Managing Your Company's Data

Managing the data for any organization can be a daunting task, especially when the data is such a critical component of operation of the business. Companies use a variety of techniques to store and manage their critical data such as spreadsheets, word processors, proprietary software and systems, and even pens and paper. Some of these less-than-optimal processes can lead to inaccurate, nonstandard data and databases that, at best, will not benefit the organization over the long term. When considering the best methods of managing data that can include such crucial information such as

  • Member information
  • Contributor lists
  • Fundraising lists
  • Donor management
  • Relationship tracking
  • Statistical reporting

organizations must work to ensure that the integrity of their data, and data systems, are of the highest quality and accuracy.

This session focuses on the fundamentals and development of a solid data management structure in your organization. In the allotted time, we cover the best methods of storing and managing your data, the best use of "in place" infrastructure to develop good data management practices, and the migration of data in of nonstandard storage structures to the new design. While time for this session does not allow for the detailed examination of specific storage and management techniques, it does provide attendees with valuable information to begin the process of taking data from a "haphazard" format to one that makes the data easy to report and manage, easily portable, and provides for an orderly evolution of the data and associated databases.

Session Objective

Provide attendees with an overview of the data management process and information to begin the migration of existing nonstandard data storage formats to a more standardized, manageable structure.

Target Audience

Organizations that use a variety of formats, methodologies, and procedures to collect, report, and manage data, that wish to move to a more structured, standardized format.


Attendees should have some exposure to the data management, collection, processing, reporting, and/or storage in their organization. Database knowledge is not necessary, but an understanding of the general use of data in an organization is very helpful.

Session Details

Each session runs about 3 hours, including the Q/A period.

Your Facilitator: Mark Arrington, PMP, MBB, MCSE

Mark Arrington brings over 14 years of experience in technology consulting to your organization. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he specializes in the development and delivery and training of Six Sigma best practices, with a focus on healthcare systems and corporate SDLC development and implementation. He is a certified PMP and has written numerous articles on the project management methodology and the development of corporate strategic alliances.