and for all.

•    Query your database. Use the answers to refine strategy.

Again, you can order from my site or ASAE’s website (printed or e-book).

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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
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