A white paper is a document to help in decision making. Often large, comprehensive and accurate, this document tackles a subject as a whole, defines the context and scope, contains the right set of questions to be answered and the different criterias. It is often enriched with examples, such as "customer cases".
A White Paper is the result of the work of several experts, synthesizing their knowledge and experience in a field. This type of document sets its author as a reference in its field.
A white paper will have more impact when it relates to a new area where strategic issues remain unanswered. Indeed, policy makers need help to arbitrate on issues they or their teams have not yet mastered:
The benefits for the author
A white paper synthesize knowledge on a subject, to make strategic choices. In the business world, but also in politics, administration of a public institutions, it is a base for developing action plans.
Benefits for the reader are numberous.
The author can also benefit from the creation of a white paper:
Recognition of his expertise
A white paper set the author as an authority in his field and add credibility to his level of expertise. This is what differentiates it from other types of communication materials or a press release.
If the author is an individual, the white paper becomes a personal marketing tool.
If the applicant is a legal person (business), it enhances the knowledge and know-how.
Disseminate a message
An expert may need to spread the message for several reasons:
pedagogical reasons: he wants to spread his knowledge, raise awareness about the importance of a subject ...
political or strategic reasons
commercial reasons: the need to sell a solution or expertise
How to manage the creation of a white paper?
Who are involved in the creation of a white paper?
The expert(s) of the subject. For a teamwork, a "leader" must be identified.
A person who has authority.
An editor: To ensure consistency and quality of writing, it is necessary to entrust the writing to a specialist.
A grahic designer: provide a graphic layout and graphic identity.
It is conceivable to use an external service provider for writing.