Formicary Brings New Level of Real-Time Collaboration to Microsoft SharePoint

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Embedding Group Chat into Microsoft SharePoint transforms knowledge sharing across the business, increasing value of the information portal

"Embedding Group Chat into SharePoint will bring greater value to both offerings and creates more scope for collaborative working across the business"

Formicary Intelligent Collaboration Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a provider of real-time collaboration solutions, is adding a new dimension to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 which will transform how knowledge is gathered, accessed and shared in the information portal. Formicary WebChat for Microsoft SharePoint will bring real-time collaboration to the SharePoint environment by embedding the multi-party discussions of Persistent Group Chat into the portal, thereby strengthening SharePoint's community element.

By its very nature, SharePoint is a web-based tool for sharing information, calendars and other related data between users in multiple locations. Meanwhile, Persistent Group Chat - one of the features of Microsoft Corp.'s unified communications platform, Microsoft Lync Server 2010 - can be a hotbed of timely, informal yet business-critical discussions as it allows users to have topic-based, multi-party conversations that persist over time.

Using Persistent Group Chat with SharePoint will combine the best of both worlds - providing context for the Chat discussions while bringing additional relevant and worthwhile content into SharePoint. This will ultimately encourage users to view the SharePoint environment as the 'go-to' portal for timely information and increase its value for the business further.

Developed in partnership with Redburn Partners, one of the largest independent pan-European institutional equities brokers, Formicary WebChat for SharePoint will automatically expose Persistent Group Chat discussions when SharePoint is accessed. This will enable users to join conversations, share information and contribute content to SharePoint without having to switch between clients.

Commenting on the impact Formicary WebChat has had on his organisation, Peter Culver, IT Manager, Redburn Partners says, "Formicary WebChat for SharePoint has added integrity to our SharePoint. Without it, we felt that we were scraping the surface of what SharePoint is really capable of. Now our teams are sharing ideas and calling on information like never before. Our sales teams and analysts are able to work more cohesively, quickly and effectively, ensuring maximum value for our clients."

"While SharePoint can provide the context to facilitate knowledge sharing, WebChat for SharePoint strengthens the community element of the portal by making it easier to initiate and drive discussions," adds Gavin Adam, head of product management, Formicary. "As Group Chat can capture informal knowledge in a searchable, reusable format and transform it into valuable intellectual capital, including Chat discussions within the SharePoint environment will bring dimension to the application and encourage greater real-time collaboration and knowledge sharing across the business in the process."

"Formicary WebChat for SharePoint provides a valuable solution," said BJ Haberkorn, Lync group product manager at Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft is excited to be working with Formicary to make it even easier for organisations to bring the benefits of Microsoft Lync 2010's Persistent Group Chat into the wider business. Embedding Group Chat into SharePoint will bring greater value to both offerings and creates more scope for collaborative working across the business."

Formicary WebChat for SharePoint is available now and can bring the benefits of Group Chat to any organisation using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Of these organisations, many may already be licensed to use Group Chat as part of their existing Microsoft Lync Server 2010 or Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 license agreement. For more information, please contact Angeline Cheng at angeline(dot)cheng(at)formicary(dot)net

About Formicary

Formicary Intelligent Collaboration Group is a leading provider of real-time team collaboration solutions. Formicary's software solutions are specifically designed to extend the value of instant messaging and Persistent Group Chat. Formicary works with many of the primary adopters of Group Chat, including most of the Tier One global investment banks, facilitating better collaboration between both internal and external users to enhance the business through increased knowledge sharing and reduced operational costs.
Formicary is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and its suite of solutions are fully compatible with Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Founded in 2000, Formicary has offices in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

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A white paper entitled 'The art of building corporate communities' by Gavin Adam, head of product development, Formicary Intelligent Collaboration Group is available on request.

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