And that’s why there are so many association management system (AMS) options available.
Quite often I’m asked by potential clients “Isn’t there just a ‘best’ AMS product that you can point me to?” I usually respond, “If there were, I’d have already bought the company that makes it.”
There is no single “correct” answer to the question, “Which AMS is best?” You have to identify what your organization’s objectives are, what your budget is, and what functionality you expect from an AMS. Once you’ve identified those, you’ll be able to narrow the list down to a handful of potentially good matches. From there you’ll have to work through the specifics of each system to determine which might be the best match.
There is no single “correct” answer. But following the path outlined above may get you closer to finding an answer that is “correct” for you and your organization.
“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