Sparkrock Blog

Growth Driven Design: Critical systems need to keep up with the times

by   Melissa Alvares on 02.17.17

There's a lot of things out there to keep up with. Fashion trends change every season, that new Netflix series that "everyone" is talking about, the latest new smart phone, fun new apps - the list never ends.

While it's not that important for you to keep up with the new "mom jeans" trend, what IS important is that your technology keeps up with both internal and external changes.

Your organization is continually evolving, taking on new employees, new programs, new grants and funding sources. Then add on top of that external influences such as regulatory changes, new reporting requirements, and increased demand for your services. Your Finance, HR, Payroll and Case Management systems may be perfectly suited to your organization at the Go-Live date, but within a year, or even a few months things may be out of date.

Topics: Finance , Outcomes-Impact , Sparkrock

Introducing our New and Improved Sparktivists Program

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.08.17

Sparktivist

[spark-tuh-vist] noun

1. An especially active, vigorous advocate for Sparkrock

This special program is designed to reward our activists – more than ever before – for sharing their experiences and expertise, referring colleagues, and helping us create and spread great content.

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Nonprofits are the Real Change Drivers in our World

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.06.17

We're going to come right out and say it - Nonprofits don't get the credit they deserve.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Customer Awards

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.02.17

Drum roll please…

We’re proud to announce the official Winners of the Alliance 2017 Customer Awards! 

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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. 

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"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:

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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!

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Do You Have What it Takes? Alliance Award Nominations are Now Open

by   Dhebi Hay on 12.02.16

It's almost our favourite time of the year again! No, we're not talking about the holidays, we're talking about our annual user conference - Altus Alliance! 

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The 8 Types of People You’ll Meet at Alliance

by   Cait Abernethy on 11.03.16

To all the conference-goers out there, we’d like to pose a question. What’s your mission?

With so many benefits of attending and goals to focus on during a conference, choosing just one can be a tall order. And with Alliance 2017 around the corner, you might be asking yourself: Should you network and make connections with smart people? Or should you stick to learning and diligently take notes during the breakout sessions?

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Announcing our Alliance 2017 Featured Keynote: Author Sheri Chaney Jones

by   Melissa Alvares on 10.31.16

For over 15 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses through the use of performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices.  Her experience and expertise has transformed measurement cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.  

By developing a measurement culture and using data collection and analysis, Sheri has helped one client turn a $420,000 loss into a $420,000 gain. A successful project with another client resulted in a program savings of approximately $100,000 a year; and yet another client saw an annual savings of $250,000,000 in Medicaid spending. 

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