After a certain point in their growth, most organizations realize that email is not enough for collaborating in their expanding network, and decide to implement specialized collaboration software. They then need to undertake the rigorous process of identifying their specific needs, and researching various solutions, analyzing them and selecting the collaboration software for those needs.
However, there aren’t many guides or precedents to guide those search, and the researchers are left mostly on their own.
Steve Waddell, an expert on global and local inter-organizational networks and change management, had to undertake the exercise of selecting a collaboration backbone for GOLDEN, an expansive global non profit network of academics, research centers and corporations promoting sustainability in business. After studying many well known solutions in the market, Steve finally settled with HyperOffice.
Steve went further, and documented in detail the entire process from identifying needs, to researching and shortlisting solutions, to comparing them on specific criteria, before finally choosing HyperOffice.
It is a great endorsement for us because it brings an objective third party view of why HyperOffice was chosen over other options in the market. But besides that, it is also a great roadmap for companies looking to go through the same process, especially coming from an expert who has an in depth understanding of distributed networks spread across private, public and non-profit organizations – a highly collaborative context. It is also a great case study for non profits looking to implement collaboration software across multiple organizations scattered globally.
Do check out Steve’s blog about the subject.
Please check out his whitepaper detailing the process.