Exostar formally launches latest collaborative tool

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An extensive beta test and field trial that involved more than 5,700 users has culminated in aerospace e-procurement exchange Exostar's launch of an upgraded tool that allows businesses to securely share information internally and with their partners, suppliers, customers, and other third-parties.

An upgrade from ForumPass3, the so-called ForumPass4 application ensures that complex programs and projects with global constituencies "remain on schedule and on budget", while sensitive documents and data receive "ironclad protection", says Exostar.

The new solution has been completely re-architected to encapsulate the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, which is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for collaboration.

"ForumPass4 truly delivers the functionality and security required for collaboration in the A&D ecosystem," says Rolls-Royce director of information management and infrastructure programmes Richard Harris.

He adds: "ForumPass4 empowers our personnel to remotely coordinate with team members inside and outside the organization, as well as across multiple projects, with great clarity and efficiency. We intend to expand the scope of ForumPass4 to make it available to users throughout the company and our partners."

Established in 2000 and owned by BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce, Exostar offers customers a suite of online products covering sourcing, collaboration and procurement for buyers and suppliers.

Over 170 companies worldwide actively participated in the testing process for ForumPass4, including Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.