Using collaborative tools to create multi-stakeholder strategies

Shanzay Asim

All successful businesses have one thing in common, extensive planning and comprehensive strategies. These strategies may look different for different industries, but the principle is essentially the same. This is equally applicable for the hardware industry, with its own complexities and challenges.  

Every company must have at least quarterly strategy reviews and plan for the next time period, with current condition, predicted conditions, and revenue goals in mind. In addition, any workable strategy must take into account all the stakeholders in the business. This includes designers, engineers, marketers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and clients.  

This prospect may seem daunting, but makes all the difference between working haphazardly without considering other stakeholders and having a well-thought-out plan with numerous factors taken in consideration. This also means taking the overall economic situation and crises such as the current COVID-19 pandemic into account.  

If such strategizing is done in silo and manually, it can lead to a large margin of error. To prevent this, companies should look into automated solutions which are frankly a boon for planning, and will make more accurate predictions.  

For this purpose, all the stakeholders must be in contact, with all their functions, goals, and concerns presented clearly. Meetings, phone calls, and emails are not enough for this, so there is a need for some other solution. After all, the planners must ensure that every factor is considered carefully. Therefore, the best solution is to enable all the stakeholders to work together in real-time on one platform, and see what adjustments each of them makes when responding to various triggers. 

How can collaborative tools help with strategizing? 

Simply put, collaborative tools allow all the stakeholders to stand on common ground and plan on the same footing. This means that instead of strategizing individually, all strategies come together in one place with common goals and considerations. If each stakeholder is considered individually, planners would have to create a bunch of different strategies or go for a broader outlook. However, with the right collaborative tool making the picture clearer, the planning can be more targeted and specific. It will consider how stakeholders are working both simultaneously and sequentially.  

Consequently, the strategy will be created in a holistic manner, with any hiccups responded to by all the stakeholders in a united manner. This will also help create realistic goals and marketing plans, in addition to product releases. If this planning is not done with all stakeholders in mind, any issues faced by a single stakeholder will break the premise of the strategy, leaving everyone else having to reorient themselves. This sort of situation must be avoided at all costs, as it will prevent companies from growing to their proper potential, and achieving their long-term goals.  

Therefore, an industry-specific collaborative tool such as InventHub, is an essential need for extensive, multi-stakeholder planning.  

In conclusion, collaborative tools are a great help when drafting multi-stakeholder collaboration strategies design principles and best practices. They take a complete view of the industry, and enable companies to respond to any upcoming triggers or crises accordingly, with a minimal margin of error. 

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