With the platform, businesses can share documents, track document updates, connect with colleagues and check their real-time status.
Social email software
provider Harmon.ie announced Harmon.ie for SharePoint 3.0, a platform that
aggregates collaboration tools and social enterprise networks into a sidebar
within Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. Designed to remove barriers to user
adoption of Microsoft SharePoint as well as to bring a social component to
document creation, harmon.ie enables users to collaborate with colleagues and
external contacts without leaving the email interface where they spend their
workday. Related tasks can be also be completed from the same window,
eliminating the need to switch applications.
With Harmon.ie for
SharePoint 3.0, business users can share documents and track document updates,
connect with colleagues and check their real-time status, initiate phone/chat/video/email
communications, build their enterprise social graph and more-all from within
email. The company said this strategy of connecting people and documents via
"social documents" eliminates the navigation that can discourage
widespread use of collaboration tools.
that the way we work today hampers efficient document authoring and editing,
and therefore overall business agility. Business users working on a contract
should be able to check the status of a document draft, initiate a phone call
or chat with the person editing the document from one window," said Yaacov
Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Harmon.ie. "harmon.ie 3.0 brings all of these
processes into the email interface for improved efficiency and team
New features accessible
through this view include an activity stream providing both document and people
status updates, marking the first time that a multithreaded activity stream
format has been incorporated into email and the ability to open documents as
well as view detailed user profiles from the activity stream, allowing users to
perform these tasks without leaving the email interface.
Other features include
one-click phone, chat, video conference and/or email connectivity to colleagues
from the activity stream, including support for Microsoft Lync/OCS, Lotus
Sametime and Cisco UC, which eliminates the need to change windows to initiate
communications, and a "suggested colleagues" feature that helps users
expand their enterprise social graph by recommending additional connections
based on their contact history, including email, chat and document co-editing.
One recent industry survey
found that distractions waste at least one hour a day or $10,375 per person
annually, costing more than $10 million per year for businesses with 1,000
employees. The same distractions were also shown to negatively affect work
output, work quality and client relationships. In addition, according to
Forrester Research, only 8 percent of end-users working in companies that have
implemented enterprise social networks use those social software tools. These
user-adoption gaps stem largely from the multiple steps and window navigation
involved in completing tasks.
bridging the gap between email and SharePoint, Continental is enabling seamless
document collaboration that is critical to help us break the cycle of
'knowledge monopolies' and leverage the collective intelligence of all 80,000
information workers," said Juergen Hagg, head of the department for global
applications and solutions at Continental AG, an automotive supplier that is
rolling Harmon.ie out to 80,000 users.