It’s a great irony that the tools most of us rely on today for international collaboration are actually a barrier to working together. Each in turn puts a different obstacle in the way of working faster, of working smarter and working more efficiently.

If you’re collaborating with sales teams, engineers, developers or suppliers on the other side of the world, chances are email is the cornerstone of your international collaboration. However, your users are already struggling to swim against the tide of email inbox overload and inbox size restrictions, which can often be as low as 10MB. Email can all too easily lead to the wrong versions of documents being shared. It isn’t discoverable either — so emails about the next crucial sales deal get lost between emails about a colleague’s leaving do and reception saying you’ve left your car light on.

How about SharePoint for your international collaboration? Put to one side for a moment the issue of the high total cost of ownership and unpopularity brought about by the difficulty of navigation and lack of intuitiveness. Most importantly of all, it’s very difficult to perform even rudimentary international collaboration with SharePoint. It’s designed for communication with members of your team, not the network of agencies, consultants, outsourcers and other business partners who sit outside your firewall.

File sharing systems are another graveyard for international collaboration. Security alarm bells should ring as soon as tools like Dropbox or Hightail begin to be used in your organization. With these tools you risk losing your intellectual property whenever an employee accidentally shares the file with an unauthorized third-party—either in the next building or on the other side of the world. Moreover, auditing your international collaboration becomes unstuck too: there is no way of tracking the data with these consumer storage tools, maintaining audit trails or retaining version controls.

Here’s the thing. Your international collaboration platform needs to straddle time zones and geographies, working wherever your staff, customers and management team happen to be on that day. It needs to be secure. It needs to be easy to use. It needs to work with external business partners. It needs to be mobile. It needs to be Huddle.

Imagine for a moment you’re working on a new, highly confidential global sales deal. You have sales teams synchronized in Sydney, Singapore and San Francisco. You’re based in London. The customer decision making team are in Frankfurt—and the budget stakeholder is in New York. In these circumstances, Huddle delivers international collaboration more easily, more securely and more effectively than any of the platforms I’ve talked about above.

Huddle provides all your stakeholders with secure access to content and the means to work together on documents with colleagues around the world. Workspaces can be created easily, allowing you to share files, create intranets and work together on documents across time zones and geographies. Seamless mobile integration lets you review the document sent 10 seconds ago from San Francisco, while you sit on the train in London.

Thousands of customers worldwide—including many central and local government organizations—testify to the fact that Huddle has reduced their reliance on email, but more importantly it has helped users to understand that international collaboration really can be easy, secure and mobile.

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