The edition enables Notes users to bring SharePoint functionality into their email environment by uniting the platforms.
email software provider Harmon.ie announced the availability of the Lotus Notes
edition of Harmon.ie for SharePoint 3.0, a platform that aggregates Microsoft
SharePoint collaboration and social tools into an email sidebar for easier
access. The edition enables Notes users to bring SharePoint functionality into
their email environment by uniting the IBM and Microsoft platforms.
shops such as consumer products company Amway, global power and automation
technologies group ABB, and utility American Water are using this strategy to
integrate SharePoint and Notes to streamline work efforts.
available for Microsoft Outlook, Harmon.ie facilitates business collaboration
and enterprise social networking by simplifying SharePoint usage for business
users who have difficulty with the multistep navigation. With Harmon.ie,
business users can complete common SharePoint tasks through the email window.
Harmon.ie for SharePoint 3.0 adds new "social document" features that
further streamline collaboration by providing one-click connectivity between
people and documents. The platform supports Microsoft Office 365 as well as
other Microsoft cloud offerings such as Microsoft SharePoint Online, hosted
solutions for SharePoint 2010, Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0.
features include an activity stream providing both document and people status
updates, marking the first time that this information is available in a multithreaded
activity stream format; 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; and one-click phone, chat, videoconference
and/or email connectivity to colleagues from the activity stream, including
support for Microsoft Lync/OCS, Lotus Sametime and Cisco UC. Also
included is 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.
we found Harmon.ie, we were facing a major IT gap. We were launching a global
collaboration program for 124,000 users around the globe with SharePoint, Team
Spaces and a global directory, but we had no way to integrate those functions
with Notes. We knew that would hamper adoption because our employees are
accustomed to collaborating through email," said Chen Zuo, project manager
for Zurich-based ABB. "With Harmon.ie bringing SharePoint functionality
into email, we achieved significant use of our new tools, creation of 2,400
online team sites, and improved dialogue within and beyond teams in just the
first 12 months."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.