Is there a difference between the terms ‘sharing‘ and ‘sending‘? Dictionary.comstates there is a difference but software developers don't know there that their SHOULD be a difference.
Sharing implies a log in by two parties to exchange information and data, real time collaboration to SHARE data and documents. But over 95% of the business scenarios that employ a sharing technological solution, really just need to SEND. Sending now with a technology like Botdoc (www.botdoc.io), is removing one of the parties from the equation and the new party now on the system can remote collect and send to the other party.
Sharing, with regards to digital technology is “a digital file or document that can be assessed by specific users for viewing, downloading or making changes to, and Sending is just, to “convey or transfer”, where the sending party no longer has access to the item sent. It really sounds the same but there is a small distinction that makes a HUGE difference in they cyber world. And today the terms are being used synonymously and that is causing a lot of problems. Sharing versus sending is not a concept until now.
Sharing is two parties with the same access to the same item (a document) at the same time to simultaneously share information at the same time. But over 95% of the time, sharing is not needed. Sending is what was really needed, just to convey or transfer the document. So when we implement technology, we are using sharing technology to convey or send a document.
Some people reading this are thinking I'm crazy and ask what the heck I'm talking about (like my wife), but let me propose this:
If you are imposing a sharing requirement on a sending situation (let that sink in), then your business is not as efficient or as effective as you should be. You are putting too much friction between you and the other party.
To better explain, let's suppose you were applying for a loan (car, home, personal or other, doesn’t matter), and your soon to be lender asked you to “send” in several documents. And to ensure security they asked you to upload them by logging into their portal and uploading them. Sounds good. Then the next questions come in from you: How do I set up an account? Where do I go? What app do I download? When I login in, where do I go? Or my favorite “I'm locked out of my account, can you help me? I’m sure I could have faxed in the items (if I owned afax) or use some SFTP site. All of these are great and work but they suck. Why?….because they are imposing sharing technologies on a sending situation.
Imagine your lender instead saying I’m sending you a text or email and you can send me back whatever I need without pins, passwords, logins, accounts, apps or software to download. And it goes right into your account file…just as if you had logged in and done it yourself but you never had to log in! And now that document you sent in, doesn’t exist in the Botdoc system. Once its been delivered it gets deleted.
Botdocis using a sending technology to solve a sending problem. That’s why Botdoc rocks and is the future of secure digital transportation.