Lone Star R.S. Platou
Bionic Turtle offers an affordable way to prepare candidates for difficult financial certification examinations. The company provides a full-service, multimedia test aid product designed to prepare candidates for the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification. Bionic Turtle was founded in 2005 by David Harper, CFA, FRM, CIPM. In the fall of 2006, Bionic Turtle became an approved provider of professional development programs, a designation granted by the prestigious CFA Institute. Bionic Turtle is owned by Investor Alternatives, LLC
Bionic Turtle had been using Excel spreadsheets with learning objects such as articles and movie tutorials in helping students prepare for certification. Since Excel is a desktop application, the company experienced usability and accessibility problems. Bionic Turtle frequently had to email files back and forth to candidates. Problems were experienced when some candidates did not have Excel or when others didn’t have the latest version.
A Bionic Turtle executive read a blog article about EditGrid and realized it solved several problems the company faced. By using EditGrid’s online spreadsheets, the company could easily share working examples of finance concepts, which complemented its use of Screencast tutorials. Bionic Turtle determined EditGrid was superior to other applications because it has a better array of options for sharing and publishing documents. The company can designate an EditGrid spreadsheet with read/write privileges and allow a user to grab their own customizable copy. Bionic Turtle also appreciates that EditGrid does not require viewers to buy subscriptions.
“One of the smartest things EditGrid has done, in my opinion, is mak(ing) the (spread)sheets seamless with Excel…”
Bionic Turtle can now easily collaborate with candidates using EditGrid’s online spreadsheets. Using traditional finance applications, .xls files are passed around the Internet. With EditGrid, the whole game has changed and there are no longer limitations related to geography. Bionic Turtle users can now collaborate interactively over a shared spreadsheet.