Connections Online April 2013 Newsletter
Section One: Announcements and Tips
Connections Online Users Roundtable
September 26-27 in Las Vegas
The Users Roundtable starts with a Kick-Off Dinner on Wednesday evening, September 25th
We are excited to announce that this year's Users Roundtable will be held at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas - located on the strip. Notice the date is in September this year instead of June. We hope you will be able to join us. Please let Linda Schmidt know if you are planning to attend so we can get an idea on the number to plan for. Her contact information is [email protected] or
We have reserved a block of rooms and would like to add you to the rooming list. The rooms will be $89 per night plus taxes. (This includes the $20 per night resort fee, which covers: in room internet, fitness center access, two daily in-room Keurig coffee pods, two daily bottles of water, daily newspaper, local and toll-free calls, copying, faxing, and Board pass printing.)
We will be hosting a dinner the evening before the Roundtable and we hope you will plan your travel so you can join us!
The Roundtable will be from 8:00 – 5:00 on Thursday and until noon on Friday. It includes a continental breakfast both mornings and lunch on Thursday.
Each company receives one complimentary attendance to the Users Roundtable. (Additional attendees will be charged a minimal fee of $200 to cover meals and materials.)
We will be using our time at the Connections Online Users Roundtable getting your feedback on what you need, and hearing best practice presentations. We will update you to new functionality on Version 4.1 and share our new performance management module.
Past attendees have said that they find the networking with other customers invaluable. They also have enjoyed and learned new and creative ways to incorporate Connections into their own Connections process. We are looking to unveil updated functionality to the software. It will be a time to meet old friends and make new ones… We hope you will join us!
Again, please contact Linda to let us know if you are planning to attend – 800-395-1410 or [email protected].
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Tips for the Month
“Remember Me” Feature Returns 4.0/4.1
The 4.0 and 4.1 sites have been updated. The biggest change is the return of the "Remember Me" feature on the login pages. You can now use that option to stay logged in for up to 90 days after your last visit.
In the past, we had an issue with the Remember Me not working. I believe that is resolved now. If you select to have it remember you and you don't click the Sign Out button, you should now stay logged in, even when you close and re-open your browser. If this ever does not work for you, please let us know immediately by e-mailing [email protected].
The login updates also include a fix to remember which version of the application you are using, either 4.0 or 4.1. If you log in to 4.0 and then choose to switch to 4.1 from the link at the bottom, or if you log in directly to the 4.1 site, you will now be returned to the 4.1 site whenever you link back to the site from the Outlook or Project add-ins.
Department Refreshing with Changes Fixed
The issue with changing the org/dept causing a refresh has been fixed.
Setting the Login Page in Version 4.1
You can set which page you go to by default after logging in by choosing it on your account settings page. You can get to that page by clicking your user name in the sidebar. There, in the tab settings section, you can set which page opens by default for each tab, and you can set which tab is opened first right after you log in.
Another option, if you would like to open directly to a metric, task, or other page that isn't on one of the tabs, is to bookmark the URL of the page you would like to view first, then use the bookmark to open that page. If you aren't logged in at the time, the login page will come up first, but it will then redirect to the requested page after login.
User Not Listed on the Drop Downs
If a User is not on the list when you are choosing from one of the drop down lists, check to see that they are assigned to the correct department. If they are not, they will not show up on the list.
Connections Online Version 4.1
Our new Version 4.1 is out of beta and in full production. You can access the new site with this link: https://col.connectionsonline.net
Please have your Users use the new URL (link above). The beta version will still be accessible but will be used by our development team to test upcoming features. The 4.1 (COL URL) will use your production database (so you may have users on col.connectionsonline.net, beta.connectionsonline.net, and my.connectionsonline.net). We would like all users to use the URL https://col.connectionsonline.net and if you need (or want) to use 4.0 for any reason, you will see a link at the bottom of the page to open 4.0. We invite you to attend a scheduled 4.1 webinar (see webinar registration below). You will see that we have improved the efficiency of entering data by reducing the number of clicks to create and update the information in Connections as well as other improvements.
Note: Although we would like people to start using Version 4.1, Version 4.0 will continue to be available for use. There is a link at the bottom of the Connections page where you can switch to the other version.
Connections Online 4.1 Recorded Introductory Webinar
Use this link for a previously recorded webinar that is an introduction to Version 4.1 http://link.connectionsonline.net/COL-V4.1-Webinar. Use this link to print a copy of the Quick Reference Guide to Version 4.1 http://link.connectionsonline.net/Version-4-1-QRG.doc.
Client Care Notes
To view previous Connections Online Newsletters, go to http://www.connectionsonline.net/News/Newsletters.aspx
Monthly Calendar of Webinar Events Link
Click here to see our upcoming webinars or to register for a free training webinar.
Section Two: Webinars
Connections Online 4.1 Advanced Features Webinar
Tuesday, May 14th at 1:30 ET
This 30-minute training webinar highlights advanced functionality of Connections Online 4.1 with Q&A.
Click here to register for May 14th
Connections Online 4.1 Application Training Webinar
Tuesday, April 16th at 1:30 ET or Wednesday, May 22nd at 1:30 ET
Connections Online 4.1 Security Training Webinar
Thursday, April 18th at 1:30 ET or Tuesday, May 21st at 1:30 ET
This 60-minute training webinar is for Site Administrators – setting security on the site page and throughout the application.
Click here to register for April 18th or Click here to register for May 21st
Past Educational Webinar Recordings For a listing of our past Educational Webinars, use this link: http://www.connectionsonline.net/news/events.aspx
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, April 25th at 1:30 ET or Thursday, May 23rd at 1:30 ET. Please pass this link on to them to register for the:
April 25th webinar - https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/540226626
or this link to register for the May 23rd webinar - https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/508194106
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