Any product including those produced by my company has room for improvement and keeping up with changing requirements. Qvidian does a good job keeping up.
Qvidian was developed over time by proposal managers for proposal management in the real world. The feature set serves the benefits required for scalable and flexible compliance with real customer demands including:
• Content management
• Document automation
• Workflow management
Qvidian is very responsive to customer ideas in adding requested features when possible, including some I suggested. The biggest change I'd like at this stage of my association with the product is the provision of simple, license-free (within the enterprise) access to the content database. The current seat license model does not enable casual users' introduction to and exploration of the product.
This review is anonymous only because I am not authorized to represent my company as an endorsement or reference.
Ask your Qvidian account representative for the opportunity to privately talk with experienced users. Be careful, however, to ensure that the users have real experience and are sufficiently trained in the use of the product. Too many users expect to use any product (Qvidian, those produced by my company, and others) with no training then are disappointed with their lack of success. As intuitive as Qvidian is, it does require minimal training and setting of expectations.
Join the Qvidian User Community and review the discussions, knowledge base, training, etc. Visit the Learning Resources videos, which demonstrate the product at a more practical than typical demos.
If your buying cycle timing works out, attend the annual user conference.
Don't make your buying decision in a vacuum. Work with colleagues including proposal managers, account representatives, management, and your purchasing department. Adoption will be much smoother if such groups feel they contributed to the decision.
Do not try to take all training at once. Adopt a just-in-time approach. The product capabilities are too deep to be properly absorbed when first introduced.
Our initial business problem was replacement of the Pragmatech RFP Machine content library. We've successfully used Qvidian as a global resource for about three years.
Within the past year, our sales force asked if we also had the capability to support "point-and-click" proposals such as available at other companies. Qvidian enabled us to provide that capability with Proposal Automation.
We're now piloting workflow management capabilities with initial good results.