A client of mine was telling me about a problem they have with fraudulent credit card charges, which require a bit of work on the behalf of accounting staff to fix. As we discussed the issue, it dawned on me to ask “How often does this happen?” The response: “Once every couple of months.”
The message here is simple: Because we are pursuing success and not perfection, we’re never going to have a system that will control for every possible exception. While the chargebacks are annoying, they occur so infrequently that it’s not worth our time and effort to try to address this problem. We just have to learn to manage these exceptions.
So whenever you get into a discussion about what the database can’t do but should be able to do, remember to ask how often this situation actually occurs. You may be surprised to learn that the problem is so exceptional, it’s not worth discussing.
“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.”
“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.”
Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
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