Month: April 2015

Be careful with phased implementations

A phased implementation is one where, at go-live, only certain critical functionality is available to staff and customers. For example, a phased implementation might include membership and committee management, but not events management. Events management would come after go-live. Because phased implementations are more focused (i.e., fewer pieces of functionality required at go-live), they can …

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Whether you know or it or not, you already have a data governance policy in place

In August at the ASAE Annual Meeting, I’ll be presenting a session on Data Governance along with Deb Hangar, ASAE’s director of database administration. (Click here to learn more.) As I’ve been planning the session, a thought struck me: Whether you know or it or not, you already have a data governance policy in place. …

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"The board never knows how hard we work."

When I work with my clients on their data management issues (especially when choosing a new AMS), I’ll ask them about board involvement and awareness: For example, how involved is the board in this process? or How much do they know about the current data management system and processes? Almost invariably, the answer resembles something …

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Profound data analytics may be in the most mundane places

At Personifest earlier this week I got to hear Rick Smolan speak on the Human Face of Big Data. Among the many stories he related was one about taxis in the rain in Singapore. Like most big cities, when it rains in Singapore it’s difficult to get a cab. So what researchers did was to overlay …

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Some additional thoughts on Personifest

Personifest wrapped up yesterday, and while I wasn’t able to attend all three days, I did get to see the kickoff and attend some breakout sessions. Some of my takeaways: Rick Smolan was the opening general session speaker, talking about the Human Face of Big Data. His talk was simply fascinating. He discussed multiple stories …

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Most important news from Personifest so far

Last night kicked off Personify’s rebranded annual users conference Personifest. Eric Thurston, Personify’s CEO, discussed several issues related to the ownership transition at Personify over the past year. But the most important announcement from my perspective was that Personify has begun a partnership program where companies outside of Personify can be “certified” as implementation partners. …

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