September 10, 2008
Meridian Systems Announces Proliance Navigator for Microsoft Outlook
Meridian Systems, a software solutions leader for improving capital program and construction project performance, announced today the availability of Proliance(R) Navigator for Microsoft Outlook, an optional add-on product for both existing and new Proliance customers. Proliance Navigator enables Proliance users to seamlessly navigate through data stored in their project management system using the familiar Microsoft Outlook user interface.
"Converging enterprise applications and desktop tools such as those found in Microsoft's Office Suite make data needed for decision-making more easily accessible," said Cindy Jutras, vice president and group director, Aberdeen Group, a leading provider of fact-based research focused on the global technology-driven value chain. "Meridian Systems is among the first enterprise application vendors to deliver on this new technology wave sweeping towards convergence."
Proliance Navigator was developed as an Office Business Application (OBA), a technology that helps bridge the gap between users who want to leverage their existing desktop productivity tools, while allowing organizations to keep all project data visible and secure in one centralized project database. This combination can enable users to work more efficiently, reduce risk and work in a familiar environment.
"CIO's want enterprise systems that are easy to adopt by their user community to ensure their technology investments are fully utilized," said Bruno Berti, senior director of product management at Meridian.
Proliance Navigator allows users to save Outlook emails and attachments directly to Proliance, where they can be simultaneously linked to other critical project data, such as Invoices, Contracts, and Change Orders, creating an easy-to-follow trail of information.
Data Management and Synchronization
Proliance Navigator allows users to leverage Outlook folder structure capabilities to organize Proliance documents in any way that is meaningful to them. Proliance users can access Outlook's capabilities to search, filter, group, and sort across multiple Proliance projects. They can also view, edit and synchronize Proliance documents directly from an Outlook email. Proliance Navigator automatically references and updates the Proliance document - without ever leaving Outlook.
"Proliance Navigator is an example of a role-based user interface tailored to specific work tasks, so that project team members can work the way they want to," said John Bodrozic, Meridian president and cofounder. "Because Proliance Navigator utilizes the Proliance Platform, it adheres to the same security, business logic, and workflow rules configured in your Proliance system."
Proliance software delivers Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (ILM) to building owners, real estate, construction organizations who plan, build and operate large complex capital project, programs and facilities. For more information on Proliance and the Proliance Navigator, go to http://www.meridiansystems.com/images/PDF/Proliance_%20Navigator_for_ Microsoft_Outlook.pdf. (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)
About Meridian Systems
Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ:TRMB), provides software solutions that improve capital program, project and facility performance. Meridian product and service offerings enable building owners, construction firms, and public agencies to streamline the plan-build-operate project lifecycle, reducing construction costs, schedules, and project risk. Meridian has been ranked the market share leader for project management software by Constructech magazine,(1) and by the CFMA among general contractors larger than $101 million in revenue.(2) For more information, call Meridian Systems at (800) 850 2660, or visit: www.meridiansystems.com.
(1)2008 National Construction-Technology Survey, Constructech Magazine
(2)CFMA's 2008 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry, seventh edition
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