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Peter Brown - 9 July 2011 Reply

Wes an AMS is an application and not a database. Microsoft consdeers Microsoft CRM as an application and SQl as a database. Similarly, Oracle considers People Soft & Siebel as an application and Oracle 11g as a database. Point being, you still need to have a database even when you have an AMS.

Wes Trochlil - 9 July 2011 Reply

Peter, you're right, but I'm not sure I get your point. It doesn't matter to the average user whether MSCRM is a database or an application. The article may have used the two terms interchangeably, but I think the overall points are still valid.

Peter Brown - 16 July 2011 Reply

Wes, a database is about keeping your data secure and hack-free. That is paramount. It has nothing to do with whether it is off the shelf or how well it integrates with Facebook. Simply put, you can't use application and database interchangeably. There is not one AMS vendor in the database business. They are in the application business. I chuckle when I receive solicitation calls from AMS sales people saying "The true power of our solution is one unified database". So your aplication will replace Microsoft Sequel or Oracle 11g ? Really!!!

Larry - 6 August 2011 Reply

Wes, you might want to add Community Force on your AMS Vendor list. They have the best product: http://www.communityforce.com/MembershipManagement.asp

Wes Trochlil - 6 August 2011 Reply

Thanks, Larry, I'll check them out.

Larry - 6 August 2011 Reply

There is no lag time. Their product works.

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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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