2014 Wrap-up – Highlights of SmartSimple’s Upgrades
As 2014 draws to a close and the New Year approaches, the SmartSimple team wanted to share our favorite new features from this past year. While it’s not easy to narrow down the best of the best, we think the following five are worth an honorable mention:
|Arcadia X Before|
In May, SmartSimple brought you Arcadia X, the next generation of our Arcadia interface and our alternative to an icon-based portal. Arcadia X gives System Administrators a new way to build personalized, role-based portals with features like tab-based navigation, list views, enhanced filtering and searching options. Change permissions, add portals, lock down, grant access and reassign as you see fit – it’s all up to you!
|Arcadia X After|
We did a little tweaking of the interface in November, making it even more intuitive by moving the menu tabs to the top of the page and grouping them.
Over the summer, SmartSimple’s GMS360o was the first solution to go live with Simplify.
|President Cameron McLean discusses Simplify at the TAG Conference.|
Simplify, from GuideStar and the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), focuses on data-sharing and standards-setting in the grants management sector. With Simplify, we’ve eliminated the need to enter anything more than once during the registration process, improving efficiency and eliminating redundancies.
Another upgrade feature brought you the convenience of online document signing with Signority. With Signority, users can send, sign, and complete approvals right from your SmartSimple system without pens, paper or scans.
Signority also provides an audit trail to ensure your documents are properly tracked, authenticated and stored. Never have to “dig up” a document from another online or hard copy filing system again!
U.S. Census Integration
In 2014, SmartSimple integrated with the U.S. Census online database, providing you with the ability to access the most up-to-date, geographically-relevant data from 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Census data is provided at three different levels: Tract, County and State. Census Tracts are the lowest level of geographic region for which census data can be returned. The data can be referenced in a list view, on a Universal Tracking Application™ record or elsewhere in the system.
|Sample of census data in SmartSimple.|
Data from the U.S. census can also be used to drive branching logic on SmartSimple workflows or perform other calculations.
Smarter Email Functionality
The November upgrade also gave a boost to SmartSimple’s email feature. Now you can generate unique email addresses for various objects or records, adding the convenience of attaching emails directly to the relevant object or record.
|Sample of enhanced email screen view in SmartSimple.|
When an external user replies to your email, the system automatically records the activity on the source record so all communications are properly tracked.
If you’d like more information on any of the above features, be sure to check out our SmartSimple Wiki and our YouTube channel.