WALTHAM, Mass.— 14 May 2008— Responding to industry needs for cost-effective, next-generation collaboration tools, Novell today announced the worldwide availability of Novell® Open Workgroup Suite with Novell Teaming included. This expanded offering delivers collaboration capabilities – like team workspaces, enterprise social networking, workflow, blogs and wikis – to the proven workforce productivity tools already available in the workgroup suite. Novell Open Workgroup Suite enables organizations to increase employee productivity by adding collaboration tools to their existing IT infrastructure, without the higher costs or vendor lock-in typically associated with proprietary-only software bundles.
“Keeping IT costs low and increasing employee productivity are top business priorities for Metropolitan Bank Group,” said Thomas Johnson, director of Information Systems and Technology for Metropolitan Bank Group. “Novell Open Workgroup Suite with Novell Teaming included allows us to leverage Web 2.0 innovations to improve employee communication and productivity, while still keeping software costs low. With Novell, we have a complete infrastructure and software package, including critical next-generation collaboration tools, to help drive employee and business innovation.”
With this addition, the Novell Open Workgroup Suite now allows for social networking within the enterprise where subject matter experts are easily identified and new team workspaces can be easily formed. It makes teamwork and knowledge sharing a standard feature for organizations of all sizes. The knowledge capture and sharing capability inherent in personal and joint team spaces ensures nothing is lost when an employee leaves an organization. The work done as part of a larger group or team effort is retained in the workspace and can be accessed by existing and new team members at any time.