To bring IT training to talented but underserved populations, Creating IT Futures turned to Smartsheet and realized huge savings.
Creating IT Futures — a Chicago-based nonprofit and the workforce charity of respected IT trade association CompTIA — prepares people from underrepresented communities for IT careers. Despite the successes of their training programs, inefficient, error-prone processes with their online training and certification exam voucher programs created a significant administrative burden for staff, students, and education partners.
Without a solution, manual tasks and data issues would continue to divert staff time and attention away from what was most important—supporting CITF’s students and alumni.
by Renee Coulombe
With hundreds of employees collaborating on multiple work streams, PayPal needed an easy and available solution to help them gain clear visibility into what was coming next.
By implementing Smartsheet, they were able to see processes from beginning to end, providing them with a summary view that enables them to move business forward with complete confidence. Watch their story:
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Editor’s Note: Here at Smartsheet, our customers inspire us every day. Today’s post comes from Oscar Gonzalez, Senior Program Planning Manager at Karyopharm Therapeutics.
In late 2016, after only five months as a lab manager for Karyopharm Therapeutics, I was promoted to the role of program manager in clinical operations. With no prior experience in clinical operations, I was in for quite a ride.
I couldn’t have imagined that after a year I’d be promoted to senior program planning manager and be the team lead of the program planning, analytics, and innovation group — in large part thanks to the effect I had in the implementation of Smartsheet across the organization.
Smartsheet dashboards and sheets give Karyopharm's clinical teams, CRO staff, and project managers constant access to trial information.
The scientists, lab technicians, and project managers at Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. have an ambitious goal: to create drugs to more effectively treat cancer, autoimmune disorders, and other major diseases. Making a big difference in the lives of patients means carefully managing the smallest details — everything from efficiently setting up and certifying a clinical trial to updating records when a researcher’s office gets a new phone number.
“We have active studies that encompass over 350 different centers such as hospitals, small clinics, and medical schools across more than 20 countries,” says Oscar Gonzalez, program planning manager at Karyopharm. “A lot of organization has to happen to achieve our goals, and it’s truly a labor of love. The people here have a passion for what they’re doing and for what, ultimately, we’re trying to do for patients.”
Tellepsen uses Smartsheet to assess development goals and determine which project managers are ready for promotion.
The construction project management team at Tellepsen Builders knew how to plan and build corporate headquarters, hospitals, and schools. But building a clear structure for career growth and promotion required a new approach.
Kendall Pouland, director of professional development, needed a better way to manage the skills training and advancement process for a growing team of ambitious project managers — and found it in Smartsheet.
As a family-owned business that’s been operating in Houston for more than 100 years, Tellepsen focuses on projects that make a difference in people’s lives. Construction project management is one of the largest teams at Tellepsen, and vitally important for the business. Project managers work at construction sites organizing the full range of onsite operations. Pouland had worked her way up through the project management ranks; spending 10 years working at building sites in a hard hat had taught her that a PM’s work is complex, and that clear feedback is essential to mastering the job.
by Renee Hunter on June 5, 2018
When disasters strike, most people’s first impulse is to take care of their family. For Tellepsen, a leading building business in Houston, employees are family.
So when Hurricane Harvey brought widespread flooding to the Houston area in August 2017, Tellepsen used Smartsheet to find out the status of more than 500 employees spread throughout the sprawling Houston metro area, and get help and resources to the people who needed them.
by Renee Hunter on May 8, 2018
Fortune Brands Home & Security is the parent company for a number of leading brands — such as Master Lock, Moen, and Therma-Tru Doors — and employs over 23,000 workers who produce and distribute cabinetry, premium doors, plumbing, and security solutions to consumers all over the world.
by Renee Hunter on August 22, 2017
As any retailer knows, if a chain wants to survive - let alone thrive - it needs to simultaneously keep growing and set itself apart from the competition. MOD Pizza is one such company - a fast casual pizza chain that is rapidly expanding it’s reach.
MOD Pizza has recently gone from opening a couple of stores a year to opening 100 stores in a year. But sustaining that growth isn’t easy. As MOD Pizza CEO Scott Svenson shared in a recent interview, “It’s easy to open one store and send out a press release that you’re going to be the ‘Chipotle of pizza.’ It’s much harder to open the second, and the fifth, and the tenth, and then start to scale.” As MOD Pizza’s growth accelerated, their team needed a way to quickly scale their retail operations to stay on track with all of their store openings.
by Mark Pendolino on September 13, 2016
KEXP is a Seattle-based entertainment network with listeners around the world (and even in space!). With 40 seasoned DJs, inventive musicians both indie and established, and a focus on providing an enriching experience as a non-profit, they have a big mission and all the tools to achieve it.
KEXP recognized right away that being “just a radio station” wasn’t going to work long-term in a world of streaming entertainment. As early as 2000 they offered high quality Internet radio, and as a result have grown their listeners by 300% over the last 15 years while other radio stations have dwindled. They built strategic partnerships with organizations like Radio New York to produce shows coast to coast, and more recently have signed a long term agreement with the University of Washington to continue championing artists, serving the public, and furthering the cause of musical arts over the airwaves and online for the foreseeable future.
What’s the common thread? KEXP knows how to plan ahead and manage work on the fly. That’s why they choose Smartsheet.
South Water Signs manages custom-made signage projects nationwide--a massive exercise in coordination, traditionally managed on paper or with Excel spreadsheets and email. As the company's business grew, it became clear that this manual process wasn’t scalable. That’s when South Water Signs turned to Smartsheet. Customer projects are now streamlined. Sales reps collect all the necessary data – package, type of sign, type of service, etc. – using a web form that feeds into a master sheet of all jobs. A project manager then uses the sheet to keep information like photos, permits, and approvals organized and stored in the context of work timelines. A custom report pulls all the necessary information to create an invoice for works in progress and the report is automatically sent to accounting. It's a seamless and transparent process that delights customers and makes South Water Signs a leader in its industry.
SSouth Water Signs, a leading national signage company, uses Smartsheet in all areas of their business.
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