Cell C signs Mint Net to develop its knowledge platform

JOHANNESBURG (11/26/2003) - Cellular service provider, Cell C, has awarded the tender for its 1600 user, knowledge and collaboration platform to Sandton, South Africa-based specialist development and integration firm, Mint Net Pty. Ltd..

The service provider issued the tender after identifying the growing need to facilitate sharing and easy location of information and knowledge among its personnel, as well as to enable them to collaborate more efficiently and speedily on shared projects.

In line with the terms of reference of the tender, Mint Net will develop Cell C's knowledge platform on the Microsoft Corp. Content Management Server 2002 (CMS) platform, as well as Microsoft's Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS).

In doing so, it will integrate Cell C's existing data, documents, ICT structures and systems, in order to provide a single interface to this multiple application environment. In the process, Mint will also develop several custom applications, to meet the service provider's specific knowledge and collaboration requirements.

In the course of the tender review process, Mint impressed the Cell C reviewers with a pilot project, where it showcased its ability to integrate SPS into one of the company's existing systems.

Says Terence McPhail, MD of Mint Net: "Winning this tender is a real coup for the company. To say that we are delighted would be an understatement. Mint is especially well versed in the Microsoft CMS and SPS platforms, having implemented numerous intranets and knowledge management systems using these products. Mint is confident that it will meet, and even exceed, Cell C's expectations, to deliver the project on time and within budget."

Among others, Mint has implemented knowledge management solutions for the likes of Deloitte & Touche LLP, Citibank NA and Microsoft SA. The firm started work on the Cell C intranet at the end of September and its development team of specialists is expected to complete the task in the first quarter of next year.

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