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“Is this normal?”

By Wes Trochlil | May 25, 2022

“Is this normal?” ne of the greatest parts about my job is that I get to work with so many different associations, which means I see all kinds of things that most of my clients never see. It also means I have a very deep perspective on how often something does or does not happen with associations …

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Give your staff more freedom, not less

By Wes Trochlil | May 18, 2022

Give your staff more freedom, not less I often tell my clients, when it comes to data management, I’m a big liberal; I believe you should give as many staff as possible the ability to edit data within your data management system (with proper training, of course!). The point of a centralized data management system is not just …

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My advice? Stop doing that

By Wes Trochlil | May 11, 2022

My advice? Stop doing that! There is a classic TV sketch featuring Bob Newhart as a therapist. He helps his patients overcome their issues by using two magic words: “Stop it.” (You can see the clip here: https://youtu.be/4BjKS1-vjPs) The sketch is funny because his advice is incredibly simple but obviously very difficult to apply. Remarkably, this …

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Is a college degree really required?

By Wes Trochlil | May 4, 2022

Is a college degree really required? I saw a job listing last week for an entry-level position at an association, seeking a data manager. From the job description, the position was focused on managing member records and doing some light querying, reporting, and data analysis. The association was seeking someone with one to three years of experience. …

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Small actions become big wins

By Wes Trochlil | April 27, 2022

Small actions become big wins I’ve written before about how data accretes, the idea that over time, we accumulate more and more data that becomes increasingly useless over time. While this is a never-ending challenge of data management, another truism is that small wins accumulate over time. In other words, one of the ways to combat …

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Research about On-Demand vs. Premise-Based CRMs

May 11, 2007

I read an interesting report from CSO Insights. The report is a study on premise-based CRM products (e.g., Siebel, Oracle) …

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Stop Nagging Me!

May 11, 2007

I recently renewed my directory listing in ASAE's Technology Solutions Guide. The renewal has a fee attached to it. I …

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Attending Protech's First Customer Conference

May 10, 2007

Protech held their first annual users group conference last week in DC. I thought it was a pretty good effort, …

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Mystery Shopping

May 9, 2007

At a session at TAUG (TMA Resources Annual Users Group meeting), Ron Moen asked a great question: "How many of …

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Avectra's new Wiki

May 9, 2007

So this is very cool: http://wiki.avectra.com Avectra has created a wiki for (as they put it) "the use of its …

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Dashboards

May 8, 2007

For years now I've been hearing from vendors about "dashboards." (I think the first time I heard the term was …

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Attending TAUG

May 7, 2007

I had the opportunity to attend TMA Resources Annual Users Group meeting (TAUG) last week in Albuquerque. They put on …

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Data Integrity Manager

May 2, 2007

I'm always urging my clients to develop staff positions that focus on maintenance of the database. And I don't mean …

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