Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SmartSimple’s Fall Open House


On Wednesday, October 24, we here at SmartSimple opened our office doors to welcome clients, colleagues and collaborators. We spent the day discussing important company news, unveiling new software features, and exchanging ideas in open group conversations.

For those who were unable to attend or are interested in a rundown of the sessions we hosted, we've compiled helpful briefings of each discussion to bring you up to speed.


Our engaged audience. (Don't mind the cobwebs - they're only Halloween decorations.)
Opening words by Michael Reid

Company co-founder Michael Reid detailed the eye-opening history of SmartSimple, from its humble beginnings as a lean startup to its current standing as an international company with 40+ employees across Toronto and Dublin.

As a humourous way to illustrate just how far SmartSimple has come, Michael unveiled the very first server the company used. A rusty relic, compared to today's technology!

Arcadia: SmartSimple’s Next Generation Interface

Next, we showcased an exciting new way for our clients to interact with SmartSimple. Our preview of Arcadia showcased the updated design (including drop-down menus) and new features such as the Tool Tab and Level 0 items. Arcadia represents a simpler, quicker interface that will be a snap to read and interact with, especially on mobile devices.

Check out our website to learn more about Arcadia.

Medical Claims Management Discussion

For the rest of the day, the meetings split into industry-specific discussion groups. For the medical and insurance sector, there was much talk about the updates to HCAI and how SmartSimple will be accommodating them in a forthcoming update.

There was also an overview of a new feature: booking transportation and translation services. Want to know how this can benefit your practice? Just click on the link above for our training video.

Research Management Discussion

We were joined by clients from the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for an open dialogue about the ongoing changes in the research industry, and how it relates back to management software.

The many points of discussion included:

  • SmartSimple’s dedication to making implementation more effective.
  • CASRAI, an organization dedicated to setting common research standards.  
  • Researcher preference toward performing reports quarterly versus annually.
  • Accessibility by way of research reports being described in plain language without overly technical terms.

Friday, October 12, 2012

What is SmartSimple's UTA?

As a frequent user of SmartSimple, you may have come across the term ‘UTA’ multiple times. Chances are you use several UTAs as part of your customised system. But what does it mean, and what makes it integral to your SmartSimple experience?

UTA stands for Universal Tracking Application, which is a customisable application used by SmartSimple as a powerful information gathering tool. They can be used in a variety of ways, including case management, grants management, programs management, helpdesk applications and contract tracking.

Level 1

Each basic UTA consists of an entity, which is something that is being tracked. In SmartSimple terminology, the thing to be tracked is called the Level 1 entity. For example, this can be a project or a case.

Once you define the Level 1 entity, you can create any number of activities associated with it. The Level 1 entity defines how the application should be structured.

You can create different types of Level 1 entities with our Level 1 Templates. In each template you can define your own set of custom fields. This feature allows you to track information common to all items and specific information for certain types of items.

Level 2

When you need to track the activities and time associated with the Level 1 entity, you will need to enable Level 2 in your UTA. The tracking of Level 1 activities are known as Level 2 items.

Level 3

The final activity level is enabled when you need to track different activities at Level 2. You can create any number of Level 3 items for a single Level 2 item.

For more information about UTAs and how they enhance your SmartSimple interface, read our comprehensive Wiki guide.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Getting Started with SmartSimple Relationship Management

Managing your organization’s companies, departments and users can be tricky. That’s why SmartSimple offers a built-in Relationship Management program: to help you organize the hierarchical structure of your staff and contacts.




Setting up New Branches

Under the Organization menu, click Internal Users to display the hierarchy of users within your company. Enter a new branch by selecting the New Branch tab and filling out the information. The system will check for duplicates, at which point you’ll be asked whether you want to merge with an existing branch or create an entirely new one based on the information you wrote. 

Users & Groups

The relationship manager supports an unlimited number of contacts, which you can enter manually or by exporting from your Microsoft Outlook account.

Creating groups for your users greatly simplifies how you manage your contacts. Simply select Roles & Permissions under the Configuration menu and click User Groups to get started.

Setting Permissions

SmartSimple also allows you to set the permissions of users individually or in bulk. Their roles and groups control what they can see and access when they log into SmartSimple.

Users do not have access to SmartSimple until you set their user type, access type and password. To do this, simply click on the user and select Settings, then Roles & Access. From here you can set login restrictions, role types and user password.

Portals

After you’ve set up a new user, configure their Portal to simplify how they see the interface once they log on. Select the Roles & Permissions link under the Configuration menu and go to User Roles. From there, select the Portal icon next to the user you wish to set up. Add shortcuts and customize the design according to their role and how they will use the SmartSimple software.

For more of SmartSimple’s online training videos, check out our Wiki page.

Book Transportation & Translation Services Using SmartSimple


If your company requires you to contact and book third party transportation and interpretation services, SmartSimple has the solution for you. We've made the easy step-by-step process even easier with our online video guide:






Transportation Services

A drop-down list of service providers will be made available to you upon completion of the claimant’s information and referral sources. From there, you will be able to fill out trip information, appointment details, duration of transportation, and billing.

Translation Services

Under the Interpretation drop-down list, you will find a selection of available translation service providers. Upon choosing your service, you will be able to customize details such as gender of interpreter, language, special needs, wheelchair accessibility, and billing.

You will receive a confirmation number after successfully submitting your request for either type of service to your selected provider.

For more of SmartSimple’s online training videos, check out our Wiki page.

If you would like to make these services available from your SmartSimple system, please contact our support desk at 416-591-1668 ext 1 or email us at info@smartsimple.com.

Introducing SmartSimple’s Online Training Videos

You have questions, we have answers. Here at SmartSimple, we’re excited to introduce our online training videos to better help you understand our services. Whether you want a quick overview of our latest update, or the best tips and tricks to set up a new program, our videos cover all bases.

Want to get started? Check out our comprehensive video guides now:

SmartSimple’s Cloud Calendar




Learn how to manage your online calendar by changing your calendar type, adding events and tasks, and associating different contacts and users.

Getting Started with SmartSimple Relationship Management



Maintain users for your business with our easy organizational hierarchy tool. Structure your organization by company, branch and division, as well as your staff by department and role. You can also associate external contacts with your company.

Booking Transportation and Translation Services with SmartSimple



If your business needs to access transportation and translation services, you may book them directly from your SmartSimple system. Select your service provider and coordinate details such as duration, wheelchair accessibility, billing and more.

Integrating SmartSimple with MS Outlook


Want your Microsoft Outlook account and your SmartSimple account to work in harmony? Download our easy-to-use plugin and synchronize your contacts, calendars and events/appointments across both platforms.  
  
Browse the rest of SmartSimple’s videos on our Wiki page or our official YouTube account.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

We are delighted to invite you to our Fall SmartSimple Open House


Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to learn about new features, opportunities for collaboration with SmartSimple partners and ways to enhance your SmartSimple experience. We will be hosting 8 concurrent sessions, running from 9:30am-4:00pm at our office location (111 Peter St.). Feel free to join us for the full day or for the sessions that peak your interest. There will also be prizes and raffles for attendees who participate in the Open House!

Please note that all sessions are first come, first served and run for one hour. Please visit the events calendar on our website to learn more about the sessions and to register. Your last day to register is Monday October 15, 2012. Please feel free to bring along any colleagues whom you think might benefit.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 416-591-1668 x100.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

SmartSimple Links Up with CASRAI at Reconnect12


SmartSimple is excited to attend CASRAI’s first annual Reconnect conference, taking place form October 10-12 at the Delta Centre-Ville in Montreal We look forward to learning from some of the top minds in the research community.

What is Reconnect12?

The theme for Reconnect12 is Occupy Impact. Speakers will be addressing a growing issue within the research community: impact measurement. What is the impact of a system this wide and diverse, and how can it be improved? While the main purpose of Reconnect12 is to tackle the difficult issue of impact measurement, it also offers an opportunity for CASRAI’s peers and colleagues to reconnect, hence the name. This two-day conference will be attended by researchers, scholars, evaluation officers, and other stakeholders with an interest in finding informed solutions to these impact issues. Who is CASRAI? CASRAI is the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information. In other words, they’re a non-profit organization that develops standards for diverse research organizations to work together (interoperability). CASRAI works to ensure that the research community benefits from the standardization of research data. This saves researchers time, and draws a clearer picture as to how research impacts on society.

Who are Reconnect12’s keynote speakers?
  • Claire Donovan, PhD. Presentation: Moral Panic & the Impact Agenda
  • Chad Gaffield, PhD. Presentation: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Dir. Presentation: Impact - I do not think it means what you think it means

What will SmartSimple be speaking about? 

Product Marketing Manager David Resnick will be presenting a session titled Incentivizing Impact – Easy Input, Better Outcomes. The title explains it all: to ensure the best possible outcome, input must be simplified. This presentation will shed light on the social and psychological barriers that may prevent the collection of relevant information to present to stakeholders. David will also discuss the best business practices that will incentivize users to overcome these barriers. Find out more about our presentation and its scheduled time on Reconnect12’s online agenda: http://www.verney.ca/casrai2012/agenda.php 

To learn more about our Research Management System, please visit our page:  http://www.smartsimple.com/research-management-software.html