Expansion Concept of Groupmax
In April 1995, Hitachi released the integrated groupware Groupmax to support business activities of companies that are trying to cope with a variety of constantly changing customer needs. Groupmax can be used as a tool to promote business process reengineering. Since the world economy has become more and more integrated and business activities now extend over the globe, companies' strategies for revolutional change demand highly enhanced information systems and new information paradigms, along with conventional system architectures.
Moreover, companies also need integrated software that unifies their business operation, mail, and information systems so that end users can obtain information from anywhere and at any time, thereby enabling users to make decisions faster.
With the remarkable growth of the Internet as the global network, and the need to seamlessly connect to the Internet and intranets, a key point of information technology is that it has become more important to build network-based systems (that provide virtual corporations, virtual offices, virtual communities and virtual markets). Groupware, which was originally develped for sharing information within company departments, is now expected to evolve into global network computing.
Groupmax is designed to let users easily build global networks via the Internet and get information from anywhere and at any time with integrated systems (such as business operation, mail, and information systems). With Groupmax, users can make decisions quickly using the latest business information.
In addition to improving the capabilities of the first Groupmax release, Hitachi plans the following enhancements to Groupmax.
In today's environment where information must be available throughout companies and the world in real-time, companies are testing the business strategies that will enable them to remain powerful. The enhanced Hitachi integrated groupware, Groupmax, offers you a new vision for the future of your information systems.
- Provide global communication infrastructure incorporating Internet technologies.
- Provide software that integrates business operation, mail, and information systems, and provides decision support in mission- or enterprise-critical systems.
- Provide an easier-to-use interface and an agent facility
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