Month: September 2012

Technology philosophy #7 – Have a disaster recovery plan

This one isn’t so much a philosophy as just a sensible business practice. You MUST have some type of disaster recovery plan in place. And not just for your technology, but for your entire organization’s operations. (By definition this includes all of your technology.) Back in late 2001, a colleague of mine managed a small …

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Technology philosophy #6 – Everything comes with a tradeoff

This is somewhat related to philosophy #5, in that no matter what decision you make about technology (or any other decision you make in life!),  you’re going to have to make trade-offs. In philosophy #5, I pointed out that “free” doesn’t mean “without cost.” In this case, the trade-off for free software was a cost of …

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Technology philosophy #5 – Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it has no cost

The internet is awash in free software. I love it, of course. So much software, so little time! But just because software is free does not mean that it has no costs associated with it. Even the simplest of software will have some level of learning curve associated with. That means you’ve got to invest …

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Technology philosophy #2 – Just because you CAN automate it doesn’t mean you should

Because I’m a tremendous geek and love software, I’m always open to exploring new software programs that may somehow make my life easier. Over the course of nearly 25 years, I’ve probably tested more than four dozen different “task managers.” You know what I’m talking about: these simple programs that allow you to track your …

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New Article Posted – What's Plaguing Associations 2012 – The Dog That Didn't Bark

I’ve posted a new article on my website. For six years I have conducted a one-question, non-scientific survey of association executives, asking them “What data management/database issue are you being challenged with right now?” This year I received over 170 responses from association executives representing all types and sizes of associations. As I always do, I’ve …

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Technology philosophy #1 – More effective, not just more efficient

Last month in Dallas I had the opportunity to speak at the AMC Institute on Technology Issues Facing Association Management Companies. As part of the presentation, I offered my philosophy on technology, which I’ll share with you over the course of these next seven blog posts #1: Technology should make us more effective not just …

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