Exostar Updates Cloud-based Project Collaboration Service

Built on SharePoint 2010, ForumPass 5 improves secure, enterprise-class B2B collaboration.

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Exostar, whose cloud-based solutions enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, has released ForumPass 5, the newest version of the company’s multi-enterprise project collaboration service offering built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010. ForumPass 5 operates within Exostar’s Community Cloud, a connect-once environment anchored by Exostar’s Identity Hub that brings companies and their customers, partners, and suppliers together. ForumPass 5 is a complete, enterprise-class solution, incorporating the Community Cloud and its identity management technology, true multi-tenancy, and native SharePoint 2010 functionality.

Enhanced security features in ForumPass 5 include:

  • More credentialing options: ForumPass 5 supports additional types of credentials for two-factor authentication, including hardware tokens to support the medium hardware level of assurance using public key infrastructure certificates

  • Claims-aware application: ForumPass 5 accepts incoming attributes-based claims associated with individuals and leverages those claims to determine access control rules and permissions to project sites and information, improving security, adding flexibility, and reducing administrative burden

  • Stronger encryption: Previous versions of ForumPass offered encryption for documents at-rest only at the highest tiers of security; with ForumPass 5, all documents are encrypted at-rest, regardless of the security tier selected for the project

  • Improved data protection: ForumPass 5 was designed with Digital Rights Management (DRM) in mind, paving the way for customers to request a DRM service option to be applied to all of their documents

ForumPass 5 improves the user experience thanks to new capabilities such as:

  • Microsoft Office integration: ForumPass 5’s desktop integration means users now can access and edit documents directly from the desktop, rather than downloading and working locally

  • Microsoft Outlook integration: Outlook and ForumPass calendars can be integrated, allowing users to view all commitments from a single location and streamlining the scheduling process

  • Enterprise customization: ForumPass 5 empowers customer-site administrators to tailor the user interface design, forms, and workflow processes to best reflect their operating environments via integrations with SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, and Visio

  • More powerful search: Metadata management and content tagging in ForumPass 5 expand what content is searchable and search filtering options; a new refinement panel helps narrow search results so users can find the right information faster

  • Social networking business tools: ForumPass 5 includes features that encourage social networking interaction for enhanced business productivity, including people search, expertise tracking, community affiliation, and content ratings/tagging

More information is available at www.exostar.com.

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