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7 January 2016, by , in Data Management, No comments
For Christmas I received a new cookbook, The Food Lab (which I highly recommend). Several pages of the book are...
I was working with a client recently and the issue of webinars came up in the conversation. The association represents a...
22 December 2015, by , in New article, No comments
Association management systems (AMS) as a specific software product have existed for more than 30 years. Not surprisingly, the original...
One of my favorite comic strips was "Life in Hell" and one of my favorite strips from that series was...
I talk to associations every week about the challenges they are facing with their data management systems. One of the...
In my recently released benchmarking survey of association data management, I asked the following question: "Do you have a specific position...
I recently read on an association forum the following phrase: "We have a mid-sized meeting with around 7,000 attendees...
I work with associations of all sizes, ranging from zero staff (all-volunteer run) to over 700 staff. One thing I've...
One of the greatest benefits of the internet revolution is that data management has been moved from staff to customer....
24 November 2015, by , in Data Management, No comments
I love data and I love technology. So when there's an opportunity to use new technology, or an opportunity to...
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“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.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

“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.”

Jack Chiasson, CMP Executive Director
National Association of Life Brokerage Agencies

“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.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

Mary Pat Paris
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

Tim Wilson
Western Arts Alliance
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