What do you like best?
Running a proposal using Privia is seamless. During a proposal, having document control down to the levels of editing, writing, viewing, and overall access is critical. This program provides extensive controls when needed. Also, different levels of user rights provide a proposal manager the ability to manage a response and your team members without any issues or lost information.
The version control feature is irreplaceable and a must for all proposal professionals. The new search capabilities is similar to Google search and is a real time saver. The capture tool monitoring future procurement efforts and alerting managers of milestones for current efforts places less demands on capture professionals. Can't say enough about this software.
As far as the previous review titled "Privia Pain" and dated May 14, 2015 pertaining to "losing information" . . .There is no way this can be true - had to be either a user error or computer issue - no way it had anything to do with the software. The software retains all versions and even sets up a "special" temporary file location on your individual computer should your actual computer crash or you lose internet connectivity. Privia has saved me hours of reconstructing 1,000 page documents when a company had internal, uncontrollable mechanical and technical issues.
What do you dislike?
However, I don't care for how there are two interfaces - Privia Web and Privia Platform. The Platform interface is great and very, very easy to use. "Drag and drop" content management, etc. The issue is - when you want to access all the tools of Privia (Capture tools, reporting, workflows, etc.) you, as a user, must use the Privia Web interface ONLY. I use the Platform version the most during proposals due to ease. Switching back and forth between the interfaces is a pain as you must sign in and out of the software. Plus both interfaces look and act differently.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Talk to a company that is currently using the software for their proposals. Also, ask for an onsite demo if you have any doubts. In addition, include your technical folks so they too can see the software and see the amazing administrator tools that make it possible for regular employees to assist with administrator duties. Privia is a software that provides controls down to the individual user and therefore makes it possible to alleviate your Technical personnel's duties and responsibilities making their lives less stressful.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I travel as a consultant to organizations all over the world. I work with dispersed teams and being able to collaborate using one tool and also having different user level access (contractors, employees, teammates) makes for a easier team environment. The notification feature alerts you when a writer in another country has completed their changes or edits to a section no matter what time zone you are located in.
The commenting review feature is a tool which makes virtual color team reviews possible. The reconciliation of comments in either Excel, Word, or Privia's Commenting tool, makes addressing reviewers concerns and assuring compliance a breeze.