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 a quarter century, 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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