Piestar – DPx data and project management | RFx applications and proposals
Piestar, Inc. provides an online cloud-based ecosystem optimized to support collaborative data and project management, program evaluation, and application/proposal reviews.
The Piestar DPx system is designed for the purposes of collecting and visualizing data, managing projects, maintaining compliance, monitoring progress, evaluating program impact, and reporting results.
The Piestar RFx system is designed for requesting, collecting, reviewing, rating, and selecting applications or proposals.
Continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates make Piestar systems safe and dependable. Data, projects, and applications/proposals are easy to manage with Piestar.
Reports and Analysis
Report to funding agencies and stakeholders.
Piestar provides a growing library of reports and file exports customized to meet various funding agency requirements and compliance regulations. New reports can be customized to meet the specific needs of each project. A data summary section makes it easy for program leaders to review aggregated impact data. Raw data can be exported as a Microsoft Excel file at any time for a detailed analysis.
Collect, validate, and export data.
Collecting data and project activity information can be challenging. Piestar provides a simple step-by-step reporting process. Piestar simplifies the process with clean, uncomplicated reporting modules to ensure all required details are entered so grant-funding agencies, evaluators, and stakeholders have the data they need.
Track data for multiple projects.
Managing large programs with sub-awards and multiple projects is easy with Piestar. Piestar keeps everything organized and tracks details about projects, including: status, award amounts, personnel, objectives, documents, photographs, presentations, files, activities, data, budget expenditures and more. Program managers can report progress against an annual operating plan to ensure positive momentum of the programs.
Customize reporting modules for specific projects.
Every project is different. Piestar can adapt to the reporting intricacies of any project with customized modules and reports. Being flexible doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. The Piestar system is updated and enhanced regularly, giving the benefit of a widely-used platform combined with the flexibility of customized enterprise software. The Piestar team will customize the Piestar system to meet the specific needs of any program.
Clean and correct data entry errors.
The Piestar data cleaner is used to edit multiple records at once. Correcting typos and duplicate data entry errors is fast and easy with the Piestar data cleaner. The Piestar system remembers which records have been cleaned so all data can be verified for accuracy. The Piestar data cleaner saves program managers an exceptional amount of time.
Save time, effort, and energy with the Piestar email system.
As project and reporting deadlines are added, Piestar automatically schedules launch, reminder, and past-due email messages. The Piestar system sends a weekly status report, showing upcoming email messages. Modify or re-send email messages in just a few clicks, and send custom messages to team members at any time.
Budgets and Reports
Monitor project budgets and reporting progress in real-time.
Directors, PIs, Co-PIs, and program managers can monitor budgets and reporting progress. Budget burn rates keep project finances in check. Piestar makes it easy to measure reporting progress and ensures all team members submit their reports on time. It’s easy to emulate users of the system to view or edit reports.
Schedule outreach activities or events and track involvement.
Engaging the community can be an important aspect of a successful program. Piestar tracks event details and accepts imported files of attendees, photographs, videos and records of how event activities contribute to project objectives.
Travel and Equipment
Request, receive, process, and approve travel and equipment requests.
Funding agencies usually require approval for international travel and certain equipment purchases. With Piestar, requests are received and reviewed online, then sent to funding agencies for approval. Piestar also keeps a record of requests and can show recent or upcoming travel for an entire team.
Service and Support
Receive immediate service and support from an experienced team of software engineers.
Piestar, Inc. provides continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates to Piestar systems. All users of Piestar systems receive unlimited storage for data, documents, files, publications, presentation, photos, and videos. Documentation, training modules, and technical resources are included with subscription to Piestar systems. Piestar servers are hosted in the FedRAMP-authorized AWS GovCloud, which meets federal regulatory and compliance requirements.
Request, collect, review, rate, and select applications with Piestar RFx.
It’s easy to request applications by simply uploading a PDF solicitation document. The solicitation document can be published immediately to start accepting applications. Custom reviewer assignments and weighted rating rubrics streamline the selection process while keeping scores and documents organized for easy access.
Co-founder of Piestar, Inc.
With over 20 years of professional experience in information technology, software programming, and Web development, Ben Claar leads the Piestar team to create and maintain the best data and project management systems and RFx systems for federal and state grant-funded programs. Ben’s mission is to provide the best service and support to Directors, PIs, Co-PIs, and program managers for effective and efficient data and project management.
Co-founder of Piestar, Inc.
For over 20 years, Aaron Schroeder has worked with program evaluators to streamline data collection and reporting efforts. Aaron has developed customized database systems, web-based data collection systems, and other reporting solutions tightly integrated within comprehensive evaluation plans. Aaron has designed and implemented data collection systems for several federal and state agencies.