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.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 responsesall 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.
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.