Dutch invoke FirstSpirit for content integration

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Dutch House of Representatives

e-Spirit and TopForce implement  standardized intranet with SAP portal integration for the Dutch.

ECM Plus – The Dutch government is to consolidate its intranet across its ministries with a content management system supplied by FirstSpirit.

According to the company, e-Spirit and system integrator TopForce have been selected to undertake the project work for the integration. The e-Spirit AG software will replace various different legacy systems in the ministries and will be combining content from the IT systems into a central content integration platform.

According to FirstSpirit, t he result will be a unified intranet portal for the nearly 120,000 Dutch government employees that support local, personalised access to all important content, data and applications for the benefit of Dutch people.

The “Rijksportaal” project is being implemented by the portal specialist TopForce and e-Spirit for the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. FirstSpirit and the concept presented jointly by e-Spirit and TopForce stood out during the decision process as the only proposal able to meet the various needs of the Dutch organization. Among the primary reasons for choosing FirstSpirit were the robust SAP NetWeaver portal integration; the open system architecture for integrating such varied external systems as document management systems, and Microsoft SharePoint; and the strikingly superior usability and performance. As a content integration system, FirstSpirit allows users to continue use of SAP portal user roles and thus enables content publishing to target groups, such as those at the ministerial, departmental, or user levels for example. Using the straightforward editor’s interface in the content integration system, portal content can be created and managed by any employee without any prior knowledge of SAP.

“With a Rijksportaal based on FirstSpirit, government employees will in the future have an intranet that uses the “Single Sign-on” principle to efficiently provide all the required applications, data, and documents in a centralized work- and information platform” commented Robert Bredlau, Director of International Business Development at e-Spirit. “We’re very pleased to have acquired, together with TopForce, this important European contract and to have impressed such an elite customer as the Dutch government with our content management and integration solution. This validates the path we have taken, which is based on organic international growth through the cultivation of a competent partner network”.

The next step will be to migrate the two intranets of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, along with all general editorial content, to the FirstSpirit platform. This will be followed by a rollout of the new system in the other ministries.

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