Hummingbird Ltd., a provider of integrated enterprise content management (ECM) and network connectivity solutions, and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has announced an enhanced strategic relationship with Microsoft and its plans to deliver technology integrations with the scalability and functionality of Hummingbird Enterprise on the Microsoft platform. Hummingbird Enterprise solutions on the Microsoft platform are designed to allow users to implement critical content lifecycle solutions such as contract management, deal management, and compliance using the Microsoft environment. In particular, Hummingbird Enterprise Client for Microsoft Outlook enables users to organize, manage, and work with mission critical business content from within Microsoft Office XP and Outlook 2003.
Features of this integration include: access to Hummingbird Enterprise through Outlook, SharePoint Portal Server, Office, and Microsoft Internet Explorer; native support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005; commitment to the Microsoft .NET strategy; early support of the next release of Microsoft Office products code-named Microsoft Office "12"; and Hummingbird Content Drive, a feature that provides kernel level integration between the Microsoft desktop and the Hummingbird Enterprise repository, and the ability to natively support linked documents such as Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheets.
Hummingbird has also announced that it has formed a Customer Advisory Board. The Board will work with Hummingbird to contribute to the company's market and product requirements and provide ongoing consultation and feedback. Participation in the Board includes customers based in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The primary goal of the Board will be to better enable Hummingbird to address specific content-centric business challenges facing organizations today. Key areas to be addressed by the Board at the first meeting will include: Business issues specific to each industry sector; Business issues that cross industries; Key technology issues that organizations are facing; and Updating Board members on Hummingbird's planned product strategies in each industry. Board members will have the opportunity to provide their feedback about these activities.