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TargetSolutions Works Hard to Deliver Exceptional Platform Reliability to Clients

TargetSolutions is determined to deliver clients the very best experience possible. Creating a platform that is not only powerful, innovative and user-friendly, but fast and dependable, is more than just a goal – it’s a promise.

With that in mind, TargetSolutions has invested in the very best technology possible to ensure its systems are reliable and accessible. The company expects 99.9 percent system uptime, which is an internal benchmark that only the most sound technology platforms maintain, and is proud of the fact it consistently exceeds that impressive mark.

“We operate under the software as a service (SaaS) delivery model, and serve clients who need access around the clock,” said Systems Architect Anthony Miranda. “We need to be available 24/7 for our customers to utilize our system, we take that very seriously.”

Achieving such incredible system uptime is a result of having the appropriate technology in place – TargetSolutions utilizes best in class equipment and software to ensure its delivery infrastructure is reliable – as well as a dedicated and highly competent staff available at all hours to closely monitor servers.

“We have designed our systems with redundancy, so that if one fails, another will take over,” said Miranda. “We also have various layers of fault tolerance built into the systems along with a disaster recovery site strategically placed away from our main hosting location. If a natural disaster strikes this region, our customers won’t experience a prolonged outage.”

TargetSolutions’ dedication to reliability should leave clients with no doubt their records will be available when they need them. They can also rest confidently knowing a great deal of planning has gone into the platforms development. TargetSolutions works diligently to create innovative applications that make training management easier and more efficient.

“The best way to ensure our platforms success is to continually make improvements,” said Software Engineer Manager Dustyn Borghi. “We’re always looking for ways to further optimize the platform and make the user-experience that much better.”

For example, TargetSolutions recently made significant alterations to the User Selector tool, which has made it easier for administrators to navigate the platform and select the users they would like for various assignments. Large organizations with hundreds of users will certainly recognize this upgrade.

“Almost everything our platform has to do with user selection – so having the ability to find users and find them quickly is paramount to daily operations,” said Borghi.

The ongoing effort to optimize different aspects of the platform has made navigation throughout the site smoother and more efficient than ever before.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

Manage Credentials’ Start and Expiration Dates Easily with TargetSolutions

The Manage Credentials application inside the TargetSolutions platform is an exceptional way for departments to maintain standards and track training. Without question, it is a powerful, user-friendly tool built to make your life easier, and less complicated.

To that end, TargetSolutions has made mass modifying start dates and expiration dates as simple and easy-to-use as possible. Once you have selected your credential of choice, click on the gear wheel in the Users box. Then select Modify Users.

From that point, select all visible users and hit Continue. You are now at the point where you can put in a new start date and a new expiration date. Once that data is populated, simply click on the Finish button and you will be brought back to the Edit Users page.

TargetSolutions is focused on making the credentials application as easy to use as possible.

TargetSolutions Users Reach Significant Milestone of Completing More Than 14 Million Assignments

TargetSolutions recently reached a landmark achievement related to platform utilization and we want to thank our clients for making it possible. Earlier this month, clients surpassed more than 10 million total custom activities completed on our system since we released the powerful Activities Builder application in 2008. Combined with completed courses, users have now surpassed 14 million total assignments.

“We are averaging around 300,000 course completions per month and we are anticipating the number to continue to grow, reaching 5 million more completions in the upcoming year in 2013,” said Vice President of Operations Alex Day.

With TargetSolutions flexible Activities Builder application, organizations can create any type of training documentation they desire and attach it to an activity or course. Custom activities include everything from custom courses, inspection sheets, policy reviews, surveys, etc. These activities are seamlessly delivered from within the platform to users. In addition, administrators can ensure accountability by attaching e-signatures and tracking capabilities.

Surpassing 14 million assignments shows clients are continuing to increase utilization and integrating the platform into their everyday training regimens, Day said.

“Our clients know better than we do what is going to help their industry thrive,” Day said. “Activities Builder is a powerful application that helps administrators tailor certain training assignments and documents to their organizations specific needs. By working closely with clients and taking their feedback into consideration, we have been able to change the way the fire industry manages training.”

TargetSolutions’ Sexual Harassment Awareness for Supervisors Course Undergoes Major Enhancements

TargetSolutions is constantly working to upgrade its courses and make the user experience as enriching as possible. Recently, we completed enhancements to the Sexual Harassment Awareness for Supervisors course that have made it more engaging than ever. We have included content utilizing audio and video to boost the courses educational value and appeal.

In the updated Sexual Harassment Awareness for Supervisors course, we have created interactive lessons that include six benchmark Supreme Court cases that have helped shape the definition of sexual harassment in the United States (see image below).

“We’ve implemented scenarios that include dialogue between co-workers where the user can click through the conversation and judge its appropriateness,” said Content Architect Jeremy Lynch. “Once they’ve consumed the information and correctly answered any questions, they can move forward at their own pace.”

TargetSolutions is currently working on improving the basic Sexual Harassment Awareness course in a similar manner in order for more users to benefit from the enhancements. In fact, we are focused on upgrading the experience for our entire library, which now includes more than 1,000 titles. Some of the changes include a more consistent style, engaging multimedia, and shorter, quick-hitting bundles of information.

Avondale’s Training and Recordkeeping Goes to Next Level with TargetSolutions

Avondale Fire and MedicalWith such a rapidly growing population, the Avondale Fire Department(AZ) not only wants, but needs the most efficient and powerful technology available – so it only makes sense the department has been a client of TargetSolutions since August of 2005.

“It was a little bit of a growing pain at first, because it was something new,” said Avondale’s Fire Division Chief, Aaron Glass. “I think if we were to take TargetSolutions away now it would cause heartache because were using it to track continuing education for paramedic certifications with the platforms Credentials Manager. TargetSolutions has really become an essential part of our training regimen.”

Within the past year Avondale has doubled its platform utilization, helping the department improve its overall efficiency and ensure compliance. Here are a few applications the department is currently benefiting from:

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Improvements to User Selector Tool Saves Time for Administrators

In a recent blog post, we reported on our efforts to improve the User Selector tool. We are excited to announce those changes are now available for clients. While most of the improvements were behind-the-scenes work, you will notice several small changes to the design of the tool, including the elimination of the checkbox graphics in the middle pane of the tool, as well a change to the way names are displayed (Smith, Joe instead of Joe Smith).

We have also implemented a third-pane display for Users Selected. This pane will list users and give you the option to sort selected users alphabetically by name.

We are confident these improvements to User Selector tool will make your experience much faster. And soon, the tool will also include the ability to search by employee ID. This change has been heavily requested and we are looking to launch it before the end of the year.

 

Mastermind Behind TargetSolutions’ Fire Department ISO Tool Joins the Team

TargetSolutions has recently hired Tim Riley, retired Training Chief from Dunedin Fire Department in Florida, as our first Product Specialist. Tim, being a past administrator of the platform for Dunedin, comes to TargetSolutions with a wealth of platform and industry knowledge.

Tim is truly the mastermind behind the fire department ISO solution, which is now available on the TargetSolutions platform. While with Dunedin, he helped us build the application that is extremely efficient for ISO tracking of training.

In his new capacity as Product Specialist, Tim will work closely with our East Coast departments, helping ensure they get the most out of the program. Tim will be hosting user groups, webinars and making department visits when needed. In fact, Tim will be presenting Company Training Officer Sessions in Florida next week (Dec. 10-12). The sessions are being held at Station 84 in Miramar, Fla., at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you would like to attend, please e-mail TargetSolutions at usergroup@targetsolutions.com.

Tim will cover fire department ISO requirements and the reasoning behind certain training restrictions. He will also offer tips for maneuvering around the TargetSolutions platform, making it easier to find the training that needs documenting and for building reports.

We could not be happier to have Tim on our team as a Product Specialist. If you would like some assistance from Tim, please contact your Account Manager to setup a meeting.

Bulletin Board Functionality Makes TargetSolutions Platform More Engaging

Did you know you can personalize your TargetSolutions online training and records management system by updating your Bulletin Board functionality? Administrators and designated Supervisors have the ability to update the Bulletin Board as often as they like by changing content, font, justification and by adding web links and pictures.

Perhaps the most exciting way to personalize the Home page is by adding a video to the Bulletin Board. You can add one video or multiple videos, keep the same video up for six months or switch it out on a daily basis. It is a great way to keep users engaged and logging into the site.

Embedding a video is a fairly straightforward process. The video needs to reside on a third-party site, such as Vimeo or YouTube. Upon grabbing the appropriate embed code from the third-party site, you simply utilize the HTML editor within the Bulletin Board to place the video. It is that easy. Give it a try today!

For questions about TargetSolutions’ bulletin board functionality, contact us today at (800) 840-8048. 

From Innovation to System Reliability TargetSolutions Is One Step Ahead

TargetSolutions delivers the most powerful online training and records management system on the market today. We are also committed to providing the industry’s most reliable platform. That is why we have invested in the very best technology possible to ensure our system is fast and dependable.

System Reliability: TargetSolutions is proud of the fact our servers consistently exceed 99.9 percent uptime. We utilize top of the line equipment to ensure our database is sound and our customers are satisfied.

Responsive Development: TargetSolutions deploys a progressive management cycle enabling our talented engineers to stay ahead of the curve and quickly deliver applications that exceed our customers’ needs.

Disaster Recovery: TargetSolutions backup datacenter has been strategically positioned to secure our production infrastructure. If a natural disaster strikes, our customers will not experience an outage.

Enhanced Platform: TargetSolutions has revamped its online training and records management system. Our easy-to-use, intuitive platform features powerful tools for training and recordkeeping.

“TargetSolutions is committed to delivering cutting-edge applications that deliver the best technology solutions imaginable,” said TargetSolutions Vice President of Operations Alex Day. “We take great pride in providing our clients with a reliable system.”

What Clients Are Saying About TargetSolutions’ New and Improved Platform

After updating the TargetSolutions platform, we asked for client feedback to see what they think:
Ken Treffinger of Sarasota County Fire Department
“After seeing the new (TargetSolutions) platform, I was immediately impressed by the layout and the look that it presented. Actually, I believe my first word after seeing it was, ‘wow!’ The new platform offered by (TargetSolutions) is sleek, professional, and appears very user-friendly. I feel the new platform will make my job easier with its convenient layout and the ease of navigation it offers.”
Jackie Hulsey, database coordinator for Seminole County Fire/EMS Training Center
“I really like the new platform! The entire look and feel of the site is clean and organized. On the home page, listing everything that is coming due, including credentials, right up front is very helpful. I believe it has assisted lapsed memories of certain individuals on several occasions. Also, although the new notifications box is unobtrusive, the fact that it is more visible when highlighted and includes notifications for several additional items makes it an added benefit to our users.”
Kathy Edwards, training section lieutenant with Lake County Fire Rescue
“I was thrilled to start the new application when we did. It has been an upgrade in some areas. The largest area benefiting was the File Center. The ability to move my own files within the File Center has allowed for a cleaner, more organized site. As administrator to TargetSolutions, I have been able to rid our site of unnecessary items, delete unwanted items and/or non-training related items and organize our site to be more user-friendly. The new site makes it easier for users to see what is required of them, locate classes, and track their credentials.”
Stuart Sprung, training specialist for Oceanside Fire Department
“When TargetSolutions first came out and we started using it, it did not have the ability to do everything it does now. It was probably at 25 percent of how it is functioning now. It was really kind of a CE provider. The management aspect of it was in its infancy. But over time, it has become something we use extensively. Before TargetSolutions, training and recordkeeping was very cumbersome. We knew that for the firefighters to use TargetSolutions, it had to be easy or they would not use it. With TargetSolutions guys can now enter a full day’s worth of training reports in less than five minutes and that data is captured. Our guys have logged thousands more training hours than ever before ever since we implemented TargetSolutions.”
TargetSolutions welcomes client feedback to continue developing our platform.