Yesterday evening saw one of the most interesting UK APMP evening meetings for several years: our good friend Nicole Mathison of HP shared her insights into ‘Web 2.0′ technologies that could benefit proposal teams.
How about the following?
- a blog for each proposal, keeping the team up to date with the latest project developments
- a YouTube-style video site for the bid team: forget trying to write up a briefing on paper – just click and watch the salesperson talking to camera
- a robust system to allow collaborative working on a document, whilst helping with version control: both Google Docs and Xait’s ‘Porter’ were mentioned
- a networking site (some of you may use LinkedIn) to help track down the subject matter experts who could help to answer RFP questions
- a proposal Wiki, pulling together useful content and tools.
I’d class some of these as ‘emerging’ solutions – already working in the great wide world of the web, but not yet fully deployed within the business environment. And as such, perhaps, they’re just the sort of tools that should be on he radar of proposal centres committed to staying ahead of the game.