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.
We're committed to helping businesses all around the world work better — including our own. Smartsheet uses Smartsheet every day to improve collaboration, manage work in real time, and make better decisions, faster.
With rapid company growth, the Smartsheet Sales and Product Development teams needed to rethink various workflows in order to scale efficiently and effectively.
See how they developed solutions using the Smartsheet work execution platform to plan, track, and manage complex processes.
by Stephen Danos
Companies and teams that embrace the Smartsheet mobile app see many benefits, including some that aren’t so obvious at first glance. During the ENGAGE’18 session “Increase Productivity on the Go With Smartsheet Mobile”, we demoed some of the newer capabilities you can find in the Smartsheet mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
After fielding a few impromptu questions from session attendees, we shared some examples of how customers innovate using Smartsheet mobile. Read on to learn how customers in real estate property management, the fashion industry, and county park services have augmented their essential workflows with the Smartsheet mobile app.
by Renee Coulombe
When it comes to technology, business leaders know there's no such thing as a single platform that meets everyone’s needs. In our 2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration report, 90 percent of enterprise IT decision makers believe the presence of multiple collaboration tools in the workplace has made employees more productive.
But if teams are working across siloed work applications, important information can fall into a void. With over 15 secure integrations, Smartsheet and G Suite are enabling teams to collaborate with precision and transparency.
Learn how these four Google integrations can help you streamline processes and drive meaningful gains for your business:
by Renee Coulombe
Businesses today need to move fast to stay competitive. But how can today's leaders help their organizations move faster? One way to speed business execution is through better communication.
Here are three ways that business leaders can improve communication without slowing things down —so work can move forward quickly.
by Staff Writer
By the end of this year, enterprises are expected to pass the 50 percent milestone for cloud adoption, meaning that half of businesses will be using at least one cloud application, platform, or service. But this prediction also means that by 2019, the other half will still be missing out on the tremendous benefits cloud computing can offer.
The cloud refers to software and network infrastructures that are hosted in remote data centers rather than on your business’s premises or devices, accessed via the internet. The slow rate of adoption means that many businesses have yet to realize the operational improvements and efficiencies that can come from the cloud.
Words from Ian Khan, technology futurist and author of Cloud Wars, stand out: “We still have a lot of catch-up to do. Enterprises are planning the future, but many are still living in the past.” But for growth-focused organizations, he says, “there’s no other option. The future is about the cloud.”
How can moving to the cloud benefit your business? By taking a page out of Khan’s book, we’ve identified four key benefits.
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.
by Stephen Danos
Fast, informed decisions are the backbone of successful companies. The ideal speed of decision making is analogous to an 800-meter run, the controlled sprint where participants need to establish their position and pace once the starter pistol fires. Elite runners train rigorously to shave milliseconds off their time.
by Stephen Branstetter
I covet more time: more time for important work, more time with my spouse and kids, more time with friends, more time to work out and get healthy.
I used to hate creating weekly status reports. While important, they felt like a waste of time. Often, my status reports were simply a manual process of collecting data that already exists elsewhere mixed with tracking down people for further clarification.
So I started playing around with ways to simplify the process and save time using Smartsheet.
Automated actions are simple solutions that save me and my team time, reduce the number of status meetings, create more consistency in the frequency of our reports, and improve data quality.
And these benefits free us up to focus on more rewarding projects and less on manual, repetitive tasks.
Ovum, an international analyst firm, has just released the latest in its series of “On the Radar” research reports that track vendors that are driving innovation in their markets. The report finds that Smartsheet “bears watching as a strong leader in the collaborative work execution category.”
Among Ovum’s findings:
According to the report: “The Smartsheet work execution platform provides a solution to the way enterprises need to work today by creating a persistent, shared conversational workspace where users can communicate and share content in one place. It brings content from other apps into one centralized workstream and creates a portal where users receive persistent messaging, alerts, notifications, activity streams, and content-sharing functionalities.”
Source: By OVUM at Smartsheet Blog
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