Sherpany: Helping Companies Bid Adieu to Unproductive Meetings
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Tobias Häckermann, CEO
As much as meetings are crucial for all organisations, when done incorrectly, they can be unproductive, and, ultimately, a total waste of time. Lack of clear agendas, action planning, and relevant data, along with unprepared participants, can render meetings into chaotic madness. Now more than ever, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting (and rather abrupt) “remote working” culture, it is imperative that organisations plan and streamline meetings. With the overwhelming number of meeting requests and mess that meetings leave behind, there is a critical need for a meeting management solution that streamlines everything before, during, and after a meeting.
Transforming meetings from hassle to harmony is Sherpany’s meeting management software that enables organisations to take a holistic approach to conducting meetings and thereby fosters an agile meeting culture. “Building a meeting management solution that helps everyone to participate in the meeting process and increase its productivity is the core of what we do at Sherpany,” says Tobias Häckermann, CEO of Sherpany.
Founded in 2011, Sherpany has evolved—based on market needs— from offering a solution that facilitated simplified communications between companies and shareholders, to bringing to the table a comprehensive meeting management software today. Evolving continuously over the years, the software is helping mid-, and large-sized companies save time to ensure more robust compliance, minimise risks, and improve resource efficiency, while making meetings more productive.
Sherpany’s software is built on the company’s Azend® framework that was developed using the latest insights from meeting science and guides meeting best practices.
Building a meeting management solution that helps everyone to participate in the meeting process and increase its productivity is the core of what we do at Sherpany
The framework increases collaboration before a meeting is conducted, and improves the quality of discussion during the meeting. By encouraging contribution-based participation, the framework allows participants to contribute to relevant topics and drop out of meetings for the agenda items that aren’t relevant to them, all without creating unnecessary chaos. This helps to reduce invaluable participation and is especially effective when conducting meetings remotely.
Sherpany’s solution manages the entire meeting process and provides real-time access to all the necessary information. Before companies conduct the meetings, the software’s contribution functionality allows users to give input to meeting agendas, and to collect, centralise, and distribute all the meeting materials in a timely manner. It also allows participants to quickly search the contents of previous meetings and documents. The solution’s presenter functionality allows other team members to track the leader’s presentation whilst being able to annotate their own materials and make notes during the meeting. Users are also allowed to comment upon and highlight documents during the meetings. After the meeting, users can easily access meeting minutes, decisions, and tasks. The software’s digital circular resolutions feature allows users to cast votes, enabling swifter decision-making.
Success stories are aplenty, where Sherpany has helped organisations to steer away from the “meeting madness.” With their comprehensive meeting management solution, clients are able to consolidate meeting tools and proceedings, which ultimately has acted as an agent for change, improved internal communications, and enhanced leadership teams' satisfaction, in addition to driving meeting productivity.
From a compliance standpoint, Sherpany’s solution adheres to the highest European security standards when it comes to protecting confidential data. The company is ISO 27001 certified and complies with various data protection mandates, including the GDPR. Furthermore, by enforcing stringent security protocols, Sherpany complies with Swiss Banking regulations, and by using Sherpany’s meeting software, customers are not affected by the US CLOUD Act.
Aside from following the best compliance practices, Sherpany allows fast and seamless integration with other relevant enterprise apps and technologies, such as for example Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams for video calling or O365 for your office files, to name just a few. With such an easy and simple integration, it becomes easier for companies to use Sherpany’s software.
In a business environment where the volume of information, meetings, and change is constantly growing, the role of meetings continues to increase. Sherpany offers clarity, consistency, and efficiency, ultimately helping leaders to make every meeting count.