SOURCE: Citadon, Inc.

October 03, 2005 09:00 ET

EC Harris Standardizes on Citadon CW for Global Construction and Civic Projects

Expanded Web Collaboration Infrastructure Allows EC Harris to Extend Support for International Network of Contractors and Suppliers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 3, 2005 -- Citadon®, a provider of integrated web-based collaboration, document management and business process management solutions, has signed a new contract for Citadon Collaboration Workspace (CW) with EC Harris, a leading global consultancy in the real estate, infrastructure, industrial and civic sectors with headquarters in London. EC Harris will use Citadon CW to drive collaboration on new construction projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Under the terms of this global agreement, EC Harris is licensed to use Citadon CW for up to 50 projects. These licenses will be used to bring together diverse stakeholders worldwide in construction and property management projects, including construction contractors, equipment and materials suppliers, architects, and others. It enables EC Harris to take on large and complex construction and capital works projects.

EC Harris directs a number of long-term, large-scale projects, such as urban planning and regeneration projects that span large areas of city real estate and have long-term programs. These large-scale projects have extensive document management requirements, and require data exchanges from one contractor or supplier to another throughout the lifespan of the project. Standardizing on Citadon CW allows EC Harris to centralize and scale the data repositories, making data available instantly and securely to new project managers across a vast number of stakeholders. Citadon CW has already proven its value by improving data flow, reducing cost and time to completion, and mitigating risk by assuring that all the partners have the latest plans and data at their fingertips.

Geoffrey Hawkings, head of IT Consulting for EC Harris, explains that while EC Harris has its own development team and extranet strategy, the company uses Citadon CW for collaboration in conjunction with other data processing tools offered through a common Web portal. While EC Harris' internal resources are primarily functional tools to assist with project delivery, such as cost and time management, they look to Citadon to support collaboration and document management between the project teams.

"Whenever possible we standardize on Citadon CW because it gives us a robust platform for collaboration that is easy to use, easy to scale, and easy to customize when necessary," said Hawkings. "It's also available to our collaboration partners around the globe any time, which speeds approval of critical plans and documents. And because we have a strong relationship with the Citadon technical support team, we know that Citadon CW can be readily adapted to any project or requirement. It's the perfect extension to our own web based service delivery tool."

"With this agreement, EC Harris has validated the power and value of our Web collaboration technology for large-scale construction projects," said Mike Brooksbank, Vice President & Managing Director of EMEA, for Citadon. "More of our European customers are coming to Citadon because Collaboration Workspace provides the most robust solution available for e-collaboration -- it is secure, fast and easy to deploy, and completely customizable."

About EC Harris

EC Harris is a leading international consultancy working in the real estate, civic, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The firm brings together professional skills, developed processes and information to successfully deliver all aspects of a capital project and its on-going operation. This consultancy can advise on the initial investment through each stage of construction to occupation and day-to-day operations. EC Harris has 45 wholly owned offices worldwide employing over 2,500 people and an annual group turnover of £140 million. For more information, please visit: www.echarris.com.

About Citadon

Citadon is the award-winning provider of on-demand Collaboration and Business Process Management solutions for distributed and project-oriented organizations. Citadon provides web-based solutions that enable customers and their constituents to seamlessly share and manage a wide variety of document types, automate complex business processes, collaborate, and communicate without barriers while providing a secure mechanism for capturing and leveraging knowledge.

More than 60,000 subscribers in over 60 countries rely on Citadon to deliver business-critical automation and management. Citadon customers include Shell Oil Products, Transport for London, Chicago Transit Authority, GM, Alcoa, ICA Fluor, Ameren, Parsons Iraq Joint Venture and Novo Nordisk Engineering. For more information, please visit: www.citadon.com.

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