by Praerit Garg
I recently joined Smartsheet as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime in many ways. I was looking for an exceptional opportunity, and I feel like I’ve found that at Smartsheet. Here are three reasons why:
1. Working on The Killer App of the Day
I started my career at Microsoft, and worked my way up to General Manager before leaving to build my own company, which was eventually acquired by Quantum. Most recently, I’ve been working at Amazon Web Services for the past four years, leading teams that build and operate some of the most foundational services that power all of AWS.
by Staff Writer
It seems like almost nothing changes faster today than technology. Blink and you’ll see new innovations – as well as new threats. Alongside this tremendous change, we’re witnessing unprecedented demands on IT professionals – everywhere from cybersecurity to platform migrations to the cloud to demand for new and updated hardware that fits the latest market trends. While demand for IT professionals is going through the roof, the talent pool is not necessarily growing at the same speed.
by Staff Writer
Businesses are banking on innovation as a top way to stay relevant and edge out the competition, a strategy that looks like it will pay off. According to a report from Accenture, 54 percent of large companies expect new business — including both novel products and entry into previously unexplored markets — to generate more than half of total revenues within the next few years.
And for the most innovative companies, a focus on driving innovation is already paying off: for the six percent of companies who have demonstrated the strongest ability to embrace organizational change, a whopping 75 percent of revenues stem from business activities that didn’t exist prior to 2015.
But before businesses can innovate, they must first develop their ability to discover and act on new ideas with speed and confidence. “Innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product or process that creates a value,” says Linda Naiman, an organizational creativity consultant who has worked with a roster of enterprise and Fortune 500 companies that includes American Express and Cisco. “But you cannot innovate without creativity.”
by Imran Khawaja
We all begin our projects with clear goals and intent. You may begin by sitting down, creating your task list, and clearly outlining due dates. But before you know it a task has slipped and the due date has passed. I will admit, this has happened to me more than I would like.
I work as a lead software development engineer at Smartsheet, and when planning a recent release event I was our assigned release captain. As release captain, I am responsible for making sure all work items that are required for a successful product launch are complete. That includes following up with our software developers for bugs that need to be fixed and making sure all changes to the infrastructure are completed prior to launch.
by Staff Writer
A recent study by Deloitte Digital found that nearly half of business leaders say they are currently unable to generate insights from data to help inform real-time decision making. But in today’s competitive business climate, difficulties leveraging data to make faster, better decisions can put organizations at a significant disadvantage, affecting their ability to respond to customer needs, meet regulatory requirements, deliver products to market and a host of other mission-critical objectives.
While the Deloitte study found that 88 percent of businesses report using productivity tools to assist in decision making, many work execution platforms don’t offer the features that best empower the swift, sophisticated decisions enterprise leaders must make on a daily basis. For faster, better decisions, look for a platform with these three key offerings.
by Katy Beloof
Are you ready to hit the ground running in January? Or are you looking at a month or more of lag time to start turning your ideas into projects and programs that will have an impact? If you’re like many of our customers, come the new year, you’re already looking ahead to what’s next and how you can best achieve your goals over the next year.
Whatever you aim to accomplish, we’re here to help you have an even greater impact on your organization. To get you started, here are ten tips that will help you work more effectively in 2019 — starting today.
by Katy Beloof
To compete in today’s marketplace, organizations can no longer rely solely on the old standbys of growing revenue and reducing costs. Increasingly, the success of enterprise organizations depends their ability to engage customers, accelerate product development, and attract world-class talent ahead of the competition.
These new business needs are fundamentally changing the nature of work. According to an October 2018 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Smartsheet, Deliver On Top Business Objectives With Collaborative Work Management, businesses are seeing:
by Brendan Reed
Today, teams across industries use a variety of ways to view, visualize, and act on information to get work done. Whether they’re creating and managing a portfolio of projects, tracking expenses, or servicing requests, they need to be able to work from anywhere, anytime, on any device — and be able to quickly visualize work in progress.
Inspired by Kanban boards and the Agile Methodology, Smartsheet card view is a highly visual way to prioritize, communicate, and collaborate on work. It makes information and data more approachable so that you always see the big picture, make sure your projects are on track, and identify potential gaps in your plan.
At the recent Smartsheet ENGAGE customer conference there were some exciting product announcements. Here are the new capabilities that we are bringing to you to empower you to improve how you work.
by Stephen Danos
The benefits of building and maintaining a culture of quality can be measured in dollars. According to a 2014 study, companies that emphasize quality, and ultimately make fewer mistakes, can save an estimated $67 million per every 5,000 employees.
At a time when customers increasingly use social media and online reviews to make informed purchasing decisions, the pressure is increasing for businesses to continually raise the quality of their offerings. This emphasis on quality — combined with pressures to respond to changing demands at speed — can lead to more mistakes for companies that lack a clearly defined doctrine of quality.
So, how do effective leaders build and sustain a culture of quality — without sacrificing speed? Here are some ways business leaders can get started.
Writers and Bloggers from Smartsheet.