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There’s Always a Trade-Off

Many years ago, while working as a communications director for an association, I learned an interesting lesson from a printer. We were discussing an upcoming printing project. I was getting a late start on the project so I needed it done quickly—but I also wanted it done inexpensively and with the same quality as I …

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"There are no solutions, only trade-offs"

I first heard this from Thomas Sowell many years ago. And I’ve written about it here and here and here. But it’s so important that it bears repeating, time and time again. When it comes to data management, and especially data management software, there are no perfect solutions, only trade-offs. The software might be really good, but it’s …

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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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Tracking Internal Inventory

Many of the associations I have consulted with over the years have inventoried products that they sell or give away to their members and customers. For those that are selling products, keeping track of these sales is a pretty straightforward process: the customer buys the product, the invoice and sale is tracked in the AMS, …

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