Northridge Partners with City of Durham on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Intranet and Public Website

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The City of Durham, North Carolina selects Northridge to move forward with the deployment of an enterprise-wide intranet portal and public-facing internet site on the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform.

Northridge is pleased to announce that it has been partnering with the City of Durham, North Carolina to analyze, define, build and deploy an enterprise-wide intranet portal and public-facing internet site on the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform. The City of Durham intranet portal is being deployed to improve business operations by allowing city employees to leverage the SharePoint 2010 platform for business process automation and to improve communications and collaboration. The City of Durham public internet site is being deployed so as to improve communications with citizens while refreshing all messaging related to the city.

After issuing a request for proposal to contract with a single vendor, the City received and reviewed fourteen (14) proposals from various vendors. Upon further evaluation, in the summer of 2010, the City Council voted unanimously to select Northridge and move forward with the deployment of the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform. Northridge was chosen based on a variety of factors including its experience, its approach towards governance and training, and the SharePoint creative design and SharePoint user experience capabilities of the Northridge Interactive division.

“The decision to choose Northridge came down to several factors including its deep heritage of SharePoint projects both within the public as well as private sectors, its client references and onsite client visits, its governance and training approach, and its interactive SharePoint UX design capabilities,” commented Jeff Faucette, Senior Manager, Collaboration and Portals at the City of Durham.

Leveraging the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 technology platform to enhance collaboration and communication, Northridge and the City of Durham are now in the process of building a comprehensive employee intranet portal in addition to a refresh of the current City of Durham public website. The development and implementation of the SharePoint 2010 platform will establish a solid foundation and integrated server platform to provide web content management, enterprise content services and enterprise search, as well as shared business processes to the enterprise. The SharePoint 2010 intranet environment will be utilized by approximately one thousand eight hundred (1800) users and thirty three (33) departments.

At the conclusion of this engagement and the expected launch in the second half of 2011, the City of Durham will have a fully configured implementation of SharePoint 2010 where employees can collaborate and social network on the internal system through workspaces, tasks, My Sites, calendars, forums, surveys, blogs, and wikis; search for people, expertise, documents and knowledge across local and remote data stores; make use of enterprise content management features (document management, records management, web content management) to publish and manage documents and web content onto internal or external sites; complete online forms and leverage workflows for business process automation; and have a single point of access and interface to line of business applications.

By consolidating its collaboration solutions onto the SharePoint 2010 platform, the City of Durham is able to decrease training and maintenance expenses and improve compliance, business process and productivity within a single governable and compliant platform. At the conclusion of this initiative, the City of Durham will have a fully configured implementation of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 comprised of employee and citizen web portals, automated workflows and online forms and enterprise content management.

Northridge follows a proven, comprehensive business consulting approach to planning and implementing SharePoint, called Navigate™, which leverages the Northridge True North Methodology™, experience, and best practices. Utilizing the Navigate approach to define and validate the City of Durham’s expectations and requirements for the SharePoint intranet and public website solutions, Northridge is developing the City of Durham intranet and public website leveraging out-of-the-box SharePoint functionality, Northridge custom SharePoint functionality and third-party tool integration.

About Northridge Systems

Northridge Systems enables enterprise excellence through Collaboration, Productivity and Business Insight solutions. By combining pragmatic business consulting, advanced technology services, and proven delivery methodologies, Northridge delivers measurable long-term results for clients throughout North America. A nationally recognized award-winning firm, Northridge was founded in 1999 and is a Microsoft Managed Partner and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.
Northridge clients range from well-established firms to Global 2000 companies including industry leaders such as Acuity Brands, Allstate, Atlanta Gas Light, Autotrader.com, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Goodwill Industries, Microsoft, Newell Rubbermaid, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless, The Coca-Cola Company, and W.C. Bradley.

In assisting clients to reach their business goals, Northridge leverages leading-edge Microsoft technologies including Microsoft SharePoint Server, PerformancePoint Services, FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), SQL Server, .NET Framework, Windows Azure, System Center, and Windows Server.

Northridge Systems (http://www.northridgesystems.com) is a division of Northridge.

For more information regarding this press release, you may contact Taylor Leighton via email at taylor.leighton@northridge.com.

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