Building Power Through Knowledge Organization
The amount of information in organizations is increasing exponentially, and much of it is unstructured - documents on department file servers, Web pages on subsidiary Web servers, e-mail, groupware, and slide presentations, to name just a few examples. These unstructured and often unmanaged resources contain mission-critical knowledge that companies need to maximize business advantage. Enterprise Portal transforms that information into organizational knowledge and brings it into the context of critical business processes. By providing business packages, which are predefined collections of role-based portal content, SAP delivers ready-to-use solutions that minimize time to deployment, streamline common business processes, and provide immediate productivity gains.
The Knowledge Management features embedded in the portal permit users to access documents stored in different repositories. These can be resources of the most varied types of media as well as text documents. Indexing and classification functions ensure the efficiency of search for the information needed.
The Collaboration component enables communication with other portal users, and working together in distributed teams on cooperative projects. It provides the means to use common resources, content, and collaboration tools.
The various tools and services include:
- Virtual working environments, or rooms, for seamless, real-time interaction that is not dependant on geographic proximity
- The opportunity to interact, through discussion boards and task assignments, with colleagues who are not all available at the same time
- Integration of E-mail and scheduling services from third-parties
The portal desktop is a single point of access to information from multiple sources.
Easy retrieval of information
iViews retrieve data from information sources in your company and on the Internet. iViews can access document files, e?mail, Web sites, and data in enterprise applications. They assemble a personalized picture of everything that is pertinent to your business function.