Open Text finds the zone

Open Text Corporation is stepping up its collaboration capabilities with the release of LiveLink MeetingZone 2.0, which provides users with a platform for online meeting and discussions.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  November 7, 2002

Open Text Corporation is stepping up its collaboration capabilities with the release of LiveLink MeetingZone 2.0, which provides users with a platform for online meeting and discussions. Additional features allow users to easily reconvene meetings and carry over unfinished business.

According to the vendor, the product is targeted towards large organisations with globally dispersed teams that need to work efficiently together without having to pay costly travel expenses.

“MeetingZone 2.0 helps people around the world work together effectively without travel, and gives companies a fast ROI by improving productivity, saving time and reducing costs,” says a statement by Open Text.

The web-based meeting environment saves information; notes and other content in LiveLink following the conclusion of meetings to ensure participants have access to this data whenever they require it. LiveLink’s features also include: metadata, classifications, workflows and other knowledge management.

The MeetingZone also enables users to create agendas, which can be e-mailed to participants prior to the meeting. The zone also features a status indicator to highlight items that are being addressed.

“Global companies today depend on people working together over long distances, but the tools they use to collaborate — the telephone conference call and e-mail — lack the capabilities for more effective interactions,” says Anik Ganguly, executive vice president of products at Open Text.

“When geography and time zones separate members of a project team, they need collaborative tools that allow them to work together as if they were in the same conference room. MeetingZone builds structure and processes into collaboration, so meetings are more productive; provides greater interactivity to keep people engaged; and offers ways to track actions, decisions and tasks, even revisit meeting details or results long after the team’s project is completed,” he claims.

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