Where is that data?

Where is that data?

This is what data management nirvana looks like:

When the question starts with "Where is the data that tells us...

  • ...how many members we have?
  • ...who is on that committee?
  • ...what are the attendance numbers for our upcoming event?
  • ...what Wes's email address is?

The answer is always the same: "It's in the database."

Not "It's on Joanne's desktop" or "Larry has that in a spreadsheet" or "It's on a shared drive." But "It's in the database."

That's what data management nirvana looks like.

How close are you?

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

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March 28, 2019

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KPIs and Dashboards

February 28, 2019

I saw DJ Muller from MemberClicks speak on KPIs (key performance indicators). In his session […]

Documenting Process is Critical

February 22, 2019

When it comes to managing data successfully, process is critical. For example, a client of […]

Motion vs. Action

February 14, 2019

In James Clear’s book Atomic Habits (I recommend it!), he discusses the concept of motion vs. action. […]

Are You Answering Your Calls?

February 7, 2019

I’ve written about this before, but apparently I have to keep repeating it. If you’ve […]

Who do you trust?

January 31, 2019

Who Do You Trust I was reading an article recently about Warren Buffet’s “rules” for […]

Set benchmarks to measure progress

January 24, 2019

It’s impossible to measure progress if you don’t know your starting point. This sounds axiomatic, […]

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