Although alliance systems can lead to great cost and time savings, it is important to pay particular attention to internal communications and authorisation systems.
It can take a lot longer to get information circulated or authorisations done properly compared to if everyone was from the one company.
Verification of designs can be particularly time consuming as the designs may need to pass between lots of departments.
It can help to indicate clearly on the communications or forms who is responsible for replying or taking action, when that action is due by, and who they should return it to or pass it on to when they are completed. For other people copied in the communication, make sure it is clear that they are only copied for information only and do not need to act or reply.
Keeping urgent or important labels for truly important communications can speed the process.
If necessary, make a, simple to follow, one page procedure for processing documents (so that people can know what to do easily).