Passageways’ commitment to creating a more sustainable world goes back to our earliest days. When OnBoard was released we knew that it would have an impact on our small blue home. We just didn’t know how big that impact would be. So we thought on this Earth Day we would take a look at the full impact OnBoard has had on our planet.
Here’s the upshot: OnBoard has saved an extraordinary 25,000,000 trees worth of paper.
Lafayette, IN, April 13, 2016 – Passageways announced that sales of its OnBoard board portal solution tripled year-over-year in Q1 2016, continuing the explosive growth started with its release in 2014. Buoyed by growing demand in the wake of high profile digital threats, corporations increased their investment in a secure platform for their board’s communications.
It’s being widely reported that Disney’s board has thrown a carefully choreographed succession plan into chaos with the ouster of the companies chief operation office, Thomas Staggs. Staggs became the Company’s second-in-command in 2015 and his sudden departure throws the entertainment conglomerates succession plans into disarray.
Bert Fisher, the CEO of Our Community Credit Union (OCCU), heads a credit union headquartered in Shelton, Washington with over 90 employees. In 2007 OCCU became a member of the Passageways family, and in 2010, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include all residents in the state of Washington. Matt Maxwell, Passageways Director of Business Development, had the opportunity to speak with Bert as well as Mark Nault, Director of Staff Development at OCCU. They recently relaunched their OnSemble Employee Intranet portal and revealed three ways OCCU has driven sustainable growth and enabled staff and middle management to step up to a new level:
In line with Passageways’ international expansion drive and Algorism’s aspiration to become a leading digital transformation solutions provider across Africa, both companies have signed a broad partnership agreement to serve the West African market with Passageways’ innovative board meetings management, employee intranet, and vendor management portal solutions.
Once upon a time software was the province of the IT department. They would conduct due diligence and implement new solutions. But, In the age of the App Store, the epoch of the Cloud, when every day a new disruption is announced, the friction of adopting a new solution has all but vanished. You can simply download, click, and begin. In a rush to be agile, something has been lost. The cornerstone that ensures success. The Human Element.
The Human Element, service and support is where technology derives its full worth. It’s people who view your success as their mission, who will be there when you need them to guide you through the most critical phases of a project. When implementation hits a hurdle, when a new employee needs to be caught up to speed, when you’re on a deadline and have a critical question, you need an expert who knows your business to work with you.
We began 2016 with a feature-rich OnBoard release that builds on the board portals’ core success – making meetings easy. The release improved how voting is handled across OnBoard, introduced the ability to annotate board books on the web, and bolstered security options for administrators.
The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, or the “frequency illusion” describes the syndrome experienced after learning about a new concept, thing, or piece of information; once learned that concept, thing, or piece of information seems to appear more frequently. The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon can infect board room thinking just as easily as it can affect an individual, though in the boardroom it may be better known as the Continuous Information Access paradigm. The frequency of information or trends to appear do not make that information or trend true or permanent. Knowing how the frequency illusion works and not succumbing to its illogic can prevent your board from making poor decisions that may cost you big.
When new ideas and technologies bloom into existence, they are often met with skepticism. For example, if you told someone a decade ago that we’d have a device that can make video calls, surf the Internet, pinpoint your location on a digital map, and order your pizza all at the same time, they would think you were crazy. The problem is that we fear change. Change means uncertainty, and uncertainty often breeds myths and rumors. When it comes to changing traditional conventions like distributing information through paper board books that have served boardrooms for decades, these myths can spread like a wildfire and make it extremely difficult to see a better, brighter way of doing things.
Some organizations have paid dearly during eDiscovery, the collection and review of business’ electronically stored information, simply because they didn’t know better, thinking that their Directors and Officers insurance would cover all discovery costs. But D&O insurance can be easily exhausted covering eDiscovery, since it is common for insurance providers to write liability policies without considering the costs if a plaintiff requests a backlog of electronic documents (like email).