Showing posts from May, 2011

Bringing even more value to our Grants Management System

A while back, we wrote about how our CommonCV functionality made life easier for researchers. As a company built around technological innovation, we knew that was just the start. Today, academic researchers who are applying for funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) can access the AGRIC ultural O n L ine A ccess (AGRICOLA) and index the catalog directly from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library. This means that they can easily find publications to attach to their CVs with a few clicks of the mouse, rather than having to manually enter the details for multiple publications. This also ensures that the integrity of the data, as it is coming from a single source in a consistent format. This latest integration of a large database into SmartSimple is pretty cool for a few reasons: 1.  The integration saves the researcher from having to go back and forward between the OMAFRA’s SmartSimple research portal and t

Using #Facebook to explain #cloud computing and #SaaS platforms for #Enterprise

This is the first of a multiple part series. As is often the case, whenever I meet someone new, the conversation inevitably turns towards employments. When asked what I do, I sometimes reply that I’m a Business Analyst for SmartSimple Software Inc . More often than not, this response is registered as nice to know and the conversation proceeds to other areas. Other times, I would provide a more focused answer along the lines of “I work for a company that provides software as a service”, because SaaS is so commonly used this response generally elicits a follow up question along the lines of…”so what do you guys actually do?”. “Well” I answer “We’ve developed a platform for enterprise that contains functional applications”, most times this answer is more or less ignored but occasionally I get responses from “I’ve heard of SaaS but I don’t understand what it means” to a flat out “You’re going to have to explain that to me”. What I always find interesting is that near 100% of the part

Is #SaaS the New #Intranet?

The ability of the Internet to facilitate communication and collaboration within an enterprise is nothing new. Back in the day, the Internet as we know it did not exist. By our current standards, information and data moved at a snail’s pace and the security standards simply did not exist. As a result, companies needed to have their own “private” internets known as intranets. This clearly required massive investments and was not easily accessed by ‘remote users’. As broadband grew and security increased, it slowly became the case that the capabilities of the internet met and likely exceeded the capability of many intranets – and this does not even consider the scalability of the modern Internet. The irony (reluctantly used incorrectly) is that the term intranet was understood to refer to internal functionality and usage rather than the actual infrastructure used to support it. So the million dollar question is… If solutions like SmartSimple can provide workflow manageme

From Paperless Offices to Paperless Communities: The Common CV #SaaS

As far back as the 60s, visionaries touted technology as the means to the paperless office. Today, anyone who works in an office can attest to the fact that these visions have never fully materialized. For countless reasons, most modern offices still have photocopiers and printers which are used many times a day. At the same time, courier services of all types are rushing around hardcopy documents. The latter point begs the question: IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A PAPERLESS OFFICE WITHOUT HAVING PAPERLESS COMMUNITIES? At the core of SmartSimple’s platform is the desire to enable effective community management and engagement of businesses and organizations alike. A core aspect of engaging with ones community is knowing who one deals with. Before implementing SmartSimple, many grant makers would receive hardcopy applications that must be copied and redistributed to program managers, reviewers and so on. The contact information would be entered into some sort of database and the applican