April 8, 2003
OpenAir Enhances Integration of Its Web-Based Professional Services Automation Software with MS Project and MS Outlook
Two-way exchange of project, calendar, and task information
Boston, MA (April 8, 2003) OpenAir, the leading mid-market professional services automation (PSA) software provider, today announced several enhancements of its integration with Microsoft Corp.’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Project and Outlook applications. The bi-directional integrations enable customers to take advantage of both OpenAir and the Microsoft applications with complete confidence that information can be transferred at any time.
Both integrations leverage OpenAir’s XML API to provide real-time data exchange, ensuring up-to-date visibility into critical information. Customers can use OpenAir’s powerful resource and project management system to book employees’ time, manage work schedules, and assign project tasks that are part of a project plan and then export this information into Outlook to ensure that Outlook always reflects a complete picture of the employee’s commitments. Similarly, Projects can be managed in either OpenAir or Project and project plans can be transferred at any time.
"Our philosophy is that the OpenAir web service will be most useful to our customers if they can use it with any complementary software package, whether it is a calendaring or project management tool, a financial package, an HR system or a complete ERP system," explained OpenAir CTO Geoff Crawshaw. "We have put an enormous amount of effort into creating an open architecture that takes full advantage of integration standards to provide 'hooks' into virtually any system regardless of its platform. These integrations are simply the latest manifestation of our philosophy."
OpenAir has used its XML API to create real-time seamless integrations with dozens of software packages including other online web services such as Salesforce.com, Intacct, and Ceridian PowerPay as well as financial packages across the entire spectrum from QuickBooks to Oracle Financials.
OpenAir is the Web-native professional services automation solution that helps independent software vendors, marketing services companies, consulting firms, and internal corporate service organizations make more money through increasing top-line growth, improving operations and financial controls. OpenAir customers increase profits by capturing additional billable hours, increasing employee utilization, streamlining project management, accelerating revenue, enhancing collaboration, improving revenue recognition and project accounting, and sharing knowledge and best practices throughout the organization. OpenAir has helped over 600 companies across six continents increase profits through the subscription-based OpenAir® Complete solution. For additional information, visit www.openair.com.