CLEVELAND (8/16/10)--Strategy consultant and software developer Cardwell has launched Connections Online IQ, an online library and user community for Connections Online (COL). COL creates a virtual blueprint of an organization, such as a credit union, that shows an organization's goals and strategic plans, scorecards, project portfolios and plans, and individual performance management. With COL IQ, users can upload and share custom reports and tips, and post comments and issue requests. COL IQ also offers new reports, frequently added templates and training modules. Reports and templates include:
* Resource and Capacity Planning; * Employee by Basic Role (Key Result Area) and Dialog Comment; * Employees’ Last Individual Dialog Date; * Performance Appraisal Forms using data from COL; * Resource Report for ALL tasks per Employee; and * Templates.
COL IQ also features Cardwell’s new COL Web Services, which provides information technology (IT) departments and third-party developers direct access to push or pull data into or out of COL that support the four standard functions: Create, Read, Update and Delete. If a user can access the information in COL, the user can access the information through COL Web Services. COL Web Services IT department features include:
* Inter-operability between platforms; * Easy-to-read text protocols and open standards for in-house developers; and * Combined and integrated software and services from other companies.
COL Web Services also allows users to share information across applications. Users can share/aggregate/report on information across the enterprise, grabbing data from any data source and populate information in COL. They can also pull information from COL and create unique reports and their own COL apps, said Karla Norwood, Cardwell president. “With our Web services, we can make the Microsoft Outlook connector much faster now that it’s available,” Norwood said. “We can turn on RSS feeds, we can use RTF capabilities, we can create forms to fill in data, and we can do all kinds of reporting and more.”