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Are you happy with the database software you are using?

Are you happy with the database software you are using to manage contacts, members, donors, volunteers, events, and email blasts? If not, come find out what others use and ask questions. If you are, come and tell us what's working for you. At this meetup attendees, including Rebecca Currie, Judy Hallman, Rich Hobson, Trish Perkins and Sean Watson, will describe their experiences with database software. Rebecca Currie is a former marketing manager and copywriter who now works as an independent consultant designing and implementing custom Filemaker-based data management systems for a variety of clients. Judy Hallman, PINInc/RTPnet volunteer, has a little experience with CiviCRM. Richard F. Hobson, President, HobsonStrategicVision LLC, has been involved in selection, implementation, and design of donor systems for about 20 years. Key areas and products include: The technology assessment before selection, Raisers Edge, Donor2, eTapestry, Jenzabar's CX system, Microsoft CRM 4.0, the fundraising module of various Enterprise systems, getting Technology people and fundraisers to work together, and some perspective on comparing Salesforce and Microsoft CRM as a platform for donor systems. Rich has a mini cd of documents used in fundraising tech assessments, including a sample requirements document and would be glad to provide copies to attendees. Trish Perkins, formerly a VISTA with FaithAction International House and now an eRider with HandyCapable, is a big fan of SalesForce. Sean Watson has in-depth knowledge about Salesforce.com in areas such as advanced administration, programming/Apex development, and other "coding" related issues. Questions like "Should I use the nonprofit starter pack?" and "Can I integrate Salesforce with ...system x....?" are things he can address with in-depth explanation if requested. Sean also has some experience with CiviCRM. Pizza (sponsored by NTEN & PINInc/RTPNet) and discussion starting at 6:30. We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Paula J.

    It was great to see everyone and some new folks too! Seems like we all had similar database experiences and concerns.

    October 22, 2010

  • Sean W.

    Great meetup. Obvious interest in the topic and further discussion. We'll be planning some future database related meetups to continue the conversation.

    October 22, 2010

  • Judy H.

    I forgot to set the "Maybe" RSVP option [it used to be default]. Ruby, you can change your RSVP to "Maybe" now.

    October 8, 2010

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