In out, In out, Shake it all about!

One of the things I’ve noticed recently is how little thought is given to retrieving data that goes into a database. In fact, I’ve seen a couple of instances where data is held outside of the main database specifically so it can be retrieved; a belief that retrieval...

Quit your jibber jabber

This is showing my age and making me feel nostalgic for Saturday evenings spent watching the A-Team.  Ahh! Those were the days. And that was also the time when the NHS was only 40 years old.  Now, in 2017 when the NHS is nearly 70, the A-Team are looked on fondly by...

The briefest of briefs

Here at PtG we work (and have worked) with many clients on data selections. Very often we are asked to take them on because thus far they’ve not had much luck in getting them right; everything from mailing deceased’s to not being able to get supporters into the right...

Raising the Stakes

Recently I’ve been quite vocal about my appreciation, nay fondness, for that little rascal we know as Raiser’s Edge. You’ve probably been planning some kind of intervention on the basis that I’m clearly of unsound mind, but it has its quirks admittedly, a bit like Mr...

How to create a matchkey

First off, let me explain what a Matchkey is. It’s an alphanumeric (letters and numbers) string (line) that is unique to each record (supporter/person/constituent) in a data file. It is used to match against a matching string in another data file so that the two can...
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