Technology philosophy #6 – Everything comes with a tradeoff

This is somewhat related to philosophy #5, in that no matter what decision you make about technology (or any other decision you make in life!),  you’re going to have to make trade-offs. In philosophy #5, I pointed out that “free” doesn’t mean “without cost.” In this case, the trade-off for free software was a cost of learning the software itself or paying someone to implement it on your behalf.

And so it is with all your technology decisions. Whatever you choose, you’ll be making a trade-off. You may choose software that has ALL the bells and whistles. The trade-off you’ll make is a higher price. You may choose technology that allows all of your staff to edit and post to your website (i.e., a CMS). The trade-off you’ll make is that control is decentralized and therefore, there is more risk of something being published in error. And so on.

Understanding that every decision comes with a trade-off gives you a different (and more appropriate) perspective on the choices you’re making.

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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