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Web-Based Management Tool Heralded by Credit Union Executives
If you went back in time 10 years, how would you explain to your colleagues the benefits e-mail or the internet would bring to your work life? How would you describe how it exponentially increases your communication ability, how the rapid transfer of information impacts business flow, how productivity has improved, how work in general has changed?
It is in this same context that Credit Union CEOs almost can’‘t communicate the impact Connections Online has had on their business - although pinpointing the achievement and results they have encountered comes easily. Connections Online, developed by Cardwell, is a web-based application that connects every member of an organization or a business for the purposes of communication, team building, strategic plan implementation, value reinforcement, information management, people management, and project management. The CEOs and management teams who use it agree on two major benefits: it builds teamwork and trust, and it makes their jobs easier.
Execution was a hurdle challenge for Oregon Telco Community Credit Union (OTCCU), prior to implementing Connections Online. Says Patricia Smith, CEO, Connections Online was the tool we used to develop expertise in execution and communication - which were our biggest challenges. Now we can achieve even our most aggressive goals. Using Connections Online, OTCCU moved from a highly manual lending process that took up to two days to approve a loan, to an automated process that approves loans within minutes - all within one year. Ms. Smith and her management team believe Connections Online captures the spirit and commitment of the great people within the organization and focuses them on success and achievement. It‘s been great for me to watch people achieve and celebrate those successes, she says.
With its affordable price tag (a Quick Start package includes 25 site licenses of the software, basic implementation, consultant review, and one month ASP service and is available for less than $30,000 until December 31st, 2003) and easily deployed technology, Connections Online is a real option for Credit Unions both large and small. Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union (TBFCU), now at $230 million in assets, has been using Connections Online for several years to stay strategically focused. Connections Online keeps us on the same page, whether we’re on different teams, departments, or levels. It brings us together and fosters teamwork and trust. It makes our vision for the future a reality today, says Dale Schumacher, CEO of TBFCU.
The bottom line of building teamwork and trust is why Kyle Markland, CEO of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, has been using Connections Online for years. ‘Connections Online helps us achieve better results faster by tracking and measuring our strategic execution. It keeps everyone focused on the bull’‘s-eye.’
For more information about Connections Online, or for a demo contact Kristie Greenleaf at (310) 540-7493.
January 12, 2004
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