I have covered harmon.ie before (see New harmon.ie for Office 2013 Simplifies SharePoint Access in the Cloud and Elsewhere and harmon.ie Mobile Brings SharePoint to the iPad). Now harmon.ie® has created a way to bridge the gap between Apple and Microsoft to create a unified social user experience for the enterprise across the iPad, iPhone and desktop with harmon.ie Connect™ for SharePoint. This new capability can unify the collaboration experience, wherever people spend their workday - on email and mobile devices.
Today workers often collaborate with colleagues in the office via email, which they can supplement with SharePoint, IM, unified communications and other social apps. This use of many disconnected apps can make the process difficult and unwieldy. Then, when employees leave the office, the experience can become even more messy and disorganized.
With harmon.ie Connect for SharePoint, document and social information from all sources appear in one window with a consistent user experience, in the office or on the road. For example, users can follow important documents directly from email or their mobile device. Any changes made on one platform immediately become visible on the other.
IDC MarketScape noted in its report, “Worldwide Enterprise Social Software 2012 Vendor Analysis,” that, "The ultimate goal of enterprise social software is to support a business' ability to surface information in real time and in context in a way that enables a broader business system of relationship. Customers will continue to demand broader and more specific collaboration scenarios that tie together internal and external constituents, deliver sophisticated insight into user behavior on the network, and extend seamlessly across mobile form factors."
To address this issue harmon.ie Connect for SharePoint has announced that they offer users the following capabilities:
- Same Activity Stream across the Desktop and Mobile Devices – Any action performed through one harmon.ie interface is immediately reflected on the other ones, thus providing users with a consistent user experience. For example, simply connect to SharePoint sites or follow documents on the desktop and these become available on SharePoint for iPad. No setup or configuration is needed.
- Enterprise-ready iPad - harmon.ie makes the iPad enterprise-ready so users can securely edit and share documents directly from the iPad.
- SharePoint Mobile Enterprise Solution –harmon.ie offers at full SharePoint solution for mobile and desktop. Users can work in the office and on the road and not miss a beat.
- Distribute and Provision Apps – harmon.ie Connect support mobile device management (MDM) for distribution and provisioning of mobile users.
This integration makes a lot of sense to me and is consistent with the trends I am seeing across the social platforms.