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Default to Current Organization when Building Dashboards

Scott O'Reilly, September 15, 2014

When you're adding objects to a dashboard, the first step is to select the organization of the object that you want to add. In version 2.8 We now start with the organization where your dashboard is located, which makes building dashboards much easier.

It's not a huge change, but it's one of the dozens of enhancements in version 2.8 that make the software easier to use. Beta testing is open, so let us know if you want early access.

Taste Testing at Baskin-Robbins (The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Land That Job)

Elisa Subin, September 4, 2014

Are you a recent college grad looking to land that awesome job selling software? Are you an experienced marketing manager looking to make a big career move? Maybe you’re a rock-star developer, looking for the perfect job.

It doesn’t matter. I want to hire you. Believe me, I do. And, I’m sure you’d be great here. We’re an incredible company, probably just what you are looking for. And I know you would fit in perfectly. I can see that you’re qualified. And I’m sure you’re smart. No joke.

But you know those small pink spoons at Baskin Robbins, the ones you get when you want just a taste of that low-fat mango guava sorbet before you commit? I’m sure you love those little pink spoons as much as I do. So, why haven’t you taken the pink spoon we’re offering you?

No, we don’t sell ice cream. Our product is software. But that little pink spoon is right there on our website. It’s our “free sample” if you will. If you want to work here, why haven’t you clicked the “learn more” link on our website and watched the “3 minute video” about our product? Why haven’t you taken a taste test with our little pink spoon?

That little pink spoon isn’t just there to get people to buy our software. It’s also the perfect way for us to gauge your interest in our company. Our software, its what we do, right? If you don’t even want to check it out, I’ll assume you’re not interested in us and not passionate about what we do.

And that’s the key. Passion. Show me you’re interested in us. Show me you’re passionate about what we do. I’ve got your resume. In fact, I’ve got 100 resumes just like yours or better. All are well qualified. All are smart. And all want to talk about why I should hire them.

But why do you want to work here? That’s a harder question. Don’t be the applicant who smiles and asks me if I like my job. I’ll tell you the truth. I don’t like my job. I’m sincerely passionate about it. You can’t fake the level of passion I feel for my role here. And just so you know, I’ve been here for years. In fact, most of us have.

Now, if you think you might want to work here, you need to do your own research. Click the “learn more” link. Take the “3 minute tour.” Heck, you could even email helpdesk with your user questions. That’d be impressive.

That’s the sign I’m looking for, folks. We don’t have 31 different flavors. There’s only one little pink spoon here. Its on our website. It’s free. If you think you want to work here, then take a taste.

User and Group Dropdowns in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, September 1, 2014

Users and groups are sometimes listed in the same dropdown list. This used to be confusing because it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between the two. Even worse, on some screens the button said “add user” even though groups were there too.

In version 2.8 there are now user and group icons next to the names. The text on the buttons has also been updated to reflect the dropdown content.

This is just one of many changes we've made in version 2.8. If you'd like to be a beta tester, be sure to let us know!

New Default Chart Colors in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, August 17, 2014

When you create a chart, we automatically choose colors for the data series. In previous versions of the software, the color palate included colors like red, yellow, and green. This could be confusing because red, yellow, and green are also used to designate performance.

We've switched to a default chart color palate without red, yellow, or green. We don't want to mess up your existing dashboards, so this new color palate only applies to new charts you create.

This is just one of many changes we've made in version 2.8. If you'd like to be a beta tester, be sure to let us know!

Briefing Book Redesign in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, July 14, 2014

The Spider Strategies development engine keeps pushing forward, and we're excited to announce the release of version 2.8 beta! We've made a lot of great improvements throughout the application, but one of the most welcomed changes will probably be the complete redesign of full-screen Briefing Books.

In previous versions of the software, sending a Briefing Book to full-screen opened a new browser window. Because this content was in a new widow, though, there was no navigation and you couldn't click on an object to drill down to a new screen.

In version 2.8, briefings are now in the current browser window. The top and left app navigation slide out of the way, and a navigation bar appears on the bottom of the screen to switch slides.

If you click on a link that takes you away from the slide you're viewing, the current slide indicator on the bottom changes to a link back to that slide. You can click the link at any time to jump right back to where you were in the briefing, so it's impossible to get "lost".

In the lower left corner is a button that toggles the display of the top and left navigation. By default navigation is hidden, but you may find it useful to turn navigation back on temporarily when drilling down or changing calendar periods.

Clicking on the "X" in the lower right corner exits full-screen mode.

This is just the first of many changes we've made in version 2.8. If you'd like to be a beta tester, be sure to let us know!