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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-02 Print this article Print

Among the partner solutions to be showcased this week is one from EDS, which has built an HR Office System solution aimed at reducing the costs associated with human resources processes. The solution, built on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 and the XML support in Microsoft Office 2003, enables companies to reduce costs by consolidating and automating many HR-related business processes and create a self-assistance HR platform. Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, has developed a solution known as the Factiva News Search, which allows information workers to conduct research on Factivas collection of nearly 8,000 news and business information sources directly from a report or presentation they are creating.
HP is updating its eLearning Portal to take advantage of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies and Microsoft Office 2003. Using the updated solution, parents will be able to communicate more effectively with teachers and track their childrens attendance, homework status and grades. Students will be able to collaborate with one other on school projects; and teachers and administrators will be able to access and leverage existing information and knowledge to develop curricula for their students.
Xerox, for its part, is combining XML-based Smart Documents in Microsoft Office 2003 with its 20-year history of studying document lifecycle management to build customer-centric solutions that reduce costs by automating processes associated with document creation, publishing and management. One solution, created for Continental Airlines Inc., will automate processes and reduce time required for the dissemination of maintenance updates for its maintenance work force by more than 80 percent, improving productivity and saving Continental more than $60,000 each month. Another solution will allow customers of McGraw Hill Construction to mine information directly from a Web site and use that information for business development and task management of bid responses—all within the Office 2003 environment. Xerox also expects to launch a full slate of industry-specific and business problem-targeted solutions based on the new Office System concurrent with the release of Office 2003, the company said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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