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Tableau and Smartsheet
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to connect your business analytics and data visualization tools? No more scrambling around to update various spreadsheets or project tools with data pulled from other apps? With Smartsheet, now you can do just that. The new Smartsheet Live Data Connector links Smartsheet and third-party apps like Tableau, Excel, Qlik Sense, QlikView, and others, allowing you to deliver powerful data visibility and insights via the tools you already use. The new functionality uses industry-standard ODBC technology to pass Smartsheet data in real time to other apps, seamlessly visualizing your work in charts, graphs, dashboards, and more.
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Most project managers are familiar with the Gantt chart, a visual timeline to track projects and see how tasks relate to each other. But, how much do you know about the man who invented this popular project management technique? Henry Gantt, an American mechanical engineer born in 1861 in Maryland, is best known for developing the Gantt chart. Although the first iteration of a Gantt chart was created in the mid 1890s by Polish engineer Karol Adamiecki, he only published the chart in Polish, which limited widespread use. It wasn’t until 15 years later that Gantt devised his own version of Adamiecki’s project schedule and published it in English, making it available to a vastly larger audience.
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We've been growing like crazy. Over the past five years, we've seen an 80% increase in revenue year over year and recently reached a new milestone of 62,000 paying organizations worldwide, with over six million registered Smartsheet users getting work done. In particular, large organizations are adopting and expanding their Smartsheet usage with a 3x increase in enterprise accounts in the last year. Top industry analysts have also highlighted Smartsheet's value to organizations. Gartner named Smartsheet in its Cool Vendors in PPM report. And Forrester Research's Total Economic Impact (TEI) study of Smartsheet found our tool increased team productivity by 25%.
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3 Myths About Gantt Charts

3 Myths About Gantt Charts
Project management is pure paperwork. Frequent meetings are the only way to keep everyone in the loop. Gantt charts are a waste of time. There are dozens of project management myths out there; everything from "certification is a must" to "process trumps people." And there are even more myths about Gantt charts, the timeline view with dependencies, predecessor tasks, and milestones (learn more about Gantt charts here). Gantt charts can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how much you know about them. Many people are under the impression that they are a scary, time-consuming tool that can’t even scratch the surface of a complex project.
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Spring is here and what better way to observe it than to participate in a little spring cleaning? We often think of spring cleaning as a time to deep clean and organize our home life, kitchen cupboards, or closet. In fact, 72% of households spring clean every year, according to an American Cleaning Institute survey. But what about decluttering and organizing our work life? Studies show that the springtime cleanse can be associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity. And not just when you clean your home. You can also reap these benefits by cleaning your workspace. Who wouldn’t want to decrease stress and increase creativity at work?
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