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  • 1. Technology Can Supercharge Your Partnerships Joseph Vijayam Olive Technology, Inc.
  • 2. The Motivation And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him — a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, ESV) — King Solomon, the wisest man on earth
  • 3. Example 1: Organizational Context • Gospelcom.net & CrossOlive.com – Web hosting is a common requirement – Lower costs through collaboration – Increase traffic and exposure – Find a safe and trusted place – Share tools and resources – Collaborate in other areas
  • 4. Example 2: Individual Context • Lausanne Congress 2010, Cape Town – Over 4,000 individuals – Geographical, cultural, age & language differences – Varying levels of familiarity with technology – Broad range of accessibility to technology – Decision making and tight deadlines – High need for collaboration and tight deadlines
  • 5. Example 3: A Hybrid Context • International Conference on Computing and Mission – Annual gathering of IT staff representing ministries – Ongoing collaboration and projects – Sharing ideas and experiences – Building tools that everyone could benefit from – Interest groups and task groups
  • 6. Factors that Lead to Success • Create specific goals and objectives • Define the purpose technology must support • Establish a facilitator for collaboration • Choose the right tool for the context
  • 7. Create specific goals and objectives • Who are the collaborators? • What is the desired result for each party? • What are the common goals, if any? • What is the timeline for goals identified? • How often do collaborators need to interact?
  • 8. Define Purpose Tech Must Support • Why do we need to use technology for collaborating on this project? • How many collaborators will use the technology concurrently and otherwise? • What is the availability/accessibility required? • What is the duration for which it is required?
  • 9. Establish a Facilitator for Collaboration • Identify a facilitator right at the beginning • Find someone who is expected to stay through the entire project • Empower facilitator with administrative rights • Introduce the facilitator to all parties • Establish communication protocol • Provide support and resources to facilitator
  • 10. Choose the Right Tool for the Context • Is the context broad or specific? • What is the level of scalability required? • How many user types are needed? • Does it have to be multilingual? • What is the budget & timeline? • Is there an off the shelf solution or tool? • How are security & continuity risks mitigated?
  • 11. Evolution of Collaboration Tools • Started with Groupware - Lotus Notes • Cisco’s Quad with Webex as frontend • Microsoft Sharepoint • Business productivity with Central Desktop and Basecamp • Video conferencing and screen sharing • Collaboration meets social networking with Jive, Yammer and Salesforce Chatter
  • 12. Collaboration Tools - Categories • Project Management, Eg: Central Desktop • Creative Collaboration, Eg: Writeboard • Mindmapping, Eg: Comapping • Group Communication, Eg: Yammer • File Sharing, Eg: Dropbox • Web Presenting, Eg: Slideshare • Screen Sharing, Eg: join.me • Videoconferencing, Eg: Skype • Event Scheduling, Eg: Doodle • Collaborative Writing, Eg: Buzzword
  • 13. Risks to Successful Collaboration • Lack of convergence in purpose • Insufficient strategic overlap • Cultural differences, esp. in decision making • Unequal value of outcome vs cost involved • Leadership lacks commitment to collaborate • Vested interests of operational teams • Early over-optimism or pessimism
  • 14. Ministry Collaboration is Rare • Too much to do with scarce resources limits bandwidth for collaboration • Focus is on differences in doctrine, culture, leadership, etc. • Disparate operational goals and objectives • Competition for donor dollars • Lack of trust
  • 15. Tech Empowers Ministry Collaboration • Technology is a neutral platform to collaborate • Does not threaten org core competence • It is a safe environment to engage with others • Operational teams start working together • It stretches donor dollars and demonstrates fiscal prudence, thereby building donor trust • It paves the way for collaboration in ministry
  • 16. Additional Resources and Contact Info: www.ministryplatforms.com Blog.olivetech.com Twitter.com/josephvijayam Telephone: (719) 559-4736 Email: joseph@olivetech.com