Organizations who have made investments in back end ERP and line-of-business systems and information workers who use the Microsoft Office productivity suite.
Efficiency and productivity go hand in hand – with the LookupPoint solution users no longer have to engage in the lengthy process of logging into one or more Line of Business Systems to find data required for answering ad-hoc enquiries, building reports and making decisions. Not only does LookupPoint save time directly, it also means quicker response times and faster business decisions.
LookupPoint can display information from SharePoint directly in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word, OneNote and PowerPoint. It will also allow you to manage and approve tasks, and even access scanned images and documents associated with a piece of data (a scanned invoice for example) where this information is stored in document libraries, task lists etc. LookupPoint and SharePoint combine to create a powerful connected solution.
LookupPoint can display information from any business system that uses an Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL database.
Server Requirements:-LookupPoint 2010 requires Windows Server 2003 or higher, and SQL server 2005 and higher. To use SharePoint BCS as a LookupPoint data source requires SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Foundation 2010.Client Requirements:-LookupPoint 2010 requires Microsoft Office 2010, 2007 or 2003. To use SmartPreview requires Office 2010. LookupPoint 2010 is a ‘zero client’ installation. To make LookupPoint 2010 available to users, IT teams can invoke a script to connect Office 2010 to the LookupPoint 2010 service or have the users connect through the configuration option in Microsoft Office.
LookupPoint can build aggregated views of business information from both on-premise and Cloud or SaaS systems. By using SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and its support for claims based authentication, LookupPoint can connect users to information in the Cloud for any system that supports a REST-based interface. SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is a component of SharePoint Foundation which comes with Windows Server 2008.
LookupPoint is licensed on a Server and CAL basis. A CAL is a Client Access Licence and one CAL is required for each individual who uses LookupPoint. A server licence is required for each server on which the LookupPoint server software is installed.
No. LookupPoint requires no client software to be installed. An addition is made to the start-up script for Microsoft Office and this makes LookupPoint available to the user. Script changes can be managed and deployed to multiple end users using standard desktop management tools.
Firstly, send us an email or give us a call. LookupPoint deployment is a simple process and we’d be happy to run through the steps with you. Following that we will refer you to one of our partners who specialises in the implementation of the LookupPoint Solution in your geographical area and/or industry vertical.
Even if an LOB is open chances are your users communicate using their office suite and transferring data between the two can be a time consuming process. This is especially true when the data is contained in multiple systems, or is profiled in a way that differs from that with which the user wishes to access or transmit the information. While tremendous value can be achieved with LookupPoint for staff that access line of business data irregularly, there are significant benefits to the implementation of LookupPoint in varying environments and for various user types.
Yes. LookupPoint has an administration centre in which you can customise and tailor catalogues for your ERP system. A catalogue defines how LookupPoint connects to data, and which data to extract. With this dynamic capability LookupPoint will work with any ERP that uses an Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL database.
LookupPoint uses catalogues to define how to connect to a particular system, where the information is located, and which data to show to the user. We often rely on our partners to create these catalogues for bespoke solutions. If you need a catalogue for a common system, such as Sun Systems or Dynamics NAV, or if you need a customised solution for a specific system or vertical then please contact us - we will connect you with a partner that is more than capable of meeting your needs.
So you’ve made the investments. Everything functions. But do your staff know how to use those systems? Do they like using them? Do they avoid using them? LookupPoint leverages and maximises your existing investments in IT infrastructure.LookupPoint saves time –think of the aggregate time you and your colleagues spend logging into Line of Business systems on a given day- multiply it for a year- and again for your total number of staff, now think of all the productive things you and your colleagues could have been achieving with that time.
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