In a world where data is the king and data is king, it’s no wonder why virtual data rooms are becoming an essential tool for a lot of businesses. They facilitate the secure and efficient storage and sharing of documents among employees and external parties. While we typically consider VDRs with M&A and due diligence, they can be used for a lot more than that. For instance, companies often choose to form strategic partnerships with other companies as a means to produce new goods or expand into new markets, and those partnerships require lots of document sharing.

Vendors were quick to recognize the opportunity when the demand for VDRs increased and developed solutions to satisfy this demand. VDR providers are today more sophisticated than they were at the beginning. At first, the majority of the solutions built on their connections to Financial Printing companies. Intralinks RR Donnelly Merrills each had their own data rooms solutions and Sterling launched the iRooms.

According to IBISWorld the revenues generated by this type of software was $800 million in 2017. Some companies provide basic software with no customer assistance, training or support. Some companies have a dedicated staff available to assist customers and offer an array of tools that simplify the M&A processes.

CapLinked is a great example. The platform lets users access and manage the data they require to conduct a transaction anytime, anywhere using any device. Its capabilities include the ability to create multiple projects, control access using custom permissions, add NDAs, apply watermarks and branding, add notes or questions for each project and create automatic indexing. CapLinked allows you to create reports that are sent out automatically. CapLinked you can also schedule reports to be sent to users via email so that they are aware of any changes made to the project at any time.