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Choosing a Database
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Data Points to Success: Getting Started with a Database for Your Organization

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  • Not just about another piece of software in the office Data is how you show the value you deliver to the community
  • You can’t show your impact without the proper data in place
  • Sample data for WCCS -staff hours, expenses, events held, Current and future data -migrate reasonable amount of data, past data is nice-to-have but no need to Business processes -databases should create inefficiencies and self-serve model (“where’s that report”) Reporting -grant proposals/reports -campaign appeals
  • acquisitions costs cover more than just software, could be hardware, improved networking Buy-in throughout your organization Products from TechSoup – MS Access, SQL Server, Filemaker, CRM
  • Not binary answers, gradients privilege levels data sharing platforms Mobile?
  • Data explosion eg. Social data, geolocation
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    • 1. Data Points to Success: Getting Started with a Database for Your Organization Kevin Lo Lead Technology Analyst July 19 th , 2011
    • 2. We are working toward a time when every social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.
    • 3. 45+ US TechSoup Donor Partners
    • 4. TechSoup.org resources
    • 5. Overview
      • Logic model review
      • Planning your database
      • Resourcing
      • Decision points
      • The future of data
    • 6. Why do you collect data? Source: Demonstrating Value, www.demonstratingvalue.org Databases help turn data into information
    • 7. Logic Model Review Source: Measuring Success, Product Grant Program, http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac48/pgp_success.html
    • 8. Planning your database
      • Current and future data
        • What sort of data do you have already?
        • What data do you wish you collected?
      • Business processes
        • Who handles your data? (ie. data flow)
        • Are there areas of improvement?
      • Reporting
        • How can you better assess your performance?
        • What kind of report would you like to produce for your board/funders/supporters?
    • 9. Requisite Resources
      • Don’t expect a database to be “one time expense”
      • Will include both capital and operating expenditures (“CapEx” vs “OpEx”)
        • Acquisition costs
        • Ongoing costs
        • Maintenance costs
    • 10. Things to ask yourselves
      • Off-the-shelf vs customized?
      • Online vs. Offline?
      • How open/secure do you want your data?
      • Who needs to access what data?
      • How much interoperability do you need?
      • What platforms do you run?
    • 11. Plan of action
      • RFP
        • Prepare a budget
        • Setting a timeframe
        • Determine deliverables
        • Review and correct
    • 12. Advanced data
      • Business Intelligence
        • Analytics
        • Infographics
      • Benchmarking and dashboards
      • Un/Semi/structured data
    • 13. Additional Resources
      • http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/databases/archives/page10161.cfm - Database Planning Guide
      • http://www.mckinsey.com/mgi/publications/big_data/index.asp - McKinsey Big Data Report
    • 14. Questions and Comments?
      • [email_address]

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