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Directorpoint started in 2012 with a vision to simplify board of directors communications. The company brings a secure software solution that improves communications in board meetings, increases member engagement, and streamlines administration.
“Our primary goal is to ease the companies’ boards' effort, and go paperless in all business processes with our board portal software,” explains John Peinhardt, CEO of Directorpoint.
In an interview with CIO Applications, Peinhardt details this vision of the company along with briefing us about the value Directorpoint delivers to its clients.
Provide us insights about Directorpoint along with your clients’ requirements that the company seeks to address with its software.
Since the creation of Directorpoint, we have established ourselves as a software company that focuses on bringing boardroom management to the cloud. We have developed board and leadership software, which is currently available for desktops, iPhones, iPads, and will soon be available on Windows 7 and other platforms.
Our software serves as a platform for board members to collaborate, and also helps to reduce the pressure that CIOs face. We understand that board members across different industries look for ways to save time, so we have provided a solution by seamlessly connecting board processes through messaging, PDF signing, and notes.
We also provide iOS applications to board members to ensure that they never miss meeting updates.
What according to you are the challenges faced by CIOs and how do you address them with your software?
Security ranks as one of the most pressing challenges for companies in the modern business environment. Security, probably followed by communication and information storage, and ease of use of new technologies by individual users. Technology is evolving every day, so if CIOs are going to bring something new to the table, it needs to be easy to implement.
Directorpoint’s software is designed to streamline communications through simplicity, while being supported by powerful security features. We provide an all-in-one solution that doesn’t require any add-ons or additional fees, so onboarding is quick, thorough, and starts providing maximum benefits from day one.
Our portal software solution simplifies communications, helps businesses streamline administration, and improves user engagement
What are the strategies employed by Directorpoint to thwart the competition prevailing in this space?
We have an integrated, user-friendly mobile application for all our customers. It offers various features—all on one platform— eliminating the need to download multiple apps for chat and other purposes. Our tiered pricing lets our application fit our clients’ budgets and fulfills their requirements cost-effectively.
We also focus on quality over quantity. We strive to push the company forward with our “customer-first” philosophy, allowing us to give each new client that joins the Directorpoint family a high level of personal support. As we develop new features, we make sure clients are familiar with changes and can continue to operate without interruption.
Elaborate on your Portal Software Solution along with its features and functionalities?
Our portal software solution simplifies communications, helps to streamline administrative tasks, and improves user engagement. Switching to paperless board books saves significant time and effort for our client organizations. Some of our most used features include document annotation, calendar reminders, member directories, unlimited file storage, secure chat, voting, and surveys.
Because our software exists in the cloud, we offer state-of-the-art site security with strong perimeter defense, threat monitoring, password protection, automatic time-out, and SSL data transmission. Our portal software also extends that security to our mobile applications and data transfer.
Could you please cite a case study detailing how Directorpoint enabled a client to overcome hurdles and attain desired outcomes with your software?
One of our largest clients is The University of Alabama, which leveraged our system to digitize their board communications. Before Directorpoint, the University relied on a paper-based process that required printing approximately 130 books per meeting (consisting of resolutions and background materials) which were shipped to trustees.
The University wanted to streamline this process, and needed a solution that could reduce the amount of paper used and remove the shipping costs. Our software now enables all participating trustees to have access to documents from anywhere.
Kim Bailey, Coordinator of Information Systems at The University of Alabama, says, “After implementing Directorpoint, we have been able to provide trustees and staff access to board materials on time. If any material is altered after digitally publishing the books, further copying and mailing are no longer necessary.
Our most positive change has been the reduction in those copying and mailing expenses. We are now able to upload presentations for review prior to or after the board meetings.”
What does the future hold for Directorpoint?
We continue to add new customers to our client base every month and receive positive feedback from clients who are happy with our software and use it on a daily basis. Recently, we expanded into Australia and Canada, and are continuing to expand internationally.