Qvidian

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Cloud-based sales execution solutions that help sales and marketing leaders succeed faster.

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Qvidian review by User in Information Technology and Services
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a wonderful system for content management

What do you like best?

Working in the world of RFXs (Request for...Proposals/Information/Quotes etc). a system where you can store content which can then be reused and customised for clients is essential. Qvidian offers an intuitive search function for content making the information you require easy to find.

What do you dislike?

If you have a content management system you need to make sure those in charge maintain it effectively or else you can end up with multiple records for the same content, this misuse is one of my major dislikes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

use it to store answers to questions, don't upload bulk documents (e.g. full response documents that you sent to a client). Qvidian is best used in it's simplest form and that is storing boiler plate content which can then be catered when needed for bids.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to turn around answers for clients in a short space of time, Qvidian allows you to keep all your content in once place and it can be used at the click of a couple of buttons. The content can also be updated (providing you have admin rights) which certainly helps when working on bids.

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Qvidian review by <span>Aamir K.</span>
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Good option for writing proposals

What do you like best?

I loved browser based library which allows me to work remotely, customizability of user interface is the best of all and I can see the file without having to download it, making it things easier to keep track of what information i have already used.

What do you dislike?

I have not used this very much but as far I have used it, I felt some issues with the indexing of items which makes user suffer when they try to search something and it kinda takes too much time in implementation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I am not very much happy with the services they were providing at that moment, though I have used a trial copy but I would suggest this to use and report your problems, support team is actually very supportive and provide the solution whatever necessary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Proposal making is more efficient and less time consuming and allowing us to use our saved time in other works more efficiently to solve problems.

What Proposal solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Qvidian review by <span>Nancy B.</span>
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Great tool to manage RFP's and create automated documents

What do you like best?

The feature set keeps getting better. With options to import RFP documents from Word/Excel; to performing auto-fill and search capabilities while responding to RFP's and the ability to integrate and create documents using Salesforce.

What do you dislike?

sometimes the documentation when learning a new task is a challenge to decipher

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch videos to learn; attend the annual conference for good insights

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

responding to RFP's rapidly and maintaining a shared project allowing others to reply simultaneously; also the ability to track your progress and the overall response progress is a great feature

Qvidian review by User in Outsourcing/Offshoring
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Speeds time to response immensely by reducing research and writing time.

What do you like best?

Once you have hit a critical mass with the amount of content that you have published - Qvidian is a great tool that prevents re-writing the same content over and over. If you set up your environment mindfully and make your more standardized offering language modular - it can easily reduce time to response and time researching in half if not more.

What do you dislike?

When using the library - the right click menus and sub-menus seem to disappear when trying to make selections often. Also, your environment will only be as good as your admins, so if you do not have the right team for implementation the tool will likely fail.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The success of your Qvidian environment will depend largely upon your implementation team and your admins. If you have the right team in place this should be a great tool for your enterprise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are reducing our time to response. We are also answering a large volume of responses with a very small team, which would literally be impossible if we had not automated many of our processes.

Qvidian review by <span>Chuck M.</span>
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We are expanding Qvidian access to our Sales Directors

What do you like best?

Qvidian easily handles multiple formats: Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF.

What do you dislike?

A little longer learning curve for our Salesforce administrator to help us integrate with Qvidian.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Qvidian in real projects and you will learn faster with real proposals

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our Sales Directors are starting to access our complete Qvidian library of Power Point slides through the Salesforce Opportunity level and we are allowing them to be more self-served.

Qvidian review by <span>Alan H.</span>
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Excellent product but don't under-estimate how much time you have to invest in it.

What do you like best?

Qvidian Proposal Automation (QPA) is an excellent content repository. It's browser-based cloud library is excellent for organizations who have workforces who occasionally work remotely without direct access to a network drive.

The user-interface is intuitive and it allows for excellent customization in order to be tuned to your specific needs. The organization itself also has an incredible commitment to continuous improvement and their consistent attempts to develop and improve their technology is noticeable and appreciated. The system continues to improve and evolve over time with improvements that are obviously created in direct response to customer feedback.

The system is comprised of two major components, the library and the project management tool. Both have their own valuable benefits and they can interact very well together.

Lastly, QPA is very good at highlighting for you (almost without even trying) where your processes lack the necessary organization to function at a high level. It is built to enable companies to manage their content to industry best-practices and if you aren't doing so, you can see that very quickly.

What do you dislike?

Two things that every company considering Qvidian should know:

1) Take the implementation slowly. I don't think Qvidian has nailed this process yet. The implementation process ran over a few months when honestly, it probably should have been various components phased in over the course of a year. That's not to say it's overly complicated, it's not. But it will result in a number of process changes for your staff and asking them to adjust to all of those changes simultaneously is something I wouldn't recommend.

2) It's time consuming. This is a bit of a double-edged sword. The honest truth is that managing QPA is a very time-consuming endeavor and if you don't have a dedicated resource, you're likely to struggle with the maintenance of your content. That sounds bad, but really, this fact is true whether you are using QPA or not. Having this system in place helps clarify for you exactly what you are and are not doing, which is actually more of a positive than a negative...but understand up-front that it takes an ongoing time commitment to maintain an effective content repository.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I absolutely recommend using Qvidian. It's a wonderful product that will push your organization forward if you make the commitment to leveraging it's capabilities.

I HIGHLY recommend the investment in a dedicated resource for the management of the system. It will pay off at 10x the value of the expense.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a result of a merger, our company grew from a department of 3 proposal management professionals to a team of over 12 over the course of 4 years. It became very apparent that the processes in place for managing a small team were insufficient with a much more diverse group. QPA has helped us centralize our content more effectively, it has improved the sharing and management of our content and it has forced us to re-examine our inefficient processes to get better just on the basis of it's capabilities.

Beyond that, we still know we're only leveraging some of the benefits that QPA can provide and it has helped us gameplan additional improvements in order to better leverage the opportunities it can provide. Projects that weren't even on our radar are now in the pipeline because we discovered a way to make them possible by leveraging QPA. A great deal of this is thanks to learning what other companies have accomplished with it by attending their annual customer-conference.

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