InfoImage Releases freedom 2, Delivers on Microsoft Digital Dashboard Alliance
Mitsubishi, Frank Russell and Rhythms NetConnections Among Those to Deploy freedom 2 To Increase Business Velocity and Sharpen Decision-Making for Knowledge Workers
REDMOND, Wash., and PHOENIX -- April 25, 2000 - Microsoft Corp. and InfoImage Inc., a leading decision portal provider, today announced the delivery of freedom™ 2, fulfilling the vision the two companies announced in October 1999.
InfoImage provides enterprise digital dashboard solutions using the InfoImage freedom 2 B2B Decision Server and the freedom 2 B2E Decision Server. freedom 2 uses the Microsoft® knowledge management platform, which includes Office 2000 desktop productivity software and Microsoft server applications. Customers of all sizes, including Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc., Bestfoods, Frank Russell Co., Rhythms NetConnections Inc., click2learn.com Inc., LoanCity.com Inc. and Visioneer Inc., have selected the solution to pare costs, improve communication and sharpen decision-making for knowledge workers.
"Fortune 500 companies are looking for a way to empower their knowledge workers and enhance business velocity through knowledge management solutions," said Randy Eckel, president and CEO of InfoImage. "freedom 2 was designed to meet the needs of these companies using the flexibility and scalability of the Microsoft platform to create enterprisewide solutions."
"This release is a significant milestone in the strategic alliance between Microsoft and InfoImage and uniquely addresses the needs of our large customers to connect knowledge workers to critical information and to each other," said Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Worldwide Sales and Support at Microsoft. "InfoImage freedom 2 leverages end users' familiarity with Microsoft Office and the comprehensive services of the Microsoft server application platform to provide a secure, scalable and manageable next-generation portal solution."
Digital dashboards help people work more efficiently by consolidating key information from disparate data sources -- including corporate databases, enterprise resource planning systems, personal e-mail and calendaring, and the Web -- into a unified desktop view. InfoImage freedom 2 takes this concept to the enterprise level through a highly scalable architecture with advanced functionality for administration and personalization, plus an extensive service offering for tailored business system integration. By automating the interaction between information, people and applications, InfoImage goes beyond traditional static corporate portals to improve the entire decision-making process.
"We wanted to create an environment where Mitsubishi employees, dealers and partners were able to share and access important information," said James Peary, director of Corporate Systems at Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks. "The InfoImage freedom decision portal will enable us to empower our constituent groups with quick and easy access to critical information they need to improve business efficiency and make better decisions."
"The corporate portal industry is saturated with companies offering solutions, ranging from business intelligence tools to search engines," said Gene Phifer, research director of Internet Strategies at Gartner Group Inc. "In today's fast-paced Internet economy, Global 1,000 companies are looking for a robust portal that assists their knowledge workers through each step of the decision-making process. They need a browser-based application that enables them to gain access to, collaborate with, and take action on a wide variety of business-related information regardless of the workers' locations or department affiliations, the location of the information, or the format in which the information is stored."
freedom 2 Features and Functionality
The InfoImage freedom decision portal is the only product on the market that streamlines and automates the entire decision-making process. freedom 2 provides this advanced functionality to both internal and external users with two server products:
Key differentiating features of the freedom decision portal include the following: