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Netsmart FUTURES- Week Ten

We can’t believe the summer is already coming to and end. The past ten weeks with our FUTURES have flown by! This week, our Great River and Overland Park FUTURES presented their summer projects to their mentors, managers and the entire Netsmart Executive Cabinet during the FUTURES Strut. They spent countless hours brainstorming, filming, editing and scripting in preparation for this event. This week, Dalton, Meghan and John reflect on their summer at Netsmart and the FUTURES program as a whole.

Dalton Bush: Internal IT FUTURE

Throughout this summer, we as FUTURES have been asked to complete many different tasks. From our own individual projects and work in our different departments, to preparing a presentation for the entire company to see; we have been challenged. In my personal opinion, writing this blog is the most challenging of all tasks during the summer. The reason I say this is challenging is not because I cannot find a topic to write about. I could explain what I have done all summer, along with our FUTURES strut presentations. However, I would rather talk about the meaning of this FUTURES program. Explaining what the FUTURES program means to us is what I find to be the most challenging task of the summer.

I simply do not believe this is something that can be explained in a few paragraphs. The opportunity and knowledge that we gain as FUTURES from this summer is very difficult to put into words. For some of us, this is our first chance at an internship, and I must say what a company to learn from. Our goal over these ten weeks is to gain as much knowledge as we can and improve our understanding of the work field we intend to dive into. The knowledge and experience I have gained within the Internal IT department this summer is priceless. I began the summer with a summer’s worth of experience, but I feel I will be leaving with much more than that because of how much I have learned these past ten weeks.

The great thing about being a FUTURE at Netsmart is that the tasks we work on are not scrapped to never be thought about again. Our work is meaningful and benefits this company in one way or another. We are treated just as other associates are, and we have the opportunity to complete the same work alongside of them. For some of us, working on meaningful work gives us an extreme amount of experience. In my degree of IT, the best way to learn is to do. I’ve been able to experience and troubleshoot issues firsthand thanks to Netsmart, and I have gained valuable knowledge that interns at other companies do not ever get a chance to learn. As FUTURES of Netsmart, we are given opportunities that we simply would not have if we were anywhere else.

The opportunity of being a FUTURE at Netsmart is not something any of us take for granted. I know I can speak for every 2016 FUTURE when I say we are truly honored to be here. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for us to be able to further ourselves toward becoming successful adults. Thanks to Netsmart, we have been able to experience things that would not have been the same anywhere else. Netsmart FUTURES are supposed to feel like the future of this company, and it is easy to, with the great opportunities that we are given. Thank you to everyone who has assisted in the FUTURES program and helped us learn throughout the summer.

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During the Strut, the FUTURES played videos showcasing their knowledge of Netsmart before and after their ten week program. The videos covered topics like Netsmart solutions, the EDM Foundation, and their expectations for the program this summer.

Meghan Gordon: Marketing FUTURE

This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working in Netsmart’s marketing department with an amazing team of individuals. I can honestly say I’ve learned more this summer than I could’ve ever hoped for. Coming into this internship, I had no idea what to expect, but was excited to begin working.

I quickly learned that Netsmart isn’t the type of place that gives its interns busy work. Instead, I hit the ground running, working on real projects that the company actually used. In my first week alone, I’d designed table tents, monitor graphics, and posters for the Netsmart 3.0 Town Hall and a Public Health Summit.

My role as a Marketing FUTURE was wide-ranging, allowing me to explore a number of my interests. One day, I’d be designing signage for an event, and the next I’d be reviewing the viability our Success Stories or editing NetsmartLife blog content.

This week, our entire FUTURES class has spent a lot of time preparing for the FUTURES Strut. Tomorrow, all thirty-one FUTURES will gather to present our work. Not many companies are willing to clear an entire afternoon so the company, including our Executives, could learn about the impact the FUTURES have had on Netsmart this summer. The Strut really reinforces the idea that Netsmart cares about the work its FUTURES do.

Thank you, Netsmart for this amazing opportunity to learn and grow my skills. Lastly, I would like to thank my mentor, Laura Schoonover, and the entire Marketing Department for welcoming me into the Netsmart Family and making these past ten weeks unforgettable.

John Poorman: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

The past ten weeks have been a great experience for me in terms of learning about Netsmart as a career choice. This has been my first internship, and it’s exceeded all my expectations. I have grown as an individual throughout the course of this summer. I’ve gotten real-world experience in a professional environment that has about a million different moving parts, all of which contribute to Netsmart being the leader in their industry. This has helped me develop my communication and time management skills greatly. I have worked on a couple different projects since completing my training and have been preparing for our Futures Strut. Throughout these projects, I feel that I have been able to keep my priorities in line and stay productive.

I jumped around to a couple of different teams until I ended up working with Morgan Meyer, Nick Butler and fellow FUTURE, Santosh Dandi, on the Centers team.  As a group, we have put together documentation over the implementation of add-ons in Avatar and Evolv (I have personally only worked on the Avatar side). These documents are beneficial to associates because it gives them a guide over their implementation. It leads them through the process from pre-kick-off all the way through Go Live. These documents will also help answer any questions the Netsmart associate may have, as well as questions the client may have.

The thing that stuck out to me the most this summer was our Mental Health First Aid Certification EDM Day. I’ll be able to apply the information I learned in that class throughout my life in order to help others. A couple days ago, an email went out offering associates the opportunity to attend the class. I highly recommend signing up!

I am very thankful for the opportunity to work at Netsmart. I have absolutely loved how welcoming and friendly the associates and other FUTURES have been over the past ten weeks. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me grow as an individual. I cannot wait to share my experience with others!

Netsmart FUTURES- Week Nine

The past week was a busy one for our FUTURES. On Tuesday, they had their first full run-through for next week’s FUTURES strut. Their Wednesday was also jam-packed. First, they attended a Lunch & Learn with Amanda Solon, where they learned about Connections 2016 and regional exchanges. Later, a group of FUTURES participated in a dodgeball tournament with other local interns. This week, Collin, Derek and Jordan discuss their Netsmart FUTURES experience.

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FUTURES take a break from work to participate in some friendly competition at Lexmark’s intern dodgeball tournament. The event took place on Wednesday, August 3 at Lexmark in Lenexa, KS.

Collin Duddy: Cloud Systems Engineer FUTURE

From week one to now, a lot has changed for me. I walked in to Netsmart having no idea what to expect for my first internship in college, and I was pleasantly surprised. Since day one, I’ve felt like a key part within my department. Throughout the past nine weeks, I’ve had numerous opportunities to participate in the everyday life of a NOC member. I’ve had a monitoring shift where I watched our hosted clients’ servers for alerts.  I’ve been tasked with updating and editing all hosted clients’ site sheets. I’ve researched various modules within the company and presented them to my department. I’ve also screen shared with multiple internal people for troubleshooting needs on domain access. All of these things have vastly expanded my knowledge into the networking side of computer engineering.

During these past nine weeks, I’ve been extremely busy outside of Netsmart as well. When I wasn’t working here, at my other job, or looking for a house, I was taking part in all the FUTURES events that I could. In fact, yesterday a few of the interns attended Lexmark’s local intern dodgeball tournament. Although we didn’t win, and I was absolutely awful, we made it to the semifinals and had a lot of fun! All in all, these past nine weeks have been an incredible experience for me, and I wouldn’t trade the knowledge I’ve gained for anything.

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FUTURE, Collin Duddy, is hard at work on a project for the Cloud Systems team. Duddy has spent the past nine weeks working as part of the Cloud Systems team.

Derek Cox: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

It’s week nine already? The summer has FLOWN by! The best part of it all? I got a new understanding of what a technology company actually does on the daily. Netsmart has shown that you can have fun in the workplace while also making a major positive impact on the lives of others.

Being a FUTURE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career and has provided me a great step forward in the professional world. Being able to get up early every morning looking forward to what can be accomplished is something a lot of people don’t experience. I am lucky to experience that in an internship program that is geared towards the future.

The typical internship program seems to only look at the now, and gives busy work to their employees. I have found it so eye-opening that a company has taken the time to tailor the FUTURES program to not only include actual work with the client, but meaningful work for the company. I’ve never felt like what I was doing was going to be trashed at the end of the summer- and that matters. They call these things three-month-long interviews and it seems that most companies forget that an interview goes both ways. Thankfully, Netsmart has a team that understands this concept.

I will quickly note that my five weeks of training has proved very useful to the work I have been tasked with this summer. On my second day of work, I met with a client that is part of the OneTeam Cornerstones Project. I got the chance to direct the meeting over how we would be helping them do data entry and what support would be offered to them. Directly negotiating work load on a project with a real client as a FUTURE was a ton of fun. Once that was done we had to ensure everything was entered and ready for Go LIVE. I have never had to field so many e-mails and phone calls in such a short time before, but I was fully prepared to answer the questions that happened, thanks to the trainers that got us going through the first five weeks.

I am currently on site at Spofford doing Avatar support for Cornerstones Go LIVE. This will be my last week on this project and it is sort of bittersweet. I’m ready to go back to Manhattan and start fall semester, but I will definitely miss the work that has been done here. Being on-site gives you a different perspective on how our products can make a dramatic impact on healthcare. When you see kids filling up the lunch line knowing that they will have a more effective system in place to get the care they deserve, it’s a powerful motivator.

In closing, I would like to thank Netsmart for a phenomenal opportunity to make my summer meaningful. Thanks to the team I have been working with for a majority of my time. Latessa Baquet, Jacob Vos, and Lauren Allen have fielded some complete newbie questions with solid answers and have been fantastic representatives of what this company stands for. Thanks again for the awesome 2016 summer!

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Consulting FUTURES, Chante Thompson, Derek Cox and Morgan Pehlman take a break from work to play Topgolf. This was one of many events our FUTURES participated in this summer.

Jordan Harper: Software Engineer FUTURE

One of my first thoughts when coming into this internship was how easy it was going to be since I already knew Java and HTML. After setting up my environment and receiving my first project, I realized my knowledge of Java and HTML was nothing compared to what was required. In school and past work experience, I was taught to code in a certain way. After coming here I was shown different ways to apply what I knew. This is where my team really came through for me. I felt accepted into the team day one. Everyone was willing to help me with whatever questions I had.

It is now week nine and we are slowly wrapping up the FUTURES program.   This week, the Engineering FUTURES had the opportunity to play bubble soccer with their mentors and Jonny Larson.  It was a great opportunity to get away from our desks and do some physical activity.  Everyone had a great time and got to let out a little bit of aggression in a safe way.

During this internship, I was not only able to work hard and mesh with my team, but also spend time getting to know and enjoy my time here with other FUTURES.  I had the chance to make some great friends that I hang out with almost every day after work.  I believe that some of these friendships will last a lifetime.

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The Engineering FUTURES play bubble soccer during a work outing. Their mentors and Jonny Larson, Senior Director of Engineering, participated as well.

Netsmart FUTURES- Week Eight

Week eight of the FUTURES program is wrapping up and our FUTURES are hard at work in preparation for their upcoming “Strut” presentation. This week, our Great River FUTURES participated in an EDM Day. On Wednesday, the FUTURES also had a chance to sit down with the Netsmart Executive Cabinet during a Q&A panel, where they learned a lot about Netsmart, its values and its corporate culture. This week, Ameer, Shelby, Skyler and Chante discuss their Netsmart experience thus far.

Ameer Malik: Software Engineer FUTURE

Netsmart Technologies has given me quite a memorable summer. For the past eight weeks I have been working side-by-side on two projects. One of which will impact clients using the Avatar platform, and one which I have been working on alongside three team members will be used internally to schedule mobile meetings on a daily basis. Both projects have given me the opportunity to utilize the skills I’ve learned in the past three years from Java development to Project Management.

The team projects as well as the individual projects were organized in such a manner where I was able to work independently to develop a fully functioning utility that will be useful to our clients. Ashley DeMond and Cathy Mirabella, along with the rest of Netsmart Technologies, have done an excellent job organizing the program as well as having events to ensure our time in Great River was enjoyable. From lunch on our first day at an oyster bar to Coding at the beach, thank you for your organization and hard work!

Our EDM event in the Bronx this week was a great success. We had 12 volunteers at one of the Jewish Board’s programs, the Bronx REAL PROs to help clients with career building exercises as well as working on community projects to beautify the area around the facility. It was a privilege to get a tour of the facility and interact with clients and hear their stories and see first-hand how our software helps make a difference in someone’s life. Additionally, we spent time talking to the leaders of the program to assess how we can better serve them in our software and volunteering efforts. Overall the Netsmart program has helped me build and excel on skills taught to me in the classroom setting and has helped me grow by introducing me to new technologies used in the industry today.

Lastly, I would like to thank my mentors, Jeff Satterley and Russ Plitt, for giving me this opportunity and for their countless hours of assistance during these ten weeks and my Avatar team for making these ten short weeks feel like home. Thank you!

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On Thursday, July 28, our Great River FUTURES participated in an EDM Day in the Bronx.

Shelby Slocum: Business Development Representative FUTURE

The entirety of the Netsmart FUTURE Program has been nothing short of heuristic. There’s been a considerable transformation with the entire FUTURES group. I came to Netsmart with a knowledge basis strictly in acute care; I now find myself holding conversations on a daily basis about behavioral health and the changes that need to happen in that particular space.

Alluding to sales, I had no idea where to even begin to build a basis around the idea. My manager, Bryan, and the team have completely turned those thoughts around. I had the opportunity to take the “tour of Missouri” with Levi Hunter and Bryan Backenstoss to shadow and conduct discovery sessions with potential clients for four days. Inevitably, I picked up the business and sales lingo in the first couple days on the trip. Obviously, there is always more learning to do, but I’m unsure that I would’ve been provided with this extent of knowledge and experiences in any other organization. It didn’t stop there.

This last week was “Sync Week.” Just when I thought I had touched on the basis of sales and behavioral health, I was proved wrong. Watching all of the client development teams present their previous quarter activities truly motivated me. These associates have drive. I was able to see the numerous sales strategies these people have developed and continue to develop overtime in order to continue the success of Netsmart and their career.

Enough about work, the FUTURE Program has provided many friendships that will last a lifetime. We started out only attending formal events that were put on by Netsmart, but now, we are all eager to plan informal events each week. Living with all of the other FUTURES in the apartment complex has really pushed those friendships, and for that, we are all fortunate.

Netsmart has created a phenomenal program; keep doing what you’re doing.

Skyler Tangney-Centor: Software Engineer FUTURE

Here we are, the home stretch of the summer.  Its week eight of the FUTURES program and I can’t believe it’s almost over already.  It seems like just yesterday that I was in Kansas with the other FUTURES from Great River, and now we are getting ready to head back to wrap things up.  This summer has been one that I will never forget and on top of that, it has probably been the most useful summer I have had to date.

I was not expecting to be lucky enough to have an internship this summer, let alone one that has taught me so much.  I realize now how lucky I am to not only get an internship, but to be a part of a program like this one.  Coming into this job I had no idea what to expect. Actually, the only thing I did expect was that I would be pretty useless and the “work” that I would be doing would be meaningless and never looked at again.  I could not have been more wrong.

Since day one, I have been treated like a member of the Netsmart family and not just in the way of pleasantries.  At first I thought everyone was crazy for trusting me with the work I was doing, what if I broke something or deleted code on accident, but no one else seemed to be worried that I was going to make a mistake.  This atmosphere made it very easy to ask questions when I felt confused and actually produce code and solutions to real world problems that our clients were facing.

I hit the ground running on my first day back in New York.  Prior to starting work, my mentor sent me some information on the projects I would be working on so I could brush up my skills.  So I came in ready to work with our databases and write some queries, but my mentor informed me that there was a wee bit of a “fire” that needed to be put out and that was my real first project.  I was a little worried because I hadn’t done anything with web services prior to this and hadn’t really learned how to use them in the weeks prior.  My mentor was very helpful and got me on track and helped me find the proper resources to be successful.  Since then I’ve been working with the Guardiant team as well as developing a mobile application to book rooms with the other FUTURES.

Living in Long Island is a lot different than upstate New York.  Our house is right next to the beach, so after work we can step out our front door and into the sand.  The beach is nice and taking work to the beach was very interesting.  It was fun to get out of the office and hang out and get to know everyone and everyone had a nice afternoon.  My laptop is still a little sandy and sunburnt however.

Aside from the beach we recently had our EDM day at the Bronx Real program.  We went out to the Bronx for the day and volunteered at workshops.  I helped with some mock interviews and we also helped on a beautification project and mulched some trees outside the building.  The whole day was a great experience.  It was interesting to see the programs that were offered and that they were completing in the community.   It was also nice to hear how one of our clients actually uses the software we provide and get feedback on how they like it.  It has been a great summer and I look forward to the rest of it.

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Our Great River FUTURES take their work to the beach in Long Island.

Chante Thompson: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

Week eight already, huh? Time has flown by and I would not trade this summer for anything. In this short amount of time I have accomplished so much and seen my fellow FUTURES peers grow with me. The FUTURES program from the Consulting side started with 5 weeks of intense training so that we could get exposed to anything and everything that we needed to know. After completing training we ventured our way into our perspective floors and found our homes at our desks.

Post training I was assigned to work on a project with Samara Nash and many others. It has been an adventure so far. I am working on a variety of things for the team and being exposed to a ton. This week alone I am working on documentation for End User training. I love that I am given this opportunity. I know the outcome of the hard work is going to be rewarding sooner than later. Just the thought of my work being used not only in the near future gives me chills but the fact that it is going to be used soon is an overwhelming feeling. I am excited to continue working with the team and offering as much as I can before my time is up.

Along with working with my team, I am currently working with my fellow peers on our presentation for our Strut presentation. Everything is coming along nicely and it has been a pleasure to come together as one to collaborate and make this a Strut to remember.

I have enjoyed the journey through the FUTURES program and have nothing but positive things to say. I have felt so welcomed by everyone in the company and they have spoiled us to death. I would say my biggest worry before my first day was just being another number in a company’s system. But I have been blown away about how untrue it is with Netsmart. I can walk up to anyone and they strike up a conversation. Or I can go up to anyone for help and they make the time to clear anything up for me. You do not find that a lot of places, so thankful to be put in that kind of environment. I have developed a new family.

I cannot wait to take everything that I have learn to Kansas State University. I have so much I have gained that I want to share with others.

Netsmart FUTURES- Week Six

Week six is here and between working and preparing for the upcoming FUTURES strut, our FUTURES are keeping busy. This week, Shaina, Austin and Jordan reflect on their experiences with the FUTURES program.

Shaina Bachelani: Finance FUTURE

The summer at Netsmart has been flying by for the FUTURES. It’s hard to believe we’re already on week six! We’ve all been pretty busy, but it’s been fun and definitely a good learning experience. As a Finance FUTURE, I’ve been working on a variety of projects. The biggest one has been analyzing expenses that have been incurred since January to see which vendors we spend the most with, as well as which departments those expenses come from. Some other projects that I’ve been working on have been looking at how the number of clients has changed by region from January of this year to now, and which of Netsmart’s products each region uses the most.

These past few weeks have been an awesome experience. I’ve learned so much and gotten to know some amazing people both on the finance and FUTURES teams. I can’t wait to see what these next few weeks have in store for us!

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This week’s contributors, Shaina, Austin and Jordan, discuss the upcoming FUTURES strut, which will take place during their tenth and final week at Netsmart.

Austin Davis: Software Engineer FUTURE

Week six is here!  We’ve come so far in such a short time.  On Saturday there was R.Y.A.N.,  which was an event that promoted suicide awareness and prevention.  It was such a great opportunity to hear the speakers tell their stories and raise awareness for such a great cause!  You never know what other people are going through, and one of the event’s big messages was to remember that you are always needed.  It was inspiring to see all the jerseys, which had Ryan’s name and team number, 5, on them.

I feel like the FUTURES this year have such a great, uplifting attitude and we’ve been able to grow as a team over the past six weeks.  Netsmart has not only given us opportunities to grow in our skills with our jobs, but also to come together as a cause connected team through all the different events we get to participate in.  Even during meetings with the engineers, we connect how our individual projects contribute to our clients, which I find exciting!

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FUTURES work Netsmart’s EDM Foundation table during the R.Y.A.N. soccer tournament on Saturday, July 9 at the Olathe District Activity Center.

Jordan Erisman: Software Engineer FUTURE

The FUTURES program is past the halfway point, and I could not have asked for a better experience. As my first internship, I was nervous coming into the program. However, my mentor and team members have been extremely helpful. They have been more than willing to answer all of my questions and concerns. As a result, I have learned more than I thought possible in the last six weeks.

For the first five weeks, my project was to extract data from CareManager, which will later be used to predict patients’ risks for various medical conditions. For the remainder of the summer, I will be working on front-end web development. I am fortunate to get such a wide variety of meaningful work in the short, ten week program.

Along with projects for my team, the FUTURES have been working on a project to present at the end of the program in August. We have been making videos to display the daily lives of the Netsmart FUTURES, and how the work we are doing impacts the lives of our clients.

Aside from work, there have been several events for the FUTURES that have kept me busy. From Top Golf to weekly ultimate frisbee matches, there is always an opportunity to connect with other interns and associates from Netsmart. I have met some amazing people, and developed friendships here that will last a lifetime.

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On Saturday, July 9, a group of FUTURES attend the R.Y.A.N. soccer tournament at the Olathe District Activity Center. The tournament promoted suicide prevention and awareness.

Netsmart FUTURES- Week Five

This week marks the halfway point of our FUTURES program. We can’t believe how quickly our time with them is flying by and can’t wait to see what they accomplish over the next five weeks! This week, Dominik, Santosh and Reagan discuss their fifth week at Netsmart.

Dominik Haeflinger: Software Engineer FUTURE

The rest of the FUTURES and I have reached the midpoint of our summer here at Netsmart. The first half was very busy for me! With two projects completed, a bit of clerical work done, and a new project underway, I have learned an incredible amount. I’ve been working closely with a few of my co-workers on those projects and look forward to working with others as well throughout the next five weeks.

With the 4th of July on Monday, a new project starting on Tuesday, and the reality that we need to start working quickly on the FUTURES videos sinking in, the short week has gone by quickly with little downtime.

Although slow, I’m making progress on my current project and I know that there is already another one ready for me when I’m done with this one. With all the projects I still have left and helping with the videos for the FUTURES strut, I’m very excited for what is left and finding out how much more I can get done and learn in the last half of the summer.

Santosh Dandi: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

I am currently sitting at my kitchen table with only one thought in my mind. What happened in the last five weeks? Ever since I was given the opportunity to be a FUTURE at Netsmart, I haven’t stopped having fun. I have been constantly keeping myself busy, either training or enjoying what Kansas City has to offer. I’ve been truly blessed with the friends I’ve been able to make here. Friends I will never forget. There is really only one word I can use to describe my time here so far: adventure. That is what the Netsmart FUTURES program gave me, an adventure. In the next couple of paragraphs, I hope to give you a glimpse of my experience at Netsmart.

I have to be honest, starting out I was pretty nervous about this internship. I didn’t know what to expect. I really have to thank Ashley DeMond. She had the FUTURES get together on the first day and created an environment where I felt comfortable. I really enjoyed the Chick-fil-A that was provided, and it led to my first nickname, “fruit cup.” If you want the story on this, come talk to me. A couple days later, we had the kick-off party. My favorite memory here was the “talk to someone random every couple minutes” activity. This not only gave me the opportunity to introduce myself, but also to find out more about the people that are part of this awesome culture. I got to understand what it means to work at Netsmart. It was all about caring for people in any way, shape, or form. This is what I want to be part of.

Outside of Netsmart, the FUTURES have gotten together to do some exciting stuff, my favorite part was this past Monday. We decided to go watch the fireworks. The finale had me staring in awe. I am glad I got to share this with the FUTURES. My favorite part of everyday has been hanging out in the café at the end of the day trying to figure out what we were going to do that night. It usually ends up with us spending an hour in the café, not being able to make a decision. One of my most memorable memories is hanging out in a truck bed outside of Arby’s. We all went around and were able to share some great stories about each other.

I have spent so much time in Synergy C, that I now receive my mail here. Part of being a Delivery Analyst FUTURE, consists of training for five weeks. Week Three, we had PM training with Elaine, which I thought was challenging. I am the type of person that loves a challenge, so I found this to be very exciting. Week Four, we had a very fun training with Bradlee Ward. This week, we were given a choice between PM or CWS training. I was sad to see most of the new Consulting hires and a couple Consulting FUTURES head over to Synergy B. This meant that training was coming to an end. I’ve got to say, the Consulting FUTURES have been an awesome group to hang out with these past five weeks. I am looking forward to the next five weeks and hope they are as fun as the previous five.

Reagan Wood: Software Engineer FUTURE

This week marks the halfway point for the FUTURES program this summer. It is hard to believe that five weeks have already gone by! With work projects, numerous FUTURES activities, and lots of foosball, my time has been stretched thin. As a result, I would like to take the next few paragraphs to reflect on the first half of my Netsmart FUTURES experience and mention what I want to learn during the next five weeks.

Before starting as a FUTURE, I was excited and nervous about starting work. Excited because I knew I had so much to learn about software engineering, and also nervous because I wanted to rise to the challenge and succeed as a FUTURE. All school year I had been waiting for the chance to learn what real software development was like in the professional world, and I knew this experience would be a great opportunity to do just that.

My first few weeks as a FUTURE were great. I was placed on the myEvolv team. With a lot of work to do and meaningful projects, I was excited to get started. Things were tough at first, getting up to speed with the necessary information to be successful on my project was difficult. The good part was that my mentor, Brett Merriam, was always able to provide direction when I needed it. With his help, I was able to get going on my project and make some progress on it.

My project for the beginning of the summer was to integrate signing tablets into the myEvolv system. This would make it easier for clients to electronically sign documents, making their lives easier, and saving lots of paper in the process. The project has given me the opportunity to work with a lot of associates on the myEvolv team, and they have been nothing but helpful and supportive. I have learned so much about professional engineering, and what it means to be part of the Netsmart team!

Looking to the future, I want to keep learning more about software engineering and myEvolv. Additionally, I want to successfully complete my project within the next week and hopefully move on to other important things that need to be finished. My final goal for the summer is to beat my mentor in a game of foosball. Though many call him unbeatable, I have been learning his foosball weaknesses in an effort to exploit them and achieve a victory. All jokes aside, I’ve had a great time at Netsmart so far, and I look forward to another great five weeks!

Netsmart FUTURES- Week Three

Week three of the FUTURES program is wrapping up! We can’t believe how much the FUTURES have already accomplished and can’t wait to see where the next seven weeks take them. This week, Tyler, Hannah and Josh describe their experiences at Netsmart so far.

 Tyler Michels: Cloud Systems Engineer FUTURE

The first two weeks here at Netsmart have been absolutely amazing! I have learned more during these two weeks than I’ve ever learned before, and I couldn’t be happier. For the first time in a while, I am working in a place where I’m surrounded by great people who love their job and are very eager to help. Every interaction that I have had, has been nothing but positive, and I go home from work every day happy.

Since my first day of the FUTURES program a few weeks back, I have met so many people and attended so many different social events, all filled with great people and great food.  I can already say for sure, it’s not going to be easy to leave and go back to school.

Hannah Protzman: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

It’s my third week as a FUTURE at Netsmart, and I feel like I’ve been here for years. I say that because everyone treats me with great respect, and I am very comfortable with my peers and associates. I’ve heard a lot about other internship programs, but none of what I’ve heard compares to Netsmart’s FUTURES program. In three weeks, I’ve learned and done more than I would’ve thought possible for such a short period of time.

As a Delivery Analyst FUTURE, I’ve been training for the past three weeks on how to use the program myAvatar. So far, I’ve learned all about Plexus Methodology, ADT, Modeling, Crystal Reports, and Billing. These terms were completely foreign to me before, but now, I am an almost-expert on them. This week, we’ve been focusing heavily on billing. Each week, we take a Capstone (a test) to review what we’ve learned and to make sure we are keeping up with the training.

It’s not just work for the Delivery Analyst FUTURES. We often lunch together and gather after to work to hang out. This week, we enjoyed two lunches as a team. I am thankful to have already met so many new people and made so many new friends. My time is flying by here at Netsmart, and I am enjoying every minute of it!

Josh Reed: Software Engineer FUTURE

Busy, busy, busy! As a returning FUTURE, I thought I had an idea of what I was getting myself into. However, this summer has proven to be faster-paced and more diverse than the last. On-boarding happened in a flash and I was already working on an important issue that my team has never had to do before. Once that was done, there was another project ready and waiting for me to take on. In addition to the projects for my team, the FUTURES project has started gaining some momentum giving me even more to do!

I have been amazed at the amount I have been able to do in these few weeks and can’t wait to see what I can do with the remaining seven. This summer has shown me just how fast Netsmart changes and evolves.

Week 5: Hosting Events as a Future – Megan Douglah

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As the halfway point nears in our summers, I think we’re all starting to realize that the classic “9-5” work schedule sometimes means “8:30-5:30,” and when you get home from work, you are tired, and you don’t even want to make yourself dinner (If my parents somehow stumble upon this blog, THANK YOU for your countless 9-5 days and dinner).  Continue reading Week 5: Hosting Events as a Future – Megan Douglah