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    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

    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

    How You Should be Managing Agreements & Contracts Now & After the Pandemic

    Posted by SmartSimple Software on Feb 10, 2021 3:12:05 PM


    Going into our second year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have adjusted to working remotely. Admittedly, there are some things that are more difficult to manage virtually, but executing agreements shouldn’t be one of them.

    Tools like DocuSign’s eSignature solution have been pivotal in helping organizations manage activities that are traditionally managed offline like agreements and contracts. It’s just one of the dozens of apps on the SmartSimple Marketplace that can be added to any SmartSimple Cloud system to extend functionality, so that you can manage even more of your operation from place. There’s PayPal and Stripe for online payments, Salesforce for CRM, or Microsoft Dynamics GP for Accounting to name just a few.

    Read on to see how one financial institution automated their e-signature workflow with SmartSimple Marketplace’s DocuSign eSignature app to not only meet urgent funding needs in their community, but also accelerate their operational efficiency.

    Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility, Grantmaking, Integration, Research Grants Management, Government Grants Administration, Marketplace, Review Management

    How To Save Time By Not Having To Manually Vet Each Grantee

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Apr 14, 2020 2:24:35 PM

    Managing grantee requirements, vetting organizations, and evaluating each grant recipient against watch list scans are some of the highest priorities in the grantmaking process. Yet, it’s often a bogged down, manual process that not only takes too much time. SmartSimple's Platform3 includes built-in integrations that can automate your scanning requirements against over 20 watch lists.

    Topics: Grantmaking, Integration, Webinar

    How To Relieve Administrative Burden, Stop Wasting Funds, And Become A Consistent Decision-Maker

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Feb 20, 2020 2:53:13 PM

    Guest blog written by Jesper Johannesson, Economist for SmartSimple partner, DAMVAD.

    Topics: Integration