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27 March 2012
SkyDox, a leading provider of a cloud-enabled file sharing, file synchronization, and collaboration platform for cross-functional and distributed teams, has been announced as a finalist in the IT Europa European Software Excellence Awards in the SaaS Enterprise Solution category.
The European Software Excellence Awards are the only pan-European awards which recognize the crucial role that Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) play in the delivery of real world solutions, and they attracted entries from 18 countries. The entries submitted by ISVs described the solution they provided, and each entry had to be supported by a client endorsement. 36 companies from 14 countries were selected by an independent panel of consultants and editor.
SkyDox was recognised for its work with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which used SkyDox technology to enhance their existing Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft FAST document search and sharing platform.
With a database of over 90,000 legal documents and five million website visitors a year, the ECHR were facing a daunting document management challenge. Required under convention (Article 44 § 3) to make judgements and rulings public as soon they’re announced, the original back-end architecture lacked the functionality required to dynamically share judgment documentation with over 800 million inhabitants in 47 member states of the European Union. SkyDox built an intuitive user interface and integrated it to Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft FAST, providing a document-sharing and dissemination channel which is currently hosted on the ECHR website.
Beyond these original requirements, SkyDox was also able to further enhance the solution by providing a built-in automated document metadata tagging system, making search infinitely easier and relevant for users. Capabilities are also being built to allow users to further refine their searches by name, member state, or specific legal terms. In addition, the platform alerts users via RSS feeds when new related documents become available.
“SkyDox was chosen after an 18-month vendor selection process which included most of the large software and SI partner organisations you would associate with an enterprise implementation. SkyDox’s approach towards our RFI was refreshing in that they were very detailed in the their vision for solving our issue and have since acted like an extension of our organization, facilitating, developing, and delivering a solution that exceeds our expectations,” comments John Hunter, Head of IT from the European Court of Human Rights.
In congratulating the finalists, Alan Norman, Managing Director of IT Europa, comments, “The overall quality of entries was extremely high and demonstrated the depth of talent in the ISV community across Europe. I congratulate all the winners and wish them and all the finalists every success in the year ahead.”
Speaking after the announcement, Ali Moinuddin, SkyDox CMO, commented “We’re very pleased to have been recognized for our work with the ECHR. With the increase in the amount of data being stored by organisations both offline and in the cloud, having the ability to successfully, search for and share files with multiple parties efficiently and securely is becoming ever more important. SkyDox addressed this issue for ECHR by allowing it to leverage its investment in SharePoint while taking full advantage of cloud-enabled technology.”
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