Leading ECM Adoption specialist, Repstor, today announced that Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading universities,has selected and is deploying Repstor affinity across its Contracts team to underpin its email and content management program and to facilitate easy filing of email and content into their ECM platform Microsoft® SharePoint®.
Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, alongside Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London and among the top one per cent of global universities. The Contracts team is part of the Research and Enterprise Directorate at the University and leads in the preparation, negotiation and execution of contracts for research and consultancy undertaken by academic staff. The key role of the team is to ensure the interests of the University are protected in relation to intellectual property rights, research income and consultancy and supporting the delivery of the best possible commercialization outcomes. In order to do this team members are required to file relevant email and other content into contract folders so that all of the Contracts team members are able to access, manage and collaborate around this content.
In an effort to increase team collaboration Microsoft® SharePoint® was being used to store contract and commercial content. Queen’s University had also previously selected a leading competitor’s email management software to assist with the filing of email and content from Outlook into SharePoint. However this tool was slowing down the performance of Outlook which resulted in it being a very time consuming way of adding content to SharePoint. In particular the filing of email content to a large number of folders was extremely slow and cumbersome and there was no effective solution capability for Contract team users to use when working offline. Indeed the performance of Outlook had become so slow that most of the Contract team had de-installed the email management application.
In searching for a solution Queen’s selected Repstor affinity based on its ease of use, and true native integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office. Also highlighted during the evaluation was email filing and management, performance and stability, support for search, ease of enterprise-wide deployment and offline working. Using Repstor affinity the Contracts team could file email and other content quickly and easily into Microsoft® SharePoint® while also having an effective offline working solution. They could achieve all of this without impacting Outlook’s performance.
“Queen’s University chose the Repstor affinity product because it provided a level of product integration, ease of use and performance that we did not see elsewhere. The filing of email is key within the Contracts team and in our evaluation filing of email to SharePoint using the Quick File tool in Repstor affinity was fast and easy, which was not the experience with competing products. The affinity product required no user training and was easily deployed across our entire team,” Tom Edgar, Head of Consultancy & Technical Services, Research and Enterprise Directorate, Queen's University Belfast.
In selecting Repstor affinity Queen’s recognized that by providing an effective and easily adopted Outlook application, email and content filing into its Microsoft SharePoint ECM system would increase, improving team collaboration and productivity while meeting compliance needs.
“We are delighted to be working with Queen’s University Belfast. It is great to work with a local University and to hear how their evaluation of the market led to our product being clearly identified as the market leader for Outlook and SharePoint integration,” Alan McMillen, CEO, Repstor Limited.