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Start with “Why” before you move to “How”

By Wes Trochlil | September 20, 2023

Start with “Why” before you move to “How” Something I’ve noticed over my years in consulting is that when there is a process problem the natural inclination is to ask “How can we make this process easier/better/faster?” But as often as not, the real question we should be asking first is “WHY are we doing this?” …

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The power of users groups!

By Wes Trochlil | September 13, 2023

The power of users groups! Last week I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at the NetForum Users Group Conference. I’ve always been a huge proponent of users groups (both internal and external) and sitting in the sessions prior to mine was a great reminder of their value. Here are just a few things I …

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Associations are complex businesses!

By Wes Trochlil | September 6, 2023

Associations are complex businesses! One of the reasons managing data at an association can be so challenging is because associations are very complex businesses. The simple fact is a typical association of almost any size is selling multiple product lines (e.g., membership, events registration, sponsorships, products, etc.) and very often these product lines have a broad range of variables …

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Snapshots are required

By Wes Trochlil | August 30, 2023

Snapshots are required Recently a couple of different clients have asked me why it’s necessary to take a snapshot of data (e.g., a member count) in order to track the history of data (e.g., comparing year over year membership counts). They ask: “Why can’t we just query the data from last year?” The answer? Because your …

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“It’s in the database…”

By Wes Trochlil | August 16, 2023

“It’s in the database…” I often joke with my clients that AMS nirvana looks like this: When someone asks “Where is the data about topic X?” the answer is always “It’s in the database.” Q: “Who were the award winners in 2019?” A: “It’s in the database.” Q: “Which meetings did this person attend in the past …

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Older Posts

Some rest from blogging

July 2, 2007

I’ll be taking a rest from blogging during the week of July 4th. My typically brilliant posts on data management …

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

June 29, 2007

There’s an old saying: “There are those that back up, and those that will.” And as I mention here, it’s …

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.net vs. PHP and Technology Architecture

June 28, 2007

There was a thread on the ASAE technology listserver a few weeks back about whether an association should choose an …

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Data Entry, Then and Now

June 27, 2007

It was 20 years ago this June that I took a summer job at my college alumni association. I had …

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June 27, 2007

Update: Many thanks to Lisa Junker at ASAE for sending me her copy of this post.  I published a post …

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Even the BIG Guys Get It Wrong

June 25, 2007

I’ve ranted in the past about getting your mass emails right. Well it seems that even the big guys have …

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Managing Multiple Systems

June 22, 2007

On Wednesday of this week I spoke at ASAE's Marketing & Membership Conference. Another sold-out show for the MMC, which …

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Online Registration

June 18, 2007

On Nick Senzee's blog, he writes about his experience with ASAE's Annual Meeting registration process. Nick raises some good points …

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Tell Me What To Do!

June 15, 2007

You may recall an episode of Seinfeld where Jerry is having his kitchen re-done. Whenever Jerry asks his carpenter what …

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