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It’s easy to collect; it’s harder to manage

By Wes Trochlil | November 16, 2022

It’s easy to collect; it’s harder to manage The beauty of today’s highly configurable AMS products is that they make it very easy to collect and store data. But configuring the system is actually the easy part. The “hard” part is ensuring there is a process in place to collect and manage the data and that …

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Tell them why you want the data

By Wes Trochlil | November 9, 2022

Tell them why you want the data Because data is so easy to collect these days, there’s a tendency to try to collect all kinds of data about our members and customers, in the hopes that “maybe we’ll use that data eventually.” One of the (many) problems with this approach is that our members and …

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Don’t get hung up on something minor

By Wes Trochlil | November 2, 2022

Don’t get hung up on something minor I’m a problem solver. I love to solve problems. Which is great until it’s not. One trap for problem solvers like me is trying to solve a problem that really doesn’t need to be solved. I see this happen a lot in data management, especially as it pertains to …

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Be flexible, especially for unusual requests

By Wes Trochlil | October 26, 2022

Be flexible, especially for unusual requests One of the great benefits of off-the-shelf association management software (AMS) products is that the products are “built for the masses,” meaning the functionality that most associations need (e.g., membership, events, committees, etc.) is already built into the system in some form or another. Because the products are meant to appeal to the …

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“Her eyes were bigger than her stomach.”

By Wes Trochlil | October 19, 2022

“Her eyes were bigger than her stomach.” When I was a child, my siblings used to joke about how one of our sisters, on the rare occasion when we ate at a restaurant (like McDonald’s!), was well known for ordering way more food than she could eat. Later in life I heard the phrase “Her eyes …

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Older Posts

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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