Sparkrock Blog

Altus Dynamics is now Sparkrock

by   Melissa Alvares on 01.26.17

Today is an exciting day for us, as we announce our new company name and logo.

Our business has grown and evolved over the last 13 years, and we felt it was time for a change. We have refreshed our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic future. This wasn’t a decision we made lightly as we are proud of our rich history. However, our new brand truly reflects our brand promise to you. 

Topics: Sparkrock

3 Types of Staff that Would Love a Case Management Solution

by   Andrew Cheung on 01.23.17

With demand for social services increasing, human services organizations are finding new ways to improve their case management capabilities. One of the best ways to do so is by using a case management solution that allows organizations to effectively manage client data, efficiently track and report on client outcomes, and ultimately provide greater quality of service. From executive director to case worker, these solutions help solve problems at every level of an organization. Here are common challenges that 3 types of staff at human services organizations face every day, and how using a case management solution can help solve these problems:

Sudbury Catholic DSB's Top 7 Favourite Features of their Sparkrock Solution

by   Meg Wilson on 01.19.17

Last week we braved the snowy winter roads and headed to Sudbury, Ontario to meet with several K12 school boards. The purpose of the event was to discuss the challenges that they're currently facing with their operational processes, what's currently getting in the way of solving these challenges, and how Sparkrock's solutions might be able to help.

Topics: Technology

"And the nominees are..." Alliance 2017 Customer Awards Nominees

by   Meghan Holmes on 01.13.17

Drum roll please…

We’re proud to announce the nominees for the Alliance 2017 Customer Awards! 

For the past few years, we have presented awards to our valued customers at our annual conference. We greatly appreciate everything our clients do, and these awards are a way for us to thank them for their efforts in their implementations, cooperation, and positive contributions to society. These customers and their nominations were truly exceptional, and their accomplishments should be viewed as examples of technological excellence in nonprofit, education, and public sector organizations everywhere. 

 And this year’s nominees are:

Topics: Outcomes-Impact , Sparkrock

Humans of Sparkrock - Suzy Kostanteen

by   Meghan Holmes on 01.12.17

Welcome to another edition of Humans of Sparkrock! In our last segment we spoke with Jeff Rintoul about his role in our Professional Services Department. Here at Sparkrock, we're all about making our clients happy and ensuring they get the most out our solutions. Meet one of the newest member of our team, Suzy Kostanteen, who is working as a Senior Quality Assurance Analyst and shares our goal of customer satisfaction. Read on to see what she had to say about working at Sparkrock and what she most enjoys about her position:

Topics: Sparkrock

How to Map Out Your Nonprofit Software Selection Journey

by   Cait Abernethy on 01.11.17

Researching and selecting a new software solution for your organization is no small feat.

Statistics show that accounting software is only replaced every seven to ten years – it’s not something that a Finance Director does frequently. Likely, a lot has changed since the last time your organization considered new solutions – new regulations, additional sources of funding, dramatic changes in technology and software delivery, and an explosion of new choices.

To help you through the process, we’ve identified five phases of Nonprofit software selection process or journey to help Finance Directors as they prepare and research.

Topics: Finance , Technology

What it's like to intern at Sparkrock

by   Kevin Dayno on 12.16.16

My name is Kevin Dayno and I’m a 3rd year Science & Business student at the University of Waterloo. As part of the school’s co-op program, I get the opportunity to work for various companies and gain valuable work experience through internships. Over the past four months, I had the great opportunity to work as a Marketing Intern at Altus Dynamics. Here are some of the things I liked and learned during my internship!

Topics: Sparkrock

FEATURE RELEASE: K12 School Board Schedule 10 Reporting Improvements

by   Andrew Cheung on 12.15.16

We understand that reporting to the Ministry of Education is very important for K12 School Boards in Ontario, who are continuously looking for ways to improve upon their reporting process. That is why we are pleased to present new features that produce data in ministry format for Schedule 10 (10.1, 10.2, 10A, 10B) to help our clients improve their reporting to the Ministry. This new functionality will dramatically reduce the time, effort, and headache required to create reports for the Ministry. Schedule 10 is the first of an entire suite of Schedules that we plan on rolling out in this new format.

Tips to Ensure a Successful Software Implementation

by   Cait Abernethy on 12.14.16

At the moment, many nonprofit and human service organizations are deciding to ditch their archaic ERP and CRM technology for more robust solutions that are not only integrated, but offer powerful functionality designed specifically for their industry. With an exceptionally easy user experience for both executives and staff, this new technology lightens the load of numerous operational teams so they can get more done in less time, creating an opportunity to have an even greater impact on the people and communities they serve.

Topics: Technology

Here's what you need to know about Microsoft Dynamics 365

by   Andrew Cheung on 12.12.16

Ever since Microsoft announced Dynamics 365 back in November, there has been a flurry of initial reactions, analysis, and rumors in the absence of concrete information about the product in the early stages of this rollout. With all this noise, it’s easy to understand why there is confusion among those in our industry. Well, fear no more. This post will give you a basic understanding of Dynamics 365 so that you can navigate through all the information out there.

Topics: Technology

Mismanaging Financial Information Could Put Your Non-Profit at Risk

by   Kevin Dayno on 12.07.16

Based on the webinar by the Nonprofit Quarterly, “Creating High Functioning Nonprofits: Who Should Have What Financial Information?”

 You may have heard the saying “A plan without numbers is just a bunch of good ideas.” Although this may not be true in all cases, it is very true when it comes to strategic and financial planning. The importance of managing financial information cannot be overstated because if it’s not done properly it could lead to serious problems for your organization. This makes it essential that department managers and the executive leadership team are all on the same page when it comes to aligning your strategic and financial planning.

Topics: Finance