Pacific Swimming Selects ShareMethods

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ShareMethods powers access for collaborative document management and fund raising outreach for a leading non-profit organization.

ShareMethods (http://www.sharemethods.com) today announced the selection of its on-demand service by Pacific Swimming for a deployment by its non-profit organization. With most documents and work processes handled informally today via email, many organizations now find they need a better way. ShareMethods delivers an improved solution via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to securely manage, share, and distribute sales, marketing, and support materials. Content such as sales presentations, proposals, marketing collateral, support information, and partner documents can be easily posted and accessed on a worldwide basis. The announcement for the selection of ShareMethods by Pacific Swimming was made today at the Red Herring Spring 2007 Conference: Ten Years of Innovation and Disruption.

Pacific Swimming needed a centralized document library which could be accessed by its team members and volunteer workforce which is distributed across multiple cities and states in the US. There was a requirement to tightly link Pacific Swimming's CRM solution salesforce.com into an advanced document management service which could be accessed quickly and easily by team members on a 24 x 7 basis via a web browser interface. Pacific Swimming needed a tool to support collaborative development of its annual swim guide and to support document management requirements for its mission critical outreach efforts.

Pacific Swimming deployed ShareNow for AppExchange to provide advanced document management and collaboration services on-demand to its distributed volunteer workforce. A combined solution of salesforce.com and ShareNow for AppExchange was used by Pacific Swimming enabling an enterprise mash-up of CRM and document management on-demand. The solution was deployed to team members distributed across California and Nevada. ShareMethods provided free licenses and support services to enable the ShareNow for AppExchange deployment.

Don Power, Chairman of Pacific Swimming, stated that: "We used ShareMethods for our most recent project--our annual swim guide; this guide compiles information and documents, maintained by a variety of volunteers, for all club and individual members. ShareMethods enabled everyone with a stake in any section of the guide to review, log comments, and approve those sections before publication. The service was incredibly useful and popular". He also added: "With ShareMethods, Pacific Swimming has been better able to coordinate efforts of its outreach committee, a committee spread throughout Northern California. It helps us to manage forms, including requests for funding that are received, as well as to track the documented progress of the programs that they support. ShareMethods' Internet document management services are integral to our ability to manage the expansion of our outreach efforts."

ShareMethods provides powerful capabilities for customers to securely manage and distribute sales, marketing, and support materials. Capabilities include full document version control, review and approval workflows, user roles and permissions, Google-like full text search, customizable sales and marketing taxonomies, linking of documents to CRM data, desktop integration, community ratings and user reviews, and deep integration with salesforce.com. Customers can quickly deploy sales, marketing, and support knowledge centers that can be securely shared across an extended network of users inside and outside of a company. ShareMethods provides its hosted service via a SAS 70 Type II data center, offering high levels of reliability, redundancy, and security.

"ShareMethods is honored by the selection of Pacific Swimming to empower its distributed team with on-demand document collaboration" says Eric Hoffert, CEO of ShareMethods. "We'd like to encourage the support of Pacific Swimming and their work to make the world a better place. Hopefully through our support we can help them achieve their goals more quickly, easily, and of course more cost-effectively. Pacific Swimming joins the ShareMethods global user community realizing benefits from the use of our on-demand services."

On May 3, at the Red Herring Spring 2007 Conference (in Monterey, California) in a Keynote Roundtable session, ShareMethods' CEO Eric Hoffert will be discussing the growing trend to move document creation, management, and sharing online via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. This trend reflects significant improvements in the ease of securely sharing and accessing documents and content anywhere, anyplace, and anytime.

About Pacific Swimming
Pacific Swimming is a local committee of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of competitive swimming. Pacific Swimming is a nonprofit representing more than 17,000 athletes and is supported by hundreds of volunteers located in Northern California and Nevada. Pacific Swimming funds swimming programs and community pools in areas of need. One of the programs proudly funded by Pacific Swimming is the Oakland Community Pools Project. Swimming skills are considered not only fitness skills by Pacific Swimming, but also life saving skills, both of which are vitally important to children across the country. Pacific Swimming also seeks to develop swimming skills for minorities and underprivileged children, where there is an especially significant need to develop swimming and life saving skills. More information on Pacific Swimming can be found at http://www.pacswim.org

About ShareMethods
With ShareMethods, sales and marketing teams can store, manage, and share documents easily and securely, collaborating with extended selling networks to close more business, providing a cost-effective alternative to developing and supporting a sales and marketing intranet or extranet. ShareMethods combines advanced document management, collaboration, and CRM integration into powerful on-demand solutions. The "Sales and Marketing Portal in a Box" approach can cost less than one tenth of the price of traditional enterprise software. ShareMethods received an "Excellent" rating for usability from eWeek and scored 9 out of 10 for "Ease of Use, Implementation, and Value" from InfoWorld. The company was recognized together with salesforce.com in the InfoWorld Top 100 for one of the Best IT Projects of 2004 and as one of the CRM WizKids for 2006 by noted CRM analyst Denis Pombriant. ShareMethods provides on-demand services to more than 200 companies on a global basis with users in 32 countries. Customers include BusinessWeek (a division of McGraw-Hill Companies), CNET Channel (a division of CNET Networks), salesforce.com, HID Corp., JMJ Associates, TI Broadcast Solutions Group, Evolution Benefits, and others. ShareMethods services include ShareMethods, ShareNow for AppExchange, and ShareDrive OnDemand, Visit http://www.sharemethods.com or call 1-877-SHARENOW for more information.

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