An all-in-one software that looks after everything from managing your entrants to handling the judging part and form submissions. It lets you design your own uncomplicated submission form with its form builder. A judging platform that is integrated with the entire award software makes selecting the winners easier. The Awards Website Builder from OpenWater Awards helps your website realise its true potential at every stage of the awards process and also ensures that your website gains optimum publicity from it. Its Revenue Engine tool helps you gain revenue throughout the award cycle, so that even if you don’t make up for the cost of the process through entry fees, you’re never at loss.
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The best aspect of OpenWater is definitely the customer service. There are people who are always on hand to answer any question or issue you might have. In addition, OpenWater is very intuitive and easy to use.
If you have very specific criteria you are trying to fulfill, it could be tricky trying to set up OpenWater.
We are using OpenWater to receive applications for a competitive leadership program. The greatest benefit is ease of access to all data and the high level of security that comes with this program.
Flexibility when setting up forms and email contact automation features.
Some things are not intuitive. Cannot apply bulk commands in every view.
Price points are more inclusive than other similar products. Not forced into a higher price point to get one or two features offered there.
The account rep assigned to us was very responsive by getting back to me quickly and customized solutions for our needs.
Took our grant application online after 25 years of using strictly paper applications filled out in various formats (Word doc, PDF, by hand).
Typically, applications would arrive in bulk the week before the deadline requiring a great amount of processing to get the applications ready for the grant review team which meets soon after the deadline.
This is our first grant cycle using the electronic process. I can now "peek" at applications in progress and email applicants through the platform. I can track email communications.
The application will automatically be assigned an ID number that will appear on every page of the application. The "blind" pages can be downloaded into a PDF format for printing hard copies to use during the group grant review process.
The electronic process will alleviate much of the tedious processing necessary before applications can be submitted to the judges for review. It will also lend a uniform look to the application which.
Applicants will be able to establish an account, create and save applications until they are ready to finalize and submit.
We are not judging the applications online until we work out the bugs with the electronic submissions. We are very pleased so far.
Extremely functional and easy to use, set up is quick and can be done in less than a day (even for a detailed program like our own).
Excel budget options are not available, it would make the budget abilities within the grant application so much easier. Maybe they will add it later??
Consider your needs, write them down, when talking to the OpenWater sales staff skip the sales pitch and ask them exactly what you need. Describe your work flow and see if OpenWater meets your needs.
Primarily used for grants management for incoming grants that are given out by our organization. This program has not only digitized our abilities, it has made us more accessable to our applicants, more organized, gives us robust data about our program, and allows us to access to historical information and applications. Everything we always needed all in one place and easy to use.
I've been using OpenWater since the beginning of the Year, my company has been using about a year. I also became a Master User in order to facilitate grant applications for four different programs. The company does not use OpenWater for all of it's possible capabilities, particularly scheduling and assessing conference sessions. It's typically used for application processes, and we don't even collect payment on the platform. There are so many ways that Open Water can be used, and the individual secure home-pages is a huge benefit of the platform. Overall, the responses I've gotten from customer service have been wonderful, though I am a SuperUser so I don't know what the general response is like. I have been able to master the basics of the platform pretty easily.
Some of its more rudimentary details, like moving and editing pre-fixed text make it difficult to use the platform for the different uses within the company.
Would recommend selecting an appropriate Super User who will be able to master the platform basics.
We've been able to use open water in multiple different application review processes for both grants and peer nominated awards. The platform has helped to streamline our Grant Applications, we were able to move from accepting applications in email attachments, to a comprehensive review platform for judges and blinded application process.
User interface is very intuitive and easy for entrants and judges to use. Has allowed us to streamline our awards program by transitioning them to the OpenWater platform. It is also nice to be able to customize and build our own programs.
There are some limitations on reporting and making judging assignments. There is no quick way to assign multiple judges half of a category without splitting into subcategories.
We were able to save staff time and improve the entrant and judge experience by transitioning several awards programs to OpenWater.It eliminated the need for manual submissions. Our judges have praised the system for being easy to use.
It's straightforward to use. I had very few users come to me with tech questions. When I need to learn or solve something, Cody (our designated tech at OW) gets us answers fast.
The canned reports are very limited and I haven't really had time to learn how to create custom reports yet.
We consolidated a lot of different vendors by switching to OpenWater, so that saves money with an enterprise package. That also means fewer platforms to learn, which saves our in-house administrators time.
The user experience, super easy to navigate the system.
The lack of customization abilities. I would like to use more color and more branding opportunities.
Easy and convenience of running an awards program. Management of nominees and information.
I loved how we were able to take a very complicated award process and make it so much easier. The staff was with us every step of the way and turned our dreams into reality!
I would say the only dislike is not having more time included for customization.
If you are looking to save time, this is the time to consider OpenWater.
As I said in earlier, we had a really complicated process that OpenWater made much easier and its been such a timesaver.
This can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be. The settings and ability to really customize your program are endless. New features are being added and improved all the time.
Sometimes terms are very technical and maybe not as easy to understand for the common user.
End user experience has improved ten fold. Ability to easily accept payments and have proper receipts tied to an account is amazing.
The customer support is excellent. They offer walk through meetings and step by step instructions via email.
Some terms on the portal are not intuitive. This is likely because we are using the system for conferences rather than awards and grants.
Still fairly new to the system so cannot answer