Meet DAS Business Furniture Ltd, one of the first organizations to sign up for a Samepage premium plan. As an international company with a reputation for excellence in the design, manufacture and installation of specialized desks for trading and control rooms, DAS collaborates and communicates daily across multiple global offices. The team at DAS was using Box.com but they felt it just wasn't right, something was missing. They turned to Andy Hibbs at a Craft ICT, a Kerio preferred partner in the UK, to help them identify what in their process could be causing the disconnect the team felt. Andy has sold and deployed Kerio solutions for nine years and has DAS running the Kerio Connect messaging server. In fact, Andy acts as the de-facto IT director for DAS.
Andy spent several hours interviewing the team. One theme seemed to always resurface in those conversations - getting out of sync with each other as the team propelled through projects. Andy identified social interactions as critical and started to look for a more social and team platform.
We caught up with Andy and talked about how the company is using Samepage.
What do you like about Samepage
When we first saw it, it looked like Box combined with Facebook, or a Facebook for commerce type application. That appealed to us because we can get new Pages set-up in about five minutes and everything is organized and accounted for, from the inception of a project until completion. As an organization, we have bought into the ability to comment about virtually all aspects of a project.
Comments fly back and forth all day long. In fact, one my favorite aspects of Samepage is getting that "Hey, this is great" or simply "Approved" comment in my news feed. It's what we work for in our business.
What makes Samepage the right fit?
We are spread out across several offices around the world and Samepage is a vital information portal. Employees need a way to stay connected in a much more organized way than email. All of our marketing, sales, tenders and projects are now housed on Samepage.
We are in the design business, so you can probably imagine that everything goes through countless revisions before it is completed. We need to share content, but it's about more than files, it's access to conversations and project updates.
Samepage is about one-third the cost of what we were paying for Box. With Box, we had a 15 user license, with Samepage we are able to get all 23 employees on Samepage and still see significant savings. When you add that Samepage is easier to use than Box, which we never could get comfortable with, the ROI is tremendous.
How about a typical use-case scenario?
All our departments - marketing, sales, project design - use Samepage, but I think the best example is when a project goes from the beginning all the way to tender. We start with the cross-department team working on a project that is completely managed on a single Samepage page. We make heavy use of the task component to list everything that needs to be completed, and everyone comments when they have finished their assigned task. When a project gets to the point where it is ready for review by the customer, we have been able to send the tender via external sharing.
Our customers like getting all the details they need on a clean and professional online page.