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Period "to date" Equations in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, October 17, 2014

In version 2.8 there's a new equation you can use for calculated metrics called “Period to Date.” You can use this to create metrics with values based on rolling sums of other metrics’ values or thresholds. For example:

TD(Quarterly,123)
would result in a quarter-to-date sum for metric 123's actual value.

TD(Yearly,123,Goal)
would result in a year-to-date sum for metric 123's Goal.

Equations like this are a lot easier to understand with an example. Let's say you have metric #1570 that is updated every month:

If you created a calculated metric using the equation TD(Quarterly,1570), it would have values that look like this:

And, a calculated metric with the equation TD(Yearly,1570), would look like this:

If you're interested in beta testing version 2.8, be sure to let us know!

Increase Dashboard Text Size in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, September 29, 2014

The default dashboard text object size used to be fairly small.

Now when you add a textbox to a dashboard, not only is the box itself much larger, but its font size is bigger as well.

This is one of many usability enhancements in version 2.8. Let us know if you're interested in beta testing.

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!