Accent Group’s board members have just completed a trial of using iPads running GoodReader for their board meetings as a possible replacement for printed materials and as an alternative to a more expensive dedicated ‘board papers’ system.
Stuart Duthie, head of ICT, Accent Group, said, “Using one of the dedicated systems for board papers would have cost us around £10,000 per year, so we decided to trial GoodReader, an app which costs just £2.99.
“It offers much of the functionality as the dedicated systems, including integration with our SharePoint-based intranet, and has a range of tools to allow board members to make notes and mark-up papers. Sensible bookmarking of the original PDF files lets board members quickly navigate the board papers through a simplified agenda.”
Gwyneth Sakar, chair of Accent Group, said, “Using the iPad for reading and marking the reports was easy, and managing the information at the same time as chairing meetings was simpler than I expected.”
Accent also reported that the tablet-based system would result in considerable cost savings through reduced paper, copying and postage, and time spent compiling and distributing the board packs to members.