Richard Grigonis | January 22, 2009 - Executive Editor, IP Communications Group
For those small businesses terrified by the thought of implementing an Outlook/Exchange installation on premise, there are a number of interesting collaborative communication suites that are hosted online, such as Joyent, WebOffice and HyperOffice (News - Alert), the latter a Microsoft Exchange alternative (launched in 1998) that has all of the functionality of Outlook/Exchange but developed and priced for small to mid-sized companies. HyperOffice has Web-based email, a calendar, contact list manager, and various collaboration functions, such as a discussion forum and a website publishing tool.
HyperOffice now even works with the iPhone (News - Alert), thus transforming it into a business collaboration tool that can be used to share data with business associates or clients as you roam about. Your data is always kept backed up, so system failures won’t drive you crazy. You can also access your data (contacts, calendar, tasks) in Outlook from wherever you are with your iPhone. Moreover, email can be directed to the iPhone via HyperOffice's IMAP client. Finally, the iPhone can be used as a vital component in the construction of intranets and extranets (indeed, the intranet/extranet pages can be optimized for the iPhone), without the need to share or manage SharePoint.
And now, HyperOffice has previewed a new version of HyperOffice Site Publisher that seamlessly integrates into IBM (News - Alert) Bluehouse, the suite of hosted online business services that enables employees, business partners and other users to share documents, collaborate on team projects, host online meetings, and build social-networking communities.
HyperOffice Site Publisher gives internal staff and teams of employees, remote and mobile workers, customers , consultants, suppliers and business partners who collaborate online via “cloud computing” the ability to quickly design, build, publish and deploy browser-based intranets, extranets and web-site portals that organize and manage shared documents, information, tasks, events, projects and other information.
It operates as a Sharepoint alternative for smaller and growing companies - focused on ease of use and implementation, functionality and cost savings over Microsoft (News - Alert) Sharepoint, which is targeted more toward the needs of large enterprise organizations.
HyperOffice Site Publisher supplies a library of templates and tools to create custom portal pages with drag-and-drop simplicity, without requiring html knowledge.
HyperOffice is an award-winning online collaboration and messaging solution that makes it easier for owners, employees, clients, partners and suppliers of growing businesses to collaborate, communicate, plan projects, share documents, schedule meetings and tasks, and manage information, anytime, from work, from home, while traveling, using any Internet connection. In operates as a Microsoft Exchange alternative - with all the functionality but developed and priced for small to mid-sized companies.
The new version of HyperOffice Site Publisher is scheduled for delivery to all HyperOffice and IBM Bluehouse users as software-as-a-service during the first quarter of 2009.
Richard Grigonis is Executive Editor of TMC (News - Alert)�s IP Communications Group. To read more of Richard’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
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