Idealware is a Web site that offers reviews and information about software especially for nonprofit organizations. On Idealware's blog, Laura S. Quinn recently wrote about software that's designed to facilitate board collaboration.
Quinn knows that the hardest thing about collaboration software is getting people to use it. And so she advocates starting small, with a free or inexpensive program. Most importantly, she reminds us to think about goals before we jump on the technology bus.
For instance, if realtime collaboration is a goal, there are a number of online presentation tools (like WebEx, ReadyTalk, or GoToMeeting) that can help you discuss, view information online, and vote. If you're looking to store documents, discussions, and task lists online, an inexpensive project management platform like Basecamp could be an interesting fit. Something like Google Docs might be an easy-to-use way to share financial spreadsheets or other documents.
Read the entire blog posting about software for board collaboration here.
Three companies that offer board collaboration software are BoardVantage, Diligent, and BoardEffect. In Trust makes no recommendation about these or any other companies or commercial products.