We are now in the last quarter of 2020. It has been a challenging and tough year. We have seen and heard from many who rose above this unprecedented circumstances.
Nobody is prepared for this global pandemic. What initially thought to be an outbreak in a city called Wuhan had in no time spread throughout the world. City after city are in lockdown. Lives, businesses, economy and many aspects are impacted.
Like it or not, we have to make new adjustments.
I oftentimes find myself forgot to put on my mask when I got out of my car. So, I decided to put it on the moment I leave my house, get in the car and get out of the car.
Instead of "when can I meet you?", the new question is "when can we zoom?"
Instead of planning for our weekly grocery shopping, we find ourselves reviewing every available merchant online to decide where should we purchase our meat, vegetables, fruits and other essential items from.
So, how about our work? Will it ever be the same again?
How many of you have been attending meeting after meeting over zoom just to get updates and realign with your team? Is this the effective use of your time?
by Stephen Danos
Across all industries, IT departments provide the essential infrastructure for companies to operate more efficiently and effectively. They often coordinate and implement technology on a tremendous scale and ensure business continuity, from installing hardware upgrades to setting up single sign-on to improve data security.
IDC recently reported that when considering a work execution platform, IT departments add adoption criteria that move beyond cost, customer validation, and implementation time. Among these necessary checks are enterprise-grade security, scalability, long-term use, APIs and integrations, and the platform’s access to a partner ecosystem.
When stakeholders want to secure buy-in for new SaaS platforms, IT leaders want to outline value added, quantifiable benefits, and understand why stakeholders need the platform in the first place. However, IT teams that use Smartsheet can access several add-ons, templates, and integrations and Connectors that help improve planning, increase throughput, and streamline operations.
IT leaders can see immediate value for numerous team functions such as organizing your IT help desk, implementing software migration plans, tracking unresolved tickets, and developing new software. Smartsheet provides multiple approaches for streamlining existing IT workflows and managing projects with real-time, executive visibility. Here are seven Smartsheet solutions IT teams can use today:
Dashboards and portals provide real-time visibility into critical data and essential resources with easy-to-configure views. Dashboards and portals are made up of different widgets associated with the different types of data you want to share. They can be shared with anyone, and are easily viewed on the mobile app.
What's a dashboard vs. a portal? It's the same functionality - just different use cases.
Portals provide a centralized repository for key information for your team. They typically contain rich text, shortcut, and image widgets. A Team Portal that maintains team and department resources, providing one version of the truth, is a great example of this.
Dashboards, on the other hand, provide real-time visibility into the status of the business, providing critical KPIs through metric, chart and graph, and report widgets that help users make better decisions, faster. A Sales Pipeline dashboard that highlights tasks, opportunities and other key metrics to track pipeline and performance is a perfect example of this.
by Renee Coulombe
Business today is moving faster than ever, and leadership must accelerate work processes in order to stay competitive. In fact, a survey by Forbes found that 92% of executives believe that organizational agility is critical to business success.
But how do you speed up in the right way? Here are ten ways a work execution platform can help you move faster — so you can say yes to more ideas, more customers, and more revenue.
by Stephen Danos
In order to gain a competitive advantage in today’s business world, companies need to make speed a habit and accelerate workflows, all while avoiding the Red Queen Effect: working faster and harder to stay in the same place.
As pressure to innovate grows, companies need to continuously improve on their products and processes, taking in to account internal observations and customer feedback. This means being proactive and, like experienced chess players, thinking several steps ahead to compete without sacrificing quality.
The combination of a clear foundational vision, organizational alignment, and emphasis on speed allows business leaders to build successful, cross-functional teams. Once these are firmly in place, businesses can run faster and smarter.
by Brendan Reed on April 19, 2018
Are you wasting time looking for information? A recent infographic shows that information workers spend 36% of their day looking for and consolidating information, and 44% of the time they still can’t find the information they need.
Often, team information is provided manually via email or download, which in turn presents a new set of problems. Constant emailing and chats, the inability to control document versions, and more add up to a painful and ineffective experience.
Centralized information and data sources are essential for managing and sharing team documents and data simply and effectively, but existing web-based platforms and company intranets have their limitations.
For example, they typically need IT support to set up, which creates a lag time for business users. They can also be difficult to update, so information quickly becomes outdated as business users wait for IT to make changes.
Writers and Bloggers from Smartsheet.