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Old 27th January 2012, 09:30 AM
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Question Zavanta - Anyone use this software tool for creating SOPs?

Does anyone here have experience with Zavanta? It is a software tool for creating SOPs and making them available to users. We are considering this for our organization and thought I'd see if anyone on elsmar has any feedback on the product.

It currently doesn't have a review/approve feature but they are coming out with that in the next edition this spring which will make it much more valuable to us.

We are currently utilizing Sharepoint and Word/Excel documents.

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Old 27th January 2012, 10:17 AM
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Re: Zavanta - Anyone use this software?

My current organization uses Zavanta and I do not like it at all. I find the document structure to be top-heavy. I find the nomenclature non-value-added. I find the lack of review/approval to be so cumbersome and bottle-necking that I get a headache when I think about our "workaround" solution.

What I don't know is whether my frustration is from Zavanta or if it's from how we use it. What I do know is that I'm working on a business case to move to something else...electronic, easy-to-use, web-based and visually attractive.
Thank You to RCBeyette for your informative Post and/or Attachment!
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Old 31st January 2012, 02:25 PM
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Re: Zavanta - Anyone use this software?

Thanks for the feedback Roxane! Do you happen to know which version you have? I understand there are three different versions (i.e. do you have 'gold'). What industry are you in if you don't mind me asking? I'm working for a law firm (had been in automotive my entire career until my industry change this past fall).

Anyone else out there have any recommendations for a similar product? My goals would be to obtain a product that is easy to use, web based, and reasonably priced of course! Our organization is around 500 people.
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Old 1st February 2012, 07:58 AM
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Re: Zavanta - Anyone use this software tool for creating SOPs?

In healthcare now (spent most of my career in manufacturing). Version 5.3, I think...don't know about gold.
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Old 18th March 2012, 11:56 PM
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Re: Zavanta - Anyone use this software tool for creating SOPs?

i too am looking at this and for other type of programs, what did you finanaly descide on?
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Old 19th March 2012, 07:00 AM
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i too am looking at this and for other type of programs, what did you finanaly descide on?

Welcome to the Cove, networknow!

With regards to my current organization, we have not progressed any further down the route of deciding how to handle our online documentation. I will be doing a presentation later this week with recommendations and options for moving forward and, if given the green light, I can formally start the project of revamping the documention control system, along with sourcing possible software options.
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Old 27th March 2012, 12:57 PM
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Re: Zavanta - Anyone use this software?

Hi Roxane
It is as if you were using it to manage your documents. I am looking into using it just to create Policies and Procedures. Do you think it actually helps to improve the "content" of your controlled documentation?
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Old 27th March 2012, 01:01 PM
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Re: Zavanta - Anyone use this software?

I don't have any recommendations at the moment. The only other option that I came across so far is ExpressTrain but I'd like to know what other options are out there as well.
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