Zimlets make collaboration come alive, providing general tools for integrating third-party content - CRM data, HR systems, etc. - into the collaboration experience of end users
SAN MATEO - Jan. 23, 2006 - Zimbra (http://www.zimbra.com), a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today introduced Zimlets, a mechanism for integrating the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) with third-party information systems and content.
"Zimlets are an extension of Zimbra's efforts to change the way that users and administrators interact with e-mail and messaging systems," said Satish Dharmaraj, founder and CEO of Zimbra. "They simplify the marriage of Web 2.0 technologies to enterprise messaging and collaboration, enabling users to benefit from live message content linked to Web content and services on intranets or the Internet."
Zimlets can automatically provide integrated links to external data sources such as customer support and CRM systems; inventory management, manufacturing control and accounting systems; trading and risk management systems; and HR systems.
Zimlets also enable fully actionable e-mail content. Users can:
Zimlets offer a different approach than traditional e-mail applications in that they transfer the onus of recognizing information as interactive from the message author to the receiving system. Rather than requiring the sender to tag text as a URL or e-mail address, the receiving e-mail system recognizes the strings and links them for ease of user action, regardless of the source.
"We developed Zimlets in direct response to our customer and our community feedback," said Ross Dargahi, Founder and VP of Engineering, "Zimlets provide enterprises with an easy and flexible model for integrating disparate applications and information systems with the Zimbra Collaboration Suite."
Past approaches to extensible linking and actionable content technology have relied on client-side installation and execution of the linking and action-defining code. Zimlets deliver a number of capabilities that these technologies do not, including:
Zimbra is committed to innovation in enterprise messaging and open source, and compatibility with an enterprise's existing messaging investments. Zimbra's flagship solution, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, was designed to improve the administrator experience by providing online backup and recovery, hierarchical storage management and clustering, all as native capabilities of the system. Additionally, the company's flagship solution supports end-users with Windows, Linux and Apple PCs. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite also supports users with Outlook, providing an alternative user interface through an AJAX-based browser application. For more information, please visit http://www.zimbra.com.