Project leadership firm improves employee communication and reduces IT costs with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Steady growth challenged Point B staff members’ ability to efficiently communicate and collaborate. A company portal based on Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003 became difficult to use and expensive to maintain after repeated customizations.
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      As participants in the Microsoft Office Rapid Deployment Technology Adoption Program, Point B contacted Saltmine, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, to explore new functionality available in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Of special interest to Point B was Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, which offers needed capabilities such as workflow and document management, right out of the box.

      As the foundation of Point B’s new portal, Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides enhanced enterprise search capabilities that speed employee time-to-knowledge. Business Data Catalog exposes line of business information to SharePoint and Knowledge Network discovers tacit knowledge in the company. Improved integration of SharePoint Server 2007 with the Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007 messaging and collaboration client allows Point B to push relevant information to workers through their inboxes.

      To automate workflows and reduce process missteps and miscommunications, Point B is using the information-gathering features of Microsoft Office InfoPath® 2007 and InfoPath Forms Services. Office InfoPath 2007 enforces data collection rules, provides automated next steps through web based forms, and integrates with Office SharePoint Server 2007 to provide searchable archives of forms data.

      Point B is looking forward to using automated workflows and its easier-to-use portal to more efficiently serve clients. Plus, the more capable portal means less IT development, freeing the IT staff to focus on creating new service-enhancing solutions.
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