Microsoft Business Solutions has announced the availability of Microsoft Business Solutions Business Portal 2.0. Integrated with Microsoft Business Solutions-Great Plains and Microsoft Business Solutions-Solomon business applications, the new release is intended to help organizations further extend their financial management solutions, providing opportunities for greater business information- and process-sharing for employees.
The major enhancement to Microsoft Business Portal 2.0 is the adoption of Windows SharePoint Services as its foundation, meaning Microsoft Business Portal can now offer SharePoint Web Parts such as document libraries, calendars, announcements, and others to record activities, share and edit documents, track meeting notes, and provide links to other relevant sites. In addition, SharePoint Web Parts created by other developers can be deployed through Microsoft Business Portal 2.0. Employees will be able to share and collaborate on documents, create new pages more easily, add Microsoft Excel graphs to portal pages, add sites for projects and meetings, and connect with external data sources.
Enhancements also have been made to the Human Resource Management (HRM) Self Service Suite, available to U.S. users of Microsoft Great Plains. These include Multi-Level Direct Reports and Performance Review functionality, providing managers with a holistic view of an employee's progress. Microsoft Solomon customers can also use the new Payroll Time and Attendance module, enabling employees to enter timecards through Microsoft Business Portal.
Microsoft Business Portal is available as part of Microsoft Great Plains and Microsoft Solomon (U.S. edition) in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Microsoft Business Portal user access licenses are now priced at $20 to $40 per user based on the number of licenses purchased, with a $40,000 unlimited employee user license.