Do you have a "sandbox" environment?

When we were kids, the sandbox was the place you could play, and build things, and knock them down and create new things. It was a place where taking chance was encouraged because there was no real risk of doing something “bad.”

In databases, the sandbox environment is a place where you can play, and test, and try new things, all without the risk of doing something “bad.”

Do you have a “sandbox” environment where you can play with your database, its data, and its functionality, without risking doing any really harm? I’m amazed at how often I encounter associations who do testing and training within their live environment.

It’s too risky to do this, and a sandbox environment is a cheap (sometimes FREE) way to ensure you don’t do serious damage to your real data or database.

If you don’t have a sandbox now, ask your vendor how you can get one.

About Wes Trochlil

For over 30 years, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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