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An overview of how to choose the right database for your needs, presented at a workshop that also included a chance to meet some of the key suppliers in the south east

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    • 1. How to choose a database Mark Walker, SCIP Regional ICT Champion for the South East
    • 2.
      • These notes are from a workshop prepared and presented by Mark Walker for SCIP, in Brighton on 11 February 2008. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/uk/
      • You are free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work under the following conditions:
        • Attribution. You must give the original author credit.
        • Non-Commercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
        • No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
      • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the licence terms of this work.
      • Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder, who is Mark Walker on behalf of SCIP: www.scip.org.uk
      • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.
    • 3. How to choose a database
      • Your requirements
      • Your options
      • How to choose
      • What next?
    • 4. About SCIP
      • Not for profit social enterprise
        • Training inc net:gain
        • IT Support
        • Web Design
        • Databases
        • Community Projects
    • 5. Your questions
      • One thing you want to try to answer today
      • Write it on post-it note
      • Put it on the wall when we move around
    • 6. Where to get help
      • www.ICTHubKnowledgebase.org.uk
      • ICT Hub Guide to Managing ICT - p49
      • Other voluntary and community organisations
        • Local and national
      • Suppliers: ICT Hub Suppliers Directory
    • 7.  
    • 8. Project Management
      • Prepare: Permission, buy in, resources, leadership
      • Timescale : Scope : Budget
      • Understand Your Requirements
      • Understand Your Options
      • Select a Solution
      • Agree a Functional Specification
      • Build then Test
      • Re-build then Re-test
      • Roll Out
    • 9. What is your database for?
      • Collecting Information
      • Managing Information
      • Sharing Information
    • 10. What is your database for?
      • Fundraising
      • Managing volunteers
      • Managing client records
      • Collecting monitoring information
      • Managing room hire
      • Managing mail outs
      • Providing information to clients
      • Diary management
      • Managing membership
    • 11. Understanding your options
      • Build it yourself
      • Buy one off the shelf
      • Have one built for you
    • 12. Understanding your options
      • Build it yourself
        • Use the same project management processes
        • Training for key people
        • Ongoing management
    • 13. Understanding your options
      • Buy one off the shelf
        • Same project process [?]
        • You may need to change your processes to match capabilities of the system
        • What is managed by supplier, what is managed by you?
        • Upgrades, improvements, versions, etc
    • 14. Understanding your options
      • Have one built for you
        • Same project process
        • What is managed by supplier, what is managed by you?
        • Supplier or volunteer
        • Probably based on existing system, tailored to your needs
        • Upgrades, improvements, versions, etc
    • 15. Understanding your options
      • What am I looking for?
      • Specific Products
      • Bespoke Programmers
      • ICT Hub Suppliers Directory
        • www.directory.icthub.org.uk
      • Local, regional or national networks
        • Email lists
      • Google, etc
    • 16.  
    • 17. How to choose
      • Key functions
      • Reporting
      • Ease of use - more than one person to try it out
      • Fit with existing setup
      • Security issues
      • References
      • Specialist skills and knowledge
      • What support is included + cost
      • Training available + cost
      • Price vs Total Cost of Ownership
    • 18. Top Tips from Suppliers
      • One piece of advice to make the process work as well as possible for the client
      • Answers included:
        • Always be clear about what you want
        • Research all available products and talk to suppliers
        • Allow twice as long as you think for the project
        • Talk to colleagues and get references
        • Don’t forget costs after the build - training, upgrades, etc
    • 19. Who’s here?
        • SCIP www.scip.org.uk
        • The Really Helpful IT Company www.trhitc.co.uk
        • RISE Computers www.risecomputershop.com
        • Tinit www.tinit.co.uk
        • Donor Strategy www.donorstrategy.com
        • LASA/AIMS www.lasa.org.uk/aims
        • eMonitoring www.emonitoring.org
        • ContactLink : www.itsorted.org.uk
        • Fisk Brett/Progress CRM www.fiskbrett.co.uk
        • Iris www.iris.co.uk/nfp
        • Lamplight www.lamplightdb.co.uk
        • ESIT/ThankQ www.esit.co.uk
        • IT4Communities www.it4communities.org.uk
    • 20. Where to get help
      • What help does your organisation need?
        • Project management
        • Procurement
        • Delivery
        • Testing
      • Who currently provides that help?
      • Where can you get more help?
    • 21. Types of help for groups
      • Volunteers - project management or delivery
      • Accidental Techies
      • IT Support Companies - day rate?
      • Database Suppliers - day rate?
      • Database Consultants - day rate?
      • Circuit Riders
      • Net:gain Centres
      • UK Online Centres
    • 22. Who can help you?
      • National
        • ICT Hub, IT4Communities, NAVCA, helpline
      • Regional
        • RAISE, ICT Champion
      • Local/sub-regional
        • IT support orgs, volunteer bureau, university, private companies
    • 23. Who can help you?
      • ICT Hub: www.icthub.org.uk
        • Knowledgebase - www.icthubknowledgebase.org.uk
        • Suppliers Directory
        • Publications
      • IT 4 Communities: www.it4communities.org.uk
        • Volunteers
      • AbilityNet: www.abilitynet.org.uk
        • Accessibility
    • 24. Any other questions?
          • Mark Walker
          • SCIP
          • 01273 234049
          • [email_address] .org.uk
          • www.scip.org.uk
          • www.scipmark.org.uk

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