SharePoint360, LLC, founded by Pam Gaffen, has been formed to deploy its knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint software among businesses in a variety of industries nationwide.

SharePoint, a Web-based information management portal developed by Microsoft, provides a company's employees and clients with instant access to its critical business applications and information. Using the Internet, users can log onto the system from anywhere in the world and be instantly connected to the host firm's latest applications and data.

According to Yehudi Gaffen, president of San Diego-based construction management and consulting firm Gafcon, Inc., SharePoint360 revolutionized Gafcon's construction management operations with the integration of this software in 2004. "We were very impressed by the talent of the team of employees who were charged with this task, and as their own entity believe they will be successful in teaching other firms how to adopt this phenomenal technology as well."

Aside from construction and construction management firms, other types of businesses that would benefit from SharePoint360's expertise include engineering, manufacturing, design, and development firms, as well as government agencies. The software, however, will operate across all business sectors.

"This team has a very significant understanding of the building industry and, nationally, they are at the forefront of delivering solutions to businesses across the board," said Gaffen.

According to SharePoint360 Chief Technology Officer Clifford Smeed, there are few companies currently offering effective SharePoint implementation together with technical support and expertise. "Most business owners and IT departments are aware of Microsoft's huge emphasis on SharePoint but do not fully understand how to effectively integrate the technology into their business operations," he said. "We were an early adopter of Microsoft's strategy, which will become an even more important component when Office 2007 is released."

Smeed explained that the SharePoint360 is focused on "demystifying" the software and enabling organizations to utilize it to its fullest potential. "We have the resources and expertise to give companies and organizations a way to gain the competitive edge," said Smeed. "We quickly build a working interface that helps improve their overall efficiency. Results can be achieved within a matter of days, as opposed to weeks and in some cases even months if they were to attempt implementation on their own."

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