Posted in Google Apps for Education, Green Schools, Paperless Schools

How to combine frevvo with Google Apps for Paperless Schools

Too much paper in schools

Many K-12 schools use Google Apps for Education – a suite that provides email, collaborative documents etc. School districts have hundreds of forms that can be digitized: Enrollments, Admissions, Emergency Contact Forms, Consent Forms and so on.

As a result, schools still use tons (literally 140 tons per year on average) of paper. That paper usage is not just inefficient, but goes against sustainability and environmental goals.

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Posted in Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets, Workflows

Advanced Form Analytics? Combine frevvo + Google Sheets

We’ve written a series of articles on how frevvo + Google Apps (Sheets, Drive, Maps) can work together to solve business problems. frevvo includes a built-in submission repository that saves all your form and workflow submissions. You can view this data, filter it, and export it using the Submissions Views available in Live Forms. But, you can also combine frevvo + Google Sheets and leverage some sophisticated capabilities that are part of Google Sheets (charts, queries, filters etc.) for powerful data analysis on your submission data.

Geo Location ChartHere’s an example form that you can try. It’s a simple one with a few fields. A survey form for participants in the 2014 World Cup Soccer tournament. The form adds your submission data to this Google Sheet and shows it. When you submit it, you’ll see your submission in the last row.

The spreadsheet also contains two other Tabs: Geo Location and Pie Chart. The Geo Location Tab runs a query on the raw submission data and groups submissions by country. The Sheets Query language is very general and allows SQL-like queries. Once we have the data by country in a nice tabular format, we can generate a nice chart that plots submissions by country on a world map. Easy as pie.

Pledge amount by positionThe Pie Chart Tab, as you might expect, contains a pie chart. It contains a very similar query except that it sums pledge amounts by country and by position. Once again, we have the required data in a table and can easily generate pie charts to report on the data.

In this way, you can easily use frevvo’s Google Connector to save your submissions to Google Sheets. Then, you can use a whole host of built-in features in Google Sheets to analyze your submissions.

Interested in using frevvo with Google Apps? Contact us to learn how you can automate your approval workflows, integrate with Google Apps to manage your documents and use some of Sheets capabilities for advanced reporting.

Posted in Forms, Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets

[Video] 05 ways you can use frevvo + Google Apps today

Customers are combining frevvo + Google Apps in many ways to solve real business problems, and to improve productivity and efficiency. We recently described “05 ways you can benefit from combining frevvo with Google Apps in your organization TODAY” in this recent e-Book. We’ve also created a short (3 min) video that describes the benefits of combining the two.

From dynamic pick lists to using Google Drive as a content repository to approval workflows, the combination just makes completing routine, day-to-day business tasks easier and faster.

It’s 2016! There’s simply no excuse for outdated, manual systems that cause delays, result in unhappy employees and wasted time and money. Visit our website to and see how customers are using frevvo today to improve efficiency and productivity.

Posted in Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets

Google Apps Issues this week “invalid_grant”

A customer reported that their frevvo forms integrated with Google Apps (Sheets, Drive) mysteriously stopped working on Monday. Yesterday our own frevvo Training Registration form which pulls back a list of available training classes from a Google Sheet suddenly failed to populate the class list dropdown from the sheet.

Our frevvo Cloud server log files contained Google “invalid_grant” errors. The Google oauth access token had mysteriously disappeared from the user’s Google Account. Your Google Account connected apps & sites page should look similar to this image below but instead showed that frevvo Live Forms App had gone missing.1-843To solve this, create a new Google frevvo app access token and then update all your forms/flows that used the old missing access token with the new token. This means updating both the Google Sheets frevvo wizard connections and any business rules which used the access token.

We do not yet know why Google automatically deleted the frevvo app access token in our customer’s Google Account or in our own Google Account. We are still investigating and have submitted a bug report with Google.

Posted in Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets

[eBook] -05- ways you can use frevvo + Google Apps today

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In previous articles, we’ve described the many ways you can combine frevvo + Google Apps to solve real business problems, improve productivity and efficiency and allow employees to focus on customers, students and patients instead of being bogged down in paperwork.

Download this new e-Book that describes “05 ways you can benefit from combining frevvo with Google Apps in your organization TODAY”.

From dynamic pick lists to using Google Drive as a content repository to approval workflows, the combination just makes completing routine, day-to-day business tasks easier and faster.

It’s 2016! There’s simply no excuse for outdated, manual systems that cause delays, result in unhappy employees and wasted time and money.

Learn more by visiting our website. Explore some of the examples, read customer success stories and contact us for more details.

Posted in Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets

[Video] frevvo + Google Apps

Several customers are combining frevvo + Google Apps in interesting and useful ways to solve real business problems. From electronic signatures to dynamic pick lists to using Google Drive as a content repository to approval workflows, the combination just makes completing routine, day-to-day business tasks easier.

Our infographics and other blog articles discuss how frevvo’s affordable, cloud-based workflow products work with Google Apps can improve efficiencies in these areas. We’ve also created a short (2 min) video below to show you the benefits of combining the two.

Interested in learning more? Visit our website to and see how customers are using frevvo today to improve efficiency and productivity.

Posted in Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets

[Infographic] frevvo + Google Apps

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Organizations use frevvo to digitize day-to-day approval workflows in the Cloud such as expense reports, purchase requisitions and employee on-boarding. These workflows generate documents that must be securely stored and managed somewhere – typically some sort of ECM (Enterprise Content Management) system.

Organizations (including frevvo Inc.) use Google Drive as a Cloud-based system to store and manage enterprise content and to collaborate on that content including both unstructured content such as videos, images, spreadsheets, & presentations and structured content such as invoices, sales orders, & expense reports.

The fit is obvious and natural. If your organization uses Google Apps, you can combine frevvo + Google Apps to solve real business problems, improve productivity and efficiency and allow employees to focus on customers, students and patients instead of being bogged down in paperwork.

Check out this new infographic on the benefits of e-forms and approval workflows with frevvo integrated with Google Apps.

From electronic signatures to dynamic pick lists to using Google Drive as a content repository to approval workflows, the combination just makes completing routine, day-to-day business tasks easier.

It’s 2016! There’s simply no excuse for outdated, manual systems that cause delays, result in unhappy employees and wasted time and money.

frevvo already has pre-built forms and workflows that can be customized in next to no time and deployed online. They can all be signed online, routed to the proper person electronically, used on mobile devices, delivered in multiple languages, generate PDFs, work with Google Apps and a whole host of advanced capabilities. There’s no need to deal with printing PDFs for signatures, correcting Excel-based time sheets, or tracking down approvals in email.

Learn more by visiting our website. Explore some of the examples, read customer success stories and contact us for more details.

Posted in Approval Process, Customers, Google for Work, Google Spreadsheets

[Customer Success Story] High Hopes frees up personnel to focus on participants

High HopesHigh Hopes, established in 1974, is a non profit, therapeutic horseback riding center. They serve individuals with disabilities through equine assisted activities, offer educational opportunities for professionals and rely on their volunteer corps for many administrative duties.

With a growing staff and significant volunteer corps, they were finding their paper-based processes (to track cancellations, volunteer inquiries, training and education candidates) to be cumbersome and wasteful.

“Now that we use frevvo regularly to manage our daily communication chains and workflows, it’s hard to imagine how we managed without it.” Megan Ellis, Volunteer Manager, High Hopes

They turned to frevvo’s cloud-based solutions to automate these. Using electronic forms and approval workflows that work with Google Spreadsheets, they’re saving time & money and, most important of all, they’ve freed up employees’ time so that that they can focus  on the participants they serve.

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Posted in Approval Process, Google for Work, Green Schools, Mobile, Paperless Schools, Workflows

10 reasons to digitize approvals in 2015

Stop using paperIt’s no secret that paper or Word/Excel-based processes still power day-to-day approvals at most schools and businesses. How the heck are we still discussing this in 2015? As business and society becomes increasingly mobile, digitizing approval workflows is more important than ever before. Beyond the usual save time & money, here are 10 reasons to digitize your approval processes:

  1. Streamline the routine stuff
    It may be a routine day-to-day process but delays can be costly and paper/email are lousy solutions. Passing paper around or chasing emails wastes time and inhibits collaboration – both major no-nos in today’s world.
  2. Simplify Email
    There’s a reason for the hundreds of to-do list apps in the App Store. We’re bombarded with hundreds of emails every day. It’s hard to keep track and easy to forget about getting to things that need doing. When managers forget, employees have to waste time chasing them down to figure out where the approval is.
  3. Get with the Mobile Age
    Smart phones are ubiquitous. Practically everyone has one and we all know how rapidly usage is growing. Ditch the paper/Excel and let busy parents, employees & customers handle approvals on their phones anytime and from anywhere. Make life easier for everyone.
  4. Enough with the printing
    Approvals usually require signatures. You can fill everything else online but chances are the PDF or Excel is physically printed solely for getting the Manager or CFO’s signature. Eliminate it with electronic signatures. There’s no excuse for that in 2015 – we all know there are too few trees. It’s easy to do your part.
  5. Facilitate Self Service
    Automated workflows allow 24×7 access from any device. Today, most people prefer to engage with organizations via the web rather than calling or coming to your office. For everything from school permissions to sales orders, paperless forms make life easier for your customers – another potential game-changing initiative.
  6. Tracking and accountability
    Digital approvals are easy to track with the click of a button or swipe of a finger. Stop making employees search through email or chase down paper forms to figure out where approvals are.
  7. Reduce Errors
    It’s easy to make mistakes like using an older version of a Word document or a calculation error or simply forgetting to fill out parts of the form. Then, someone has to manually get them fixed. Digital versions eliminate these unnecessary and wasteful errors.
  8. Business Intelligence
    Digital processes can be integrated with your other business systems and services. It can really improve efficiency by, for example, eliminating duplicate data entry. More important, integration can extract essential information and dramatically improve business intelligence and give you insights on how better to operate – a potential game-changer.
  9. Resilience
    The Cloud now provides unlimited, affordable storage and access from anywhere with redundancy and disaster recovery that cannot be matched by most organizations. Use it and you can stop worrying about fires and floods and the like and operate a resilient organization that focuses on customers.
  10. Go Green
    ‘Nuff said!

It’s 2015 – why are you still printing and scanning and emailing? Contact frevvo today and learn how you can start implementing these game-changers today.

Posted in Google Apps for Education, Green Schools, k-12, Paperless Schools

[Webinar] E-consent for parents redux

This is a repeat of the webinar of December 10 in case you missed it. We’ve made a few improvements based on attendee feedback and look forward to an even better event. Join Nancy on this 45 min session to see how you can start implementing electronic consent in your school today.

E-Consent for parentsSchools routinely send paper permission slips and consent forms home for signatures. Busy parents routinely forget to sign them and send them in with their kids. And, teachers routinely chase down missing signatures or are forced to make disappointed students miss out. In today’s day and age with ubiquitous smart phones, it’s an insane waste of time and resources.

With cloud-based E-Consent from frevvo, parents can view and sign electronically anytime, anywhere from any device. It’s amazingly simple and affordable.

Webinar Details
Date: Wednesday, January 14
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Duration: 45 minutes (including Q&A)
Speaker: Nancy Esposito (frevvo)

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