Users Roundtable -
June 17-18, 2010
Our Users Roundtable will be held
in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel on the strip. We have reserved a block of rooms for a rate of only $79 per night (plus taxes). To register for the Roundtable or to reserve your hotel room, please email or call Linda Schmidt 800-395-1410 - firstname.lastname@example.org
We are finalizing our arrangements and need your response as soon as possible.
Connections Online 4.0 Advanced Features Webinar
Tuesday, May 11th at 1:30 EST or
Wednesday, June 9th at 1:30 EST
This 30-minute training webinar highlights advanced functionality of Connections Online 4.0 and Q&A.
Click here to register for May
Click here to register for June
Connections Online 4.0 Application Training Webinar
Wednesday, May 26th at 1:30 EST or
Wednesday, June 23rd at 1:30 EST
This 60-minute training webinar dives deeper into an overall “how to use” Connections Online 4.0.
Click here to register for May
Click here to register for June
Advanced Analytics Educational Webinar
Thursday, May 20th at 1:30 EST
Please join Dave Freeman as he introduces you to our Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics tool.
Click here to register.
Past Educational Webinar Recordings - Go to http://www.connectionsonline.net/news Then click on the Events tab for a listing of our past Educational webinars.
Click here to link to our Training Library.
If you know someone outside of your company who may be interested in learning more about Connections Online, we have an informational webinar scheduled on Thursday, May 27th at 1:30 PM EST - Please pass this link on to them to register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/385478442
Connections Online Migration
If you have not already done so, and are ready to migrate to 4.0, please contact Karla Norwood at 800.395.1410.
Users Roundtable – June 17-18, 2010
This year is an especially important session. We have added two SIGNIFICANT new capabilities to Connections. One is Web Services; the other is a robust Business Intelligence platform. Once you see these you will want them. They will allow you to take Connections to a higher level from a communications standpoint. They will add significant horsepower to your strategy implementation. We will have experts on-site to walk you and your people through the applications and possibilities. We will also provide time for hands-on experimentation. The combined experience is something we cannot do over the web. This is truly a unique experience. Please click here for our Users Roundtable Agenda Highlights.
Advanced Analytics Educational Webinar - An Overview of Connections Online Professional
Thursday, May 20th at 1:30 EST
As you may have read in our previous announcements, Connections Online (COL) has partnered with Birst™, a leading provider of on-demand solutions for business intelligence and analytics, to enhance its Connections Online 4.0 strategy execution tool.
Why an Advanced Analytics option? The Advanced Analytics option within Connections Online PRO, allows COL customers to interact with analytic dashboards and reports that combine information from multiple data sources. Sources include core financial systems, sales data, marketing data, HR data, or any other data sources that include spreadsheets – along with Connections Online transaction data. This process allows customers to truly understand where they are performance-wise related to their strategy in ways they have never been able to accomplish before.
Connections Online PRO, powered by Birst, works by pulling data from the core financial source used by the customer as well as other data sources. Dashboards will show integrated views of data not possible before.
Dave Freeman, Connections Online Vice President Sales and Marketing will be hosting this session. He says, "This partnership brings unique value to the customer who wants to improve business performance – you are 'marrying' advanced analytics that help determine where you have been and where you want to go with the operations side of the business to manage how you get there."
This 30 minute webinar focuses on how you can easily interact with your data for analysis on how you are doing against your KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) by Branch, and across the entire organization. We will explore how we can automate the pull of key data from your core financial systems to create dashboards that are relevant to how you track your success. Examples are: ROI for every promotion by Branch, New Member and corresponding product and service account activity, Profitability by Branch, Cross-Sell Analysis, etc.
We look forward to having you join Dave for this presentation. Click here to register.
Jim Cardwell’s April Educational Webinar – How Do You Build Contagious Organization Momentum?
What happens when people in your organization start to consistently win? They want to do it again and again. As the momentum begins to build, the energy level increases and the excitement is contagious. If you attended the most recent “Connect with Leaders” webinar on April 29, you learned how this happens. Here are a few highlights of this information-packed session.
The webinar, entitled “How Do You Build Contagious Organization Momentum?” was quite different from any other we have hosted. We invited a guest panel to share the steps they have taken to create a work environment that positively reinforces staff for doing the right things.
The panel included:
· Kerry Parker, A+ Federal Credit Union CEO
· Nancy Richardson, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union AVP of Human Resources
· Tim Draper, Navigant Credit Union VP of Marketing
The session started by discussing the challenges of living in a “go, go, go” work environment. In many organizations leaders get so busy they don’t take the time to stop and recognize top performing employees. When the right things get done, no one is told. If you want high performance, you need to set some clear, mutually-understood targets, and then reinforce everyone who helps you achieve them. Actively market that “we are winners” to everyone WITHIN your organization. Use real examples. By doing so, your culture will change—people will start to believe it.
Every organization on our panel deployed a number of these tactics. Running in parallel, they built the “we are winners” brand from a number of angles.
A+ FCU’s Kerry Parker discussed how her credit union created an Intranet site that made it easy for people to recognize fellow employees for living the organization’s Core Values. Each month, the organization’s leaders review and select the best Core Value stories submitted. All of the winners are highly recognized on the Intranet and in the quarterly newsletter. (A+ is building momentum; last month they got more than 70 story submissions. This is working!)
One of the recognition tools Jeanne D’Arc CU’s Nancy Richardson uses is Character Pins. Every time a project is completed, every team member gets one of these attractive pins. The pins are on a card that is personalized and signed by team leaders — the CEO signs them too. This motivates the employee (and those around them) to get involved as new projects come along. Staffers throughout the Credit Union proudly collect these pins. They wear them or hang them on their bulletin board. You see them everywhere.
A new form of employee recognition was added this year at the annual employee meeting for Navigant Credit Union. Tim Draper created a themed event around the Hollywood Academy Awards. The meeting was held around the Oscars. Draper dubbed the event the “Navicademy Awards” and handed out Oscar look-alike trophy statues to all the successful teams and team members. They renamed the Oscar Award to “Gary’s” after the credit union’s CEO, Gary Furtado. Needless to say, the event, which was normally a ho-hum affair, was a huge hit. People are motivated. The culture is transitioning. They want to win more.
The panel shared several other creative, high-impact examples for fostering fun, nurturing, and rewarding people throughout each organization. In addition to heightened employee motivation, these uplifting work environments lead to increased production, better service, and team pride.
Check out the archived presentation on our site for more details. For additional information on building contagious organization momentum, contact Jim Cardwell or Karla Norwood at Cardwell 1-800-395-1410 or email@example.com.
Click here for a recording of the webinar.
4.0 Tips of the Month
Connections Online 4.0 April Upgrade
Please make sure changes to the application in last month’s upgrade are made available to your users. To easily distribute the upgrade, please forward this link:
To keep the Remember Me working
· Use any bookmark to the site that you want, as long as the bookmark is for a valid page and does not go to the login page: Login.aspx. It is fine and actually preferred to type in or link directly to the root of the site: https://my.connectionsonline.net/
· Do not use the Sign Out link
· Do not log in as anyone else
Printing Reports with IE8
A quick tip, if you are getting extra blank pages when printing the Connection Reports with IE8 - When the report is open, next to the address line at the top of the page, there is an icon that looks like a ripped piece of paper that is called “compatibility mode” – click that and then print the report – it should print fine.
Security Using Propagation
When you create a project from your department it has a specific security – that initial security “stays” with the project from that moment in time forward. For the security to work properly, make sure you click the propagate icon on the security edit window (you will find the propagate icon in both the metrics and task security locks). It is the icon to the right of the “add” edit symbol.
You can propagate the default security on the site page as well as security elements on the metric and project modules on the organization, department and people tabs within the application.
Client Care Notes
To view previous Connections Online Newsletters, go to http://www.connectionsonline.net/News/Newsletters.aspx
Monthly Calendar of Webinar Events Link:
Go to this link and then choose Calendar of Web Events from the list: http://www.connectionsonline.net/News/Events.aspx
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