REDMOND, Wash., March 28, 2001 — Thirteen of the world’s leading systems integrators today announced plans to enable enterprises to rapidly deploy Microsoft® SharePoint™
Portal Server. These SharePoint Portal Server Global Launch Partners — Avanade Inc., Cambridge Management Consulting GmbH, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC, Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., ePresence Inc., Getronics NV, Hewlett-Packard Co., Honeywell Inc., International Computers Ltd. (ICL), Internosis, KSolutions Inc. and Unisys Corp. — will all offer dedicated services and solutions designed to assist customers with their enterprise deployments of SharePoint Portal Server. The news coincides with Microsoft’s announcement today of the release to manufacturing of the enterprise portal solution, which is scheduled to be broadly available later this spring.
SharePoint Portal Server is a flexible solution that can search and index the most important enterprise content sources across an organization and make the information available to anyone in the company via a familiar user interface. The new server combines enterprise-level search functionality developed by Microsoft research, with integrated document management tools and flexible, easily customizable enterprise portal capabilities. Knowledge workers can create their own personal dashboards to view the information they use regularly, such as their Outlook® inbox, calendar and important files made viewable through Web Parts.
Microsoft has completed extensive development and testing efforts for SharePoint Portal Server, including implementing the solution across Microsoft’s company intranet.
“Companies increasingly view corporate portals as highly leveraged investments which enable employees to respond to the needs of their customers by unlocking knowledge stored within the organization and on the Internet,”
said Jeff Teper, general manager of the SharePoint Portal Server business unit at Microsoft.
“These SharePoint Portal Server Global Launch Partners, representing the leading systems integration companies in the industry, have the expertise to field dedicated SharePoint Portal Server consulting practices and provide customers with the resources to rapidly realize the benefits of a corporate portal.”
Systems integrators have embraced SharePoint Portal Server as an important business tool for customers and are building dedicated solutions and services to help their customers quickly deploy the product. The 13 SharePoint Portal Server Global Launch Partners below have announced dedicated solutions and services for the product:
Avanade plans to offer consulting services based on SharePoint Portal Server in each of its 17 global Development Centers and is developing solutions to deploy and customize the product to meet the needs of enterprise customers.
Cambridge Management Consulting plans to offer a set of tailored solutions designed to help clients leverage and harvest knowledge and drive productivity. These solutions will include templates for employee skills and knowledge tracking and industry-specific information portals.
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young will be providing a broad set of SharePoint Portal Server deployment services and solutions in support of its worldwide clientele.
Compaq is developing a suite of services to optimize the SharePoint Portal Server, has opened three global SharePoint Portal Server Solutions Centers, and is training 150 consultants in its Compaq Global Services division. Compaq is also developing fully tested and recommended ProLiant server configurations to provide an optimized server platform for the new solutions.
Dell will offer a dedicated consulting practice around SharePoint Portal Server as well as a factory-based installation of the product on Dell servers.
ePresence will offer clients a five-step planning and deployment program that includes strategic development, needs assessment, document taxonomy definition and portal customization.
Getronics services for SharePoint Portal Server will include business transformation, application integration, and application management and support services to develop business solutions.
Hewlett-Packard Services’ technology consultants will assist midsize and large enterprise organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific by providing consulting services and customized end-to-end solutions based on SharePoint Portal Server.
Honeywell will have a set of trained consultants to assist customers who adopt SharePoint Portal Server with their Uniformance deployments.
ICL will offer services and solutions including the design and delivery of SharePoint Portal Server-based portal and indexing solutions, and integration with existing and application-oriented document management systems.
Internosis will offer a five-day consulting engagement designed to help customers jump-start their SharePoint Portal Server deployments. Participating companies will work with Internosis technical consultants to assess infrastructure readiness; install, configure and test the SharePoint Portal Server workspace; and conduct user training and knowledge transfer.
KSolutions will offer a suite of project and work-force management solutions built on SharePoint Portal Server.
Unisys will offer a framework of solutions, built on SharePoint Portal Server, designed to assist government agencies in improving their business processes.
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