Hummingbird Extends its Legendary Ease of Use with Seamless Integration to Microsoft® SharePoint® Products and Technologies
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Press release date: August 21, 2006
Hummingbird Enterprise(TM) eDOCS for SharePoint provides seamless access to content managed by Hummingbird
TORONTO, ON and ILTA '06, ORLANDO, FL, Aug. 21 -- Hummingbird Ltd. (NASDAQ:HUMC)(NASDAQ:TSX:)(NASDAQ:HUM), a leading global provider of integrated enterprise content management (ECM) and network connectivity solutions, today announced the general availability of Hummingbird Enterprise(TM) eDOCS for Microsoft® SharePoint® which provides seamless access to and interaction with content managed by Hummingbird Enterprise through Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. eDOCS for Microsoft SharePoint will also integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 when it is launched.
eDOCS for Microsoft SharePoint enables organizations to further leverage their investment in Hummingbird Enterprise, by providing workers using SharePoint Technologies with seamless access to Hummingbird's robust document management and records management capabilities in support of regulatory compliance.
eDOCS for Microsoft SharePoint is a collection of customizable Web Parts which expose the rich functionality of Hummingbird Enterprise within Microsoft Office SharePoint environments, providing a central point of access to documents, folders, and workspaces and exposing Hummingbird's leading full text search capabilities through SharePoint products and technologies. It offers fully customizable document/folder views based on secure metadata and login access rights.
"Hummingbird has a strong heritage of providing the best application integration with the Microsoft platform. In addition to fully leveraging Microsoft SQL Server as the underlying content repository platform for Hummingbird Enterprise, Hummingbird continues to deliver innovative solutions to ensure that organizations can make more efficient use of the Microsoft technology stack," said Alp Hug, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Hummingbird Ltd. "eDOCS for Microsoft SharePoint will provide our joint customers with the ability to leverage Hummingbird Enterprise through Microsoft SharePoint, allowing information workers to further extend their productivity."
"Hummingbird's rich expertise building solutions for Fortune 100 companies around the world is well known," said Kurt DelBene, Corporate Vice President of the Office Business Platform Group at Microsoft. "Together with the investments we're making with the 2007 Office system, Hummingbird's customers will be able to realize the benefits of having the content they need at the tips of their fingers, within a single environment, so they can make better business decisions."
With more than 700 attorneys and other professionals in 10 U.S. offices and a global reach throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Canada, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP serves many of the world's largest and best-known businesses, nonprofits and individuals. "Our Firm's information management goals require integrating information from multiple firm systems. We use our Web Portal as the delivery vehicle where these assets, the firm's collective knowledge about people, companies, relationships, experience and expertise, intersect in an attorney-preferred desktop view," said Andy Jurczyk, Chief Information Officer at Sonnenschein. "We partnered with both Microsoft and Hummingbird to develop a Web portal platform using and integrating the latest technologies from both companies. The portal provides our attorneys with the flexibility to organize information into client, matter and practice-centric views for optimal productivity and client service.
"We are contemplating integrating Hummingbird's LegalKEY Records Management within our SharePoint portal for transparency into client records as well as e-filing capabilities. Further, we are planning new client extranets as well as Web site advances all as a direct result of our work with Microsoft and Hummingbird and the synergies among their product offerings," adds Jurczyk.
Taylor Vinters, a leading regional UK law firm and long established Hummingbird user will be deploying the newly released Hummingbird eDocs for Microsoft SharePoint as part of a major development they are undertaking to deliver combined CRM, financial and document information to all staff, facilitating improved working efficiencies and better customer contact and service.
"Software such as Hummingbird Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics and SharePoint Portal have opened up fantastic possibilities for IT to deliver to the firm real tangible benefits in improving the firm's access to information," said Steve Sumner, Director of IT at Taylor Vinters. "The ability to interface Microsoft's SharePoint platform with Hummingbird technology will be a key benefit for us. It will enable people to call up in an instant a list of documents for a client and work on them, all with a simple search, and not only documents but CRM and financial information as well. That all translates to real financial benefits by making us more efficient in doing what we do with Microsoft SharePoint Server, while Hummingbird Enterprise addresses all of our document management needs.
"That holy grail of integrated IT at the front of the house is coming closer with Hummingbird and Microsoft joined together. Our ongoing investment in their technology is ready to spring us forward," added Sumner.
Located in Brussels, the EFTA Surveillance Authority was formed to ensure that European Economic Area (EEA) rules are properly enacted and applied by the EFTA States, which include Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EFTA Surveillance Authority is currently evaluating eDocs for Microsoft SharePoint in order to implement a system that enables two way electronic communication with external parties and the Authority. This comprises both uploading of information by external parties and publishing of structured and unstructured content for search and retrieval purposes.
"For us, the principal value we see in the integration is the easy way that we may integrate our internal Hummingbird Enterprise document management system in different situations and be able to expose only a subset of the content to external parties. We plan to implement subsites that general users may use for accessing information that is non-confidential," said Battista Vailati, Officer, Information Technology for the EFTA Surveillance Authority. "Additionally, by leveraging our Hummingbird document management repository through Microsoft SharePoint, we will be able to create these subsites considerably faster than in the past."
Hummingbird partner, Eli Rotenberg, from Systematics Ltd. states: "Hummingbird has done a good job exposing the functionality of Hummingbird Enterprise DM from within the Microsoft SharePoint environment. From the perspective of an end user, the integration is quite intuitive and will not require any special training for those who are familiar with Hummingbird Enterprise DM. From the point of view of the system administrator, installation and configuration of the integrated technologies is straight forward and user-friendly."
Hummingbird will be demonstrating Microsoft SharePoint integration at booth # 306/308 at the International Legal Technology Association '06 conference to be held August 21-24 at Grand Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.
About Hummingbird Enterprise(TM)
Hummingbird Enterprise provides an integrated platform for enterprise content management that provides global organizations with solutions to manage business interaction information such as documents, records, virtual deal room exchanges, discussions, e-mail or financial data - linking business processes, information and people. Hummingbird solutions are designed as modular applications that are fully interoperable with each other, enabling customers to incrementally build an enterprise content management solution to meet their evolving information needs in a cost effective manner.
Hummingbird Ltd. is a leading global provider of enterprise software solutions. The Company's enterprise software solutions fall into two principal categories: enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, and network connectivity solutions. Hummingbird's ECM solutions enable organizations to manage the lifecycle of enterprise content from creation to disposition, thereby enabling organizations to address critical business needs, such as information management, business continuity, compliance and risk mitigation. The network connectivity solutions provide a comprehensive set of core network technologies that enables the enterprise to connect to any type of legacy system.
Founded in 1984, Hummingbird employs over 1,400 people and serves more than 33,000 customers, including 90% of Fortune 100 companies. Hummingbird solutions are sold directly from 40 offices worldwide and through an Alliance Network of partners and resellers. For more information, visit http://www.hummingbird.com/.
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