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Mon, Dec 15, 2014

I’ve written many times how I believe that one of the most important things for any database implementation is the database supplier itself. And within the supplier relationship, one of the most important relationships will be that between your supplier’s ‘lead consultant’ and your staff. So you need to make sure that such a relationship is right for you. And one way to do that is to hold ‘mock workshops’ during the procurement process.In almost all fundraising database and CRM system implementations you are going to have some sort of initial ‘discovery phase’. This might be as simple as two […]

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Wed, Dec 10, 2014

In my most recent blog, I discuss the need for a risk register. But if you haven’t managed one before, then where should you begin? Below, you can download the template which I start with on all my projects. Plus a few words of advice and ideas:This is just an example! Just a sample template. I hope it is useful but don’t just use it blindly. If it’s right for you then great; but if you want to adapt it, simplify it, expand it then you should of course do so.Likelihood and Impact ratings: I’m a bit of a fan […]

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Mon, Dec 08, 2014
Risk - Onyx Edition (Ghosts of board games past)

A few words only: I was recently contacted by a charity who had identified a number of risks with their up-coming CRM project procurement. And as a result, were panicking somewhat over what to do and how they could proceed considering everything they now knew about the risks involved.In such instances, what is important to remember is this: there is no such thing as a risk-free project – never. Not even if you had pretty much unlimited time, money and people. Even then there will always be some risks.But don’t worry! This is not a problem. Don’t panic if you […]

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Tue, Dec 02, 2014
PlaceWorld silos

Advanced Computer Software, the latest owners of the Care/Integra/Donor Strategy/Charisma stable of CRM software systems for charities has been sold again, this time to US private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, in a deal that values the company at £725m. So what does this mean for the charities who use said products? After all, this is now the fourth time that Care, for example, has been sold in the last 9 or so years. Can charities continue to keep faith in the software?A little bit of history repeatingTo some charities, it must seem like deja-vous. For many years, Care Business […]

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Mon, Dec 01, 2014
Link Wheel Diagram

Integration is one of those words which can mean so many different things to different people. So for the purposes of this post, I don’t mean integration with third-party software such as Office or PAF software, but rather the need for data exchange or synchronisation between your new system and other data sources/databases. And as such, for any significant new database you will almost certainly have some integration. As such, the sort of examples which you may therefore want to consider when integrating your database with other data sources include: receiving online donations, event registrations or any other data from […]

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