DC2009:Managing Database Projects
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Community IT Innovators
Help clients in software selection projects
Work with associations primarily, donor management, fundraising
Democracy in Action (Salsa) as cheaper than CapWiz
The Steps to choosing a database system:
- What are the requirements, what are they trying to accomplish with the database?
- What are the barriers to understanding this? Organizational, don’t know what you need! Do what you need to do to find out what you don’t know!
- Clearly define current business processes
- CiviCRM: Drupal based, need to find a developer who specializes
- Salesforce: commercial product, hosting, leader of cloud computing (customer doesn’t maintain infrastructure at all)
- eTapestry: Donor management focus, web-based database
- Neon: Online hosted database, non-profit focus, affordable, good for integration
- Association Management Systems vs. CRM: membership, trade, etc.
- Members Only (DC based)