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January 2017


2017: The year of the SSL

By | Information Security, Web Design, Web Hosting | No Comments

SSLs protect information sent between your visitors’ computers and your site’s server(s). Any website that collects credit card numbers, passwords, email addresses, or other personal information should encrypt data with an SSL to ensure it is not readable by potential hackers. Trust is a two way street, and we don’t trust many sites that aren’t encrypted with a secure certificate.

The use of an SSL results in trust and legitimacy and is quickly becoming the standard for all websites. Sites with SSLs are given preference in Google search results, and customers are becoming more savvy about internet security every day. The trusty “https://” in our browser lets us know we’re in the right place, and not giving away all of our personal information on some imposter website. Don’t give people a reason to drop off your site by encountering pesky warnings or being wary about entering information on your site.

Port & Starboard takes security seriously, which is why we implement encryption with SSL certificates on every site we develop, mange, or host. (Unlike a lot of companies who almost always offer cheap, basic plans with no SSL.) We also always use the latest AWS hardware, Cloudfront CDN, fully patched operating systems and WordPress environments to ensure speed, efficiency, and availability.

Contact us to have a free web assessment and to discuss how to get your site in compliance with the changes impacting the web in 2017!

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Four Things We Love About Hoopla

By | Integration, Our Services, Product Reviews, Salesforce, Technology Demos | No Comments

We tried out Hoopla for a client, and we love it. It’s a simple, lightweight solution that perfectly meets their needs.

Port & Starboard provides analysis of alternatives as a service for our clients, which means we do all the research, contact the software sales reps, sit on the demo calls, negotiate the pricing, and provide our clients a recommendation and matrix of all the solutions we reviewed for them. In this case, we took a look at Hoopla, Ambition, and LevelEleven. Each of the three are exceptional products, two of the three offered a little too much functionality for what this particular client needed. In the end, Hoopla was the solution we recommended, and here’s why:

1     Look and Feel
Hoopla’s newsroom-inspired appearance is right up our client’s alley. It’s less “corporate presentation” and more “current events.” The slide transitions and ability to add custom slides, videos, and graphics was just what they were looking for. The channels will be playing in an office frequented by both their sales personnel, and their customers, so it was important to them to be able to communicate their message to both audiences.

What our client wanted:
A leaderboard to feature their top sales talent on the impressive flat screens in their multiple office locations
A solution that would allow them to pepper in videos, graphics and slides that compliment their branding and decor in each location
Something simple and affordable – they weren’t looking for a complex dashboard, analysis or coaching tool
The ability to display real-time or recently updated data from Salesforce
Scalability — the ability to implement the solution in future office locations as they grow

What our client didn’t need:
Fancy user-specific dashboards
A solution native to Salesforce or accessible through Salesforce
Complex data analytics
Management or coaching tools

2     Salesforce Integration
Hoopla is not built on the Salesforce platform, but it does offer a fairly simple integration, allowing customers to broadcast live Salesforce data as part of any leaderboard. It has a direct connection to Salesforce, so the use of a third-party middleware is not necessary. The integration enables Hoopla Users, Teams, and Leaderboards to be managed through the use of reports stored in a single folder in Salesforce. We were pleasantly surprised (and impressed!) by Hoopla’s Salesforce connector. The connector makes two to three API calls per report per sync, and settings allow administrators to choose the frequency that report data is updated.

3     Ease of Use
Whenever possible, we build a proof of concept of solutions we recommend to clients with their data, so clients can get a true feel for what the product will do for them. We set up a trial version of Hoopla, connected it to our client’s Salesforce org, and created a few leaderboards within two hours. Our client already had their Salesforce reports created, which made it really easy. We estimate it will take 6-10 more hours of set-up time to truly get them up and running for each office, but the initial set-up and proof of concept was really easy.

4     Standalone App
Based on our client’s requirements, the fact that this app lives outside of Salesforce is actually a better fit for them. There was no need to install a managed package and a bunch of new objects in Salesforce to meet their requirements. Doing so would add a layer of complexity that was just unnecessary for this client’s use case. This lightweight, standalone app with a connector gives them just enough functionality to meet their needs, and nothing more.

Our views and review of Hoopla are our own and primarily based on a single client’s needs. Ambition and LevelEleven are additional products we would recommend, depending on your needs! If you’re in the market for a leaderboard solution integrated with Salesforce, please contact us today! We’d be happy to help you evaluate solutions for your company’s specific requirements.