Gathering, Analyzing and Acting – SmartSimple at TAG

The SmartSimple team broke out the sun block and headed to the annual Technology Affinity Group (TAG) conference in Turnberry Isle, Miami, from November 10th – 13th. This four day event brought together experts from foundations, not-for-profits and technology suppliers to network, learn and share industry best practices.

The theme for the 2014 conference was Data: Gather, Analyze, Act!, and the agenda featured sessions on how foundations and other organizations are using technology to improve the granting process.

“The conference was a great opportunity for everyone to gain insight and ideas,” says Brian Lai, Business Analyst at SmartSimple. “Discussion topics included business process improvement, security and information management. TAG also provided an app for all attendees, making it easier to track when and where events were happening, and included options to register and confirm attendance.”
SmartSimple President Cameron McLean at the TAG Conference.

Our President, Cameron MacLean, was invited to speak at the Plenary: Simplify Update session. Simplify is a joint venture between GuideStar and TAG. With Simplify, funders can eliminate the repetitive elements of the grant application process, making it more efficient. TAG issued a press release in July on Simplify’s integration with select service providers, including SmartSimple. Our GMS360o was the first solution to go live with Simplify enabled.

Another session of note was hosted by our client Tom Irvine, Vice President and CIO of Chicago Community Trust on How to Successfully Survive a Grants Management System Implementation. He shared his organization’s experience working with us. The session generated some great discussion on how SmartSimple helped Chicago Community Trust streamline efforts and save time. “It felt wonderful to be sitting in a packed room, listening to someone talk about how well our solution works for them,” adds Todd Lapin, Director of Strategic Accounts.

The SmartSimple booth was also quite busy, with many demonstrations of our GMS360o solution given to curious attendees. “We were thrilled with the amount of interest both Tom and Cameron generated,” continues Todd, “We had the chance to meet people from organizations around the world that were looking for a highly flexible solution, and we were happy to show off the advantages of the SmartSimple platform.”

Specifically, there were several questions around scholarship administration, and we were able to provide options on how SmartSimple helps manage that process. If you’re interested in how we can help with your scholarship applications, check out our YouTube video for all the details. You can also get in touch to request a demo of any of our solutions.


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