Mountains, Salmon and Dog Sled Racing – SmartSimple goes to Alaska!

Madhulika Sharma with the Rasmuson team
In early September, 2014, SmartSimple Project Manager, Madhulika Sharma, journeyed to Anchorage, Alaska, to provide two days of on-site training for one of our newest clients, The Rasmuson Foundation.

This is our first client in the great state of Alaska, and Madhulika the first SmartSimple employee to venture to the far north. The Foundation’s Statement of Work (SOW) was completed in early 2014, and full implementation should be completed by the end of October, 2014. Madhulika was invited out by the Foundation’s CEO, Ian Dutton, to provide on-site end user system administration training. “I was very happy to meet Ian,” said Madhulika, “and I was thrilled to find out he’s a fellow cricket player! He’s shared the field with many legends of the game, and it was great to find we had a common interest.”

The goal of the first part of the Foundation’s training schedule was to create super users to handle the administration of the system, allowing the Foundation to be self-sufficient. Over the two days, Madhulika introduced a team of administrators to SmartSimple’s GMS360o software, giving them their first real taste of how much the platform could do to help streamline and manage their granting process.

“Since the Foundation funds projects all over the United States, they’re going to be taking their SmartSimple software with them wherever they go. They were so excited to see what SmartSimple could do for them and so appreciative that I went to train them personally,” added Madhulika.

The trip – and the training – were a great success. “Madhulika was excellent! We are all so grateful she came up to visit work with us,” said CEO Ian Dutton.

Madhulika also enjoyed her time, and plans very definitely to return to Alaska. “Everyone was wonderful, so friendly and welcoming,” she said. “It’s just so beautiful there. No matter where you are, you see mountains all around you. It’s definitely a place I would recommend everyone visit – I’m taking my family there for a vacation next year!”

About The Rasmuson Foundation

The Rasmuson Foundation awards grants to both organizations located in Alaska that serve the local community and to individuals for projects, fellowships and sabbaticals. Grants are awarded for projects that focus on artists, performers and community organizations from within Alaska and throughout the continental United States. To learn more about them and the work they support, be sure to visit The Rasmuson Foundation at


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