Case Study - Media Friendly

The Challenge

Media Friendly provides issue and crisis management training, media training, and public relations services for chief executives, directors, and managers from large enterprise and government organizations both nationally and internationally. The organization creates and collaborates on an expansive library of documents, including client-facing training resources and internal documents that constantly need to be accessed, edited, and shared across geographic locations. The company required a productivity-enhancing platform that would enable them to simply and efficiently collaborate with clientele in a secure environment in order to retain full control of the company’s intellectual property and sensitive documentation.

The Solution

Media Friendly has a strong record of providing first-class training and communications services to a wide range of companies all over the world. Their clients include The NHS, The National Assembly of Wales, The Department of Health, The Home Office, and The Department for Communities as well as over seventy local authorities in the UK. Internationally, Media Friendly works with The United Nations and other global bodies and commercial enterprise clients. They needed a platform where they could access, share, and collaborate on a vast library of files, including client-facing training resources and internal documents.

Moya Fillmore, Managing Director at Media Friendly, commented, “We have a great deal of experience working with important clients with highly sensitive briefs in the public sector and private sector, so we needed a platform that would also allow our customers and consultants to access and collaborate on documents remotely in a highly secure environment .”

The SkyDox platform is architected to provide enterprise-class security with features that include managed administration; permission settings for files and folders to prevent unauthorized parties from printing, downloading, or passing on confidential files; and data encryption both at rest and in transit. Media Friendly’s users also have access to detailed analytics that track file activity at page level, allowing them to determine if and when the file was opened, with whom it was shared, and which pages have been viewed.

The platform goes beyond other basic file sharing and collaboration tools. With SkyDox, Media Friendly users can easily co-author and manage files in the office and remotely. Furthermore, the users can view and comment on these files from any browser-enabled device, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The platform supports over 200 file types, including popular productivity applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, & Excel as well as the Acrobat Creative Suite files.

Fillmore added, “The SkyDox platform will become an integral part of our training and collaboration tool set, helping our clients learn in a collaborative, dynamic, and secure environment.”

What Media Friendly Does

Media Friendly is one of the UK and Europe’s most respected communications, media training, and PR companies. Since its launch in 1998, the company has worked with over five hundred organizations, both nationally and internationally, and has run training courses for over five thousand chief executives, directors, senior executives and senior managers from many of the UK’s leading companies and organizations.

What SkyDox Delivered

  • A collaboration platform that enables Media Friendly consultants to access, share, and collaborate on files within the library of documents.
  • Enterprise-class security with features that include managed administration, access rights and permission settings for files, and data encryption.
  • Accurate online rendering of over 200 document formats, including formats commonly used for training resources and proposals, such as Microsoft’s PowerPoint, Word, & Excel files as well as Adobe’s PDF files.
  • Mobile access using any browser-enabled device, including smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
  • Extra-large-file support reduces unnecessary reliance on FTP and un-auditable file sharing applications.
  • Comments can be tagged to specific text or a free-form area in a file, making it easier for Media Friendly staff to clearly indicate required changes and for clients to effectively raise questions.
  • File-centric conference calls and online meetings can be started from a single platform for multi-party line meetings – important for Media Friendly’s international clientele.

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