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Salesforce and Cohesion - The Power of Us

Posted by John Owens, President and CEO

Nov 14, 2014 4:23:45 PM

Learn how Cohesion partnered with the Dragonfly Foundation to leverage technology. Using Salesforce they are able to focus more energy on bringing joy to children and young adults enduring cancer and bone marrow transplants.




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Topics: technology, leadership, Cloud, salesforce and non profits,, Non-Profits Revolutionizes the Way Non Profits Connect

Posted by Cohesion

Apr 17, 2014 12:24:00 PM

In the competitive space of non-profit funding, your organization needs credibility and results to secure donors and continue your mission. Responding quickly to contacts—with accurate and consistent messaging, understanding your constituent base at deeper levels, and arming your team with a technical solution that drives revenue, can make the difference you are looking for in your bottom line in 2014. Cohesion partners with non profits to create positive change with
Tapping into her resources and network at Salesforce, her experience as a 501(c)3 Manager, and a belief in using technology to build our communities, Cohesion Salesforce Lead, Jennifer Alvis, hosts a custom live demo (per request) to show you the power of using 1 cloud based platform to run your business. 
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Topics: salesforce and non profits Eliminates Technical Chaos for Consultants

Posted by Cohesion

Apr 10, 2014 12:21:00 PM


Consulting is synonymous with a stacked calendar of high priorities, complex problems requiring sophisticated solutions, and a drive to push the envelope further for the client. One way to free your consultants to do their best thinking is to eliminate TIME SUCKERS (that's the technical term) requiring their attention— tasks like:

  • locating accurate client account information
  • integrating new team members into a project
  • logging time and tracking expenses
  • tracking performance against goals
  • reporting metrics
  • generating schedules and tasks aggregates disparate systems that currently make up a majority of small to large business technical infrastructure at the expense of user productivity, business continuity, and ROI. When an organization migrates to 1 platform to deliver business critical software, applications, and services, consultants reap direct benefit of time delivered back into their real day and the business benefits from dramatic cost savings because of the cloud delivery channel.

Salesforce1 becomes a strategic technical asset to empower consulting teams to new levels of creativity, teamwork, and operational efficiency.

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Cohesion Agile Bootcamp Connects Training to ROI

Posted by Cohesion Training Group

Apr 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM



People require three ingredients to learn new skills: environment, motivation, and resources. The Cohesion Agile Bootcamp recently picked up a brand new swagger. If you provide the internal motivation, then Cohesion is bringing the Agile Coach and a kicking learning environment to your corporate campus.

The Cohesion Agile Bootcamp is based on interactive discussion, activity, and collaboration. We reinvented how we train Agile fundamentals by re-imagining the way students learn Agile and we built a class we would want to take and recommend to friends.


Every activity produces value beyond the classroom. Students use their real account projects as source material, we integrate videos and relevant resources, and we dialed up the pace to deliver a high energy, high impact experience. Graduates walk away with enough experience to be an Agile team member in their environment. If you're looking for a strong connection between training and ROI, you can see it in the way people are performing their jobs after this bootcamp. 


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The Downside to Collaboration and How to Avoid It

Posted by Cohesion

Apr 1, 2014 10:46:00 AM


Collaboration has a down-side? Sure, and some of the biggest companies in the world have experienced it.

There are two classic failures when it comes to collaboration; under-collaboration and over-collaboration.

Under-collaboration is an obvious risk, given the huge benefits and payoff on innovation and knowledge sharing.

  • 54% of employees find their best ideas by working through concepts with colleagues (Harvard Business Review)
  • there is a 25% increase in efficiency when social collaboration tools are used in the workplace (McKinsey)
  • 97% of businesses, using social collaborative tools, serve more clients with higher efficiency (ICE3)

Over-collaboration is just as detrimental to the bottom line. Take BP for example– the oil magnate emphasized collaboration so much, that it negatively impacted decision making and accountability, "... increasingly, we found that people were flying around the world and simply sharing ideas without always having a strong focus on the bottom line." said CIO John Leggate.

The lesson here is that people will always find good reasons to talk to each other and share ideas, but translating that into good business requires more. Tools like Cohesion Enterprise Agile, and technologies like, provide the structure to foster healthy collaboration. Results from collaboration are inspected, measured, and put into action quickly. Using the right tools and methods will empower your team and prevent the pitfall of overly-consensus driven groups who are slow to produce, lack control, and make poor decisions (we were just wondering who owned the decision for the ATM shown above).

Getting collaboration Right, Hansesn and Ibarra (HBR) | image by,


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