In a meeting with a client recently, we were discussing some of the challenges the association was having with managing their data. Although they have decent technology for managing the data, they were still struggling. As we discussed some of their issues, we determined that one problem they had was that staff didn’t really know how to use the database.
So I told them: “You need to do training, so that you can use the system appropriately. This will help address a lot of the data integrity issues you’re having.”
They replied “We don’t have time for training.”
I’m sorry, but no amount of consulting or technology is going to address this problem. If you don’t make the effort, you won’t get any results. Knowing HOW to use a system is as important as actually having the system.
Ask yourself: Are you taking the time to learn how to use your technology?
“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