Tools Of The Trade Get Cooler Every Year

Adaptistration People 028Show of hands, who hates compiling metrics data so that non-geeks can get as much out of it as you do? Hard core data geeks love good old spreadsheets chocked full of numbers and formulas but for most folks, that’s absolutely eye-glazing. And if you’ve ever been responsible for putting together reports that pull metrics data from your Google Analytics account, you know how much trouble it is making it look pretty. Fortunately, all that is about to change.

I published an article today at that takes a good look at Google’s new Data Studio tool, which brings point-and-click simplicity to metrics reporting. Even if you hate metrics data and are all about designing, you are going to love Data Studio. There’s a bunch of other really cool stuff to know as well but you’ll need to head over to ArtsHacker article for all of that goodness.

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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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