Today’s blog post is written by Katie Campbell, Data Migration Specialist, PatronManager.
So the leaders of your arts organization have just announced that you’re going to be adopting a new calendar app, or testing out new mobile barcode scanners at the box office, or migrating all of your data to a new database! Exciting? Yes! Scary? I hear you! When it comes to new technology, the feeling of resistance is totally normal. Your current way of doing things might not be great or super efficient, but it’s comfortable. You know how to do your job with the tech you have, so the idea of change can be overwhelming.
Now, you may assume that there is a divide between the tech-loving and tech-averse, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: learning to use new technology gives this tech pro the heebie-jeebies as well. Even though I know my job depends on me adopting the new app/database/interface, I know that I have the capability to learn it, and I know the new technology will make my work life easier, I still dread it. Everything in my body tells me, “Stop! Halt! Retreat to the familiar!”
If this is my response, I can only imagine how overwhelming new technology can be for arts administrators who just want to get back to programming a season, promoting their productions, selling tickets, fundraising, etc… Well, I can’t offer a magic pill, but I have been in your shoes enough times to come up with some top tips:Read the Article