SmartSimple Blog

SmartSimple Cloud Platform Update Alert – Upcoming Changes

Posted by Platform Solutions on Sep 29, 2021 2:33:39 PM

Our November 2021 upgrade is fast approaching and we want to share important changes with you. These changes affect the platform's User Interface (UI) and may have a direct impact on your users.

Topics: SmartSimple Cloud Upgrades, Platform Solutions

SmartSimple's Global Recharge Week for Staff, Happening August 2-6

Posted by SmartSimple Software on Jun 30, 2021 11:43:14 AM


2020 and 2021 have been extremely challenging for all of us. A global pandemic, the adoption of remote work, and taking the precautions necessary to keep friends and family safe have exhausted many of us.

SmartSimple acknowledges this and has invested heavily in the health and well-being of all employees. Key initiatives include reduced summer hours, a "work doula," monthly mental health all-company huddles, and now – Global Recharge Week – for all SmartSimple staff.

Topics: Support, Announcement

Better Together: SmartSimple Software Is Now an ORCID Certified Service Provider

Posted by Geoff Cook on May 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM


At SmartSimple Software, our day-in-day-out goal is to simplify granting and research processes, from the application stage right through to reviews, approvals, and outcomes reporting. We’re pleased to announce yet another big step toward that goal: SmartSimple Software has officially been recognized as an
ORCID Certified Service Provider. Read the full press release.

Scientific researchers and research funders alike are familiar with ORCID’s identification system, which assigns a unique ID to every researcher, and connects this ID to a researcher’s pertinent information and output: publications, citations, grants, employment, and more.

Topics: Integration, Research Grants Management, Research Institutions

SmartSimple Software Named 2021 Social Impact Partner of the Year by Amazon Web Services

Posted by Geoff Cook on May 12, 2021 2:12:29 PM

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SmartSimple Software is excited to announce that we've received the Social Impact Partner of the Year award for Canada from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This inaugural award, announced today at the 2021 AWS Partner Summit, recognizes SmartSimple Software's role as a technology provider in helping to empower funding organizations of all sizes to create greater efficiencies within their operational processes and ultimately enrich their impact within communities.

Topics: Announcement

How to Successfully Manage Your Three Ring Tech Circus

Posted by SmartSimple Software on Apr 1, 2021 1:21:37 PM


Imagine two grantmaking organizations, A and B. They each need to buy software to manage their contact relationships, operations, and finances, but they go about it very differently. Grantmaker A buys a technology suite from a single vendor, and uses it for everything. Grantmaker B, on the other hand, buys a specific solution for each function from different vendors, and then integrates them all.

Both approaches can be successfully implemented if done right, but organizations of all sizes are increasingly adopting the “best-of-breed” model in order to maximize their productivity and impact. With best-of-breed, you select the best solutions to solve each of your organization’s functional challenges and integrate them together where needed.

The upside to the best-of-breed approach is clear enough. That is, its intent is to leverage the best technologies to manage each functional need with the idea that if you’re using the best, you get the best results. Of course, in practice that isn’t always the case. There are a million and one cases of organizations that have cobbled together multiple technologies only to end up with a Frankenstein-looking tech stack where technologies can’t fit together well because there’s incongruent flow of data between the various technologies.

Topics: Integration, SmartSimple Cloud platform