HNTB enhances team collaboration with GroupWise Web Parts for SharePoint

„We wanted team members to be able to access all of their project information, including email, from the SharePoint Portal,“ said Leo Silva, Project Controls Manager at HNTB. „Since native integration is not available for GroupWise and SharePoint, we looked for alternative options and discovered Riva Integration Server from Omni.“

Overview

HNTB consists of more than 3,600 employees and 60 offices nationally that provide a range of services beyond civil engineering, architecture, planning and construction management. With nearly 100 years of experience and profitable growth, HNTB is ranked as one of the top 20 engineering and architectural firms in the U.S. In the early 1900s, HNTB engineers designed the first modern turnpike and later a significant portion of the Interstate Highway System.

In 2009, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) engaged HNTB to assist with the $1.725-billion I-15 CORE expansion project. I-15 CORE will add two additional northbound and southbound lanes from American Fork to Provo, rebuild or reconfigure interchanges, replace or modify bridges and extend the express lane from Orem to Provo. HNTB uses Riva Integration Server from Omni to enable team members working on the I-15 CORE project to access their GroupWise Mailbox, Calendar and Address Book directly from within SharePoint.

The Challenge

HNTB’s I-15 CORE project management team needed to provide seamless integration among multiple third-party applications and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server. These applications included scheduling, contract management, accounting, right-of-way and Novell GroupWise collaboration software.

„We wanted all our team members to be able to access project information, including email, from the SharePoint Portal,“ said Leo Silva, Project Controls Manager at HNTB. „Since native integration is not available for GroupWise and SharePoint, we looked for alternative options and discovered Riva Integration Server from Omni.“

„Prior to implementing Riva’s GroupWise Web Part Integration for SharePoint, the GroupWise users in our Utah office working on the I-15 CORE project needed to work with GroupWise WebAccess and SharePoint during meetings and when travelling or telecommuting. Using two or more separate applications made managing their tasks more time-consuming and cumbersome,“ continued Silva. „Riva’s GroupWise Web Parts made it easier to manage address book, email, calendar, documents, and other project information when users are working remotely.“

The Solution

„We implemented Riva Integration Server from Omni to provide access to users‘ full GroupWise Mailbox, Address Book, Calendar and project tasks directly from within the SharePoint Portal interface,“ said Silva. „Now, our GroupWise users can manage all their project files in one place without having to login to two or more separate applications.“

Riva delivers GroupWise Web Parts for SharePoint that offer the same functionality and integration that is available for Outlook/Exchange and SharePoint.

„One of the nice things about Riva Integration Server is that the integration is all server-side,“ said Silva. „There are no client plug-ins to install or maintain. The installation process was quick and straightforward.“

The Results

„Our GroupWise and Exchange users can now access their project meetings, tasks, email, contacts and documents in one convenient location,“ said Silva. „This allows us to collaborate more effectively and meet our project milestones, which is very important to me as the project controls manager of this major transportation program.“

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