HyperOffice is a privately held American corporation based in Rockville, Maryland, that offers web collaboration, online meeting, web conferencing, online database and email marketing applications to the small and mid-sized business segment. Their flagship product is the HyperOffice Collaboration Suite, which contains integrated tools including business email, mobile mail, document collaboration, intranet/extranet publishing, contact management, calendaring, task management, forums, and other applications.
HyperOffice is a paid service, and as of 2009, the company has served around 300,000 customers worldwide.. HyperOffice is specialized in 3 types of industry: Healthcare, Public Sector and Education.
The company was funded during the dot-com bubble of 1998-2000 and subsequently changed its name to WebOS and adopted the primary goal of developing a web-based operating system, taking focus off its collaboration products. In 2002, however, the company re-opened its doors as HyperOffice to concentrate on its collaboration products again.
The company has its headquarters located in Rockville, Maryland.
HyperOffice was founded in 1999 by Drew Morris and Shervin Pishevar. The lead angel investor was Strategic Technology Investors, co-managed by Roy Morris and Steve Zecola, two former telecom executives. It was one of the earliest incarnations of hosted groupware, along with sites such as Jump.com (bought by Microsoft), When.com (bought by AOL), and Hotoffice (which died but was resurrected). It was amongst the early few companies to offer software-as-a-service (SaaS), a popular and emergent approach to application deployment today. Also, its later incarnation, WebOS, had a contribution in the emergence of the rich Internet language known as Ajax.
The product was originally launched as a free service and targeted toward individuals and small businesses. It enjoyed modest success and was soon funded by a group of private investors. The companies' vision was to bring the functionality of large enterprise collaboration solutions like Lotus Notes as a low-cost (or free) alternative for smaller companies.
Within a few months Daniel Steinman, Erik Arviddson and Emil A Eklund joined the team. Each of these developers went on to be prominent members of the web development community . The company then began work on the WebOS API, a predecessor of the now-ubiquitousAjax.
Although the WebOS API's were published briefly, they were published as the company was going through a dissolution process. They were largely ignored by the developer community because of the company's lack of support for them.
Although the company had changed its name multiple times to focus on the WebOS portion of its business, the core functionality of its products had always rested in its collaboration technologies. After the dotcom bubble burst in 2001, the HyperOffice service was maintained by its founders for over a year. In 2002 the company began development anew under its old name, HyperOffice, and re-dedicated its efforts to provide a collaboration suite (this time as a paid service).
HyperOffice has continued to operate on the online collaboration market since then and is one of the well known names in the crowded market today. It has served around 300,000 customers worldwide since its re-establishment. HyperOffice won the ComputerWorld Horizon Awards in 2006, and also the Small Business Technology Magazine "Product To Watch Award" the same year,. More recently, it took the third position AT&T Fast-Pitch Contest 2008 for Enterprise Solutions.
All of HyperOffice's features are integrated in a single suite. HyperOffice positions itself as an alternative to Microsoft messaging and collaboration products for small to mid-sized businesses, more specifically as a "Sharepoint alternative" and "Exchange alternative". HyperOffice's features are as follows:
It includes two plugins, HyperShare and HyperDrive. HyperShare allows HyperOffice users to integrate and synchronize with Outlook. HyperDrive allows files in HyperOffice's online folders to be managed from the desktop.
In 2008, HyperOffice launched new products to add to its line of online productivity tools. HyperMeeting is an online meeting and web conferencing solution. HyperBase is an online database management and web forms solution. HyperCamapign is an online tool for automated email marketing campaigns.
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