Venture Project Update: Calling All Ops Professionals

Just because Venture is designed primarily as a comprehensive tool for marketing, box office, and development professionals that doesn’t mean they get to have all the fun. Case in point, we’re putting together flexible templates designed especially to help ops personnel communicate with artist/employees who aren’t located in the administrative office. A common application for orchestras is a webpage that contains logistic and schedule information for musicians. What I’m looking for is input from personnel managers and other ops specialists about features you would like to see included in this component…

Here are some of the features currently on the development to-do list (excluding the geek stuff):

  1. Password protected secure pages.
  2. Simple to use, form field based entry to make formatting consistent.
  3. Easy method for posting service schedule info.
  4. Manage, create, and send complete or segmented email messages directly though the Venture Control Panel.
  5. Provide material as downloadable files; think sheet music, sound clips, rehearsal schedules, run-out info, etc. (reduce shipping costs!).
  6. Integrated Google maps.
  7. Page optimization for improved end user use via smartphone.

The more Venture takes shape, the easier it is to see just how powerful of a platform it’s becoming, especially when it comes to how easy it is to set up customized pages, input data, and manage a series of interconnected interior pages. Regardless of previous experience, ops personnel will benefit from an elegant solution to centralize communication and improve efficiency.

To that end, there will be plenty of tutorials and direct support to answer questions and teach users how to use provided features as well as create and customize their own templates (it can be addictive!).

The idea here is to create templates that suit the unique ops needs for each arts field so take a moment to send in your wish-list items as a comment or via email.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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2 thoughts on “Venture Project Update: Calling All Ops Professionals

  1. First and foremost, Venture isn’t designed as an alternative to OPAS; quite the opposite, it’s far more open ended so as to allow other developers like OPAS to integrate what they offer via Venture’s API (see this article for more details). This is a cost-effective method for making the information generated and manged in something like OPAS available online.Whereas OPAS is used for input and tracking data related to ops info, this single aspect of Venture is a specific piece of functionality for ops personnel as a way to communicate and deliver that content to relevant employees.

    In short, it’s a flexible, cost-effective method for making the information generated and manged in something like OPAS available online. At the same time, if a group doesn’t use or can’t afford OPAS (or any similar service/software), Venture will still offer a solution to communicate logistics and related material via the organization’s website. For smaller budget groups that produce less than 20 productions per season, it will be a very simple yet powerful option as a stand alone solution or to supplement other ops related software resources already in place (even they use a straightforward solution like an office software suite such as MS Office, iWork, Google Docs, or Open Office).

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