Smartsheet Blog

Microsoft and Smartsheet partner to introduce Power BI
Customers are constantly looking for detailed insights into their work, or to see their data presented in new and innovative ways to achieve results more efficiently. Microsoft’s Power BI makes it easy for anyone who needs to visualize their workflows in Smartsheet by creating dashboards and other visualizations in Power BI. Although Smartsheet customers can use the Live Data Connector to connect Smartsheet to a visualization tool of their choice, Microsoft has just simplified the process by enabling an out-of-the-box integration to the new Power BI platform.
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Lessons learn from ten years at Smartsheet with Brent Frei
Celebrating ten years and counting with Smartsheet is a great feeling. It wasn't always clear along the way that we'd make it in the increasingly crowded SaaS work collaboration field. We've been deep in a category that's resisted broad success for 25 years. So, our growth and customers' achievements with our product is particularly satisfying after a decade of hard work. We've done a lot of things right to get here, and certainly learned or relearned a lot along the way. And we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of Smartsheet’s potential. So, what have I learned in 10 years that you’ll give a damn about?
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John Creason, CTO Smartsheet, named outstanding CTO
Last week, our Chief Technology Officer, John Creason, was selected as the winner of Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJ) annual Leadership in Innovation and Technology Award in the Outstanding CTO category. This prestigious Washington award recognizes top executives who have leveraged technology to create a competitive advantage, optimize business processes, and impact the bottom line of the company and/or its customers. As CTO, John’s tireless commitment to excellence in the development and expansion of Smartsheet as a product has accomplished all three.
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Smartsheet works for your team
You’ve just purchased Smartsheet, the collaborative work management tool you feel confident will make your teams more efficient, productive, transparent, and engaged in their work. But how do you get them to start using it? Soon after the initial purchase, your Customer Success Manager from Smartsheet will work with the key stakeholders of the account to discover what their immediate and long-term goals are. Together, they will devise a plan to implement new workflows and train your teams. The process generally consists of several phone conferences or even on-site trainings from basic to advanced — including high-level sysadmin training.
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Tips for deploying SaaS apps within your business
How does a SaaS platform grow from one employee’s freemium trial to a core IT-approved service in a multinational enterprise environment? Sometimes the process can take a meandering path, but here we’ll cover the seven steps to deployment and how to take a SaaS tool from zero to sixty within your business in no time. First off, how long is deployment supposed to take? In the enterprise (businesses with 500 or more knowledge workers), the general deployment cycle from introduction to complete adoption usually takes between six to 12 months. Let’s break the cycle down into the seven key phases. A knowledge worker within an enterprise stumbles upon a SaaS tool to solve a business need.
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