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Ford Licenses SeraNova for Intranet App

For the second week in a row, Ford Motor Co. has made strides to strengthen its enterprise network.

The world's second largest motor company Thursday contracted software firm SeraNova Inc. to develop a global intranet-based content management application for its human resource staff.

The application -- called HRlink -- will act as a central communications hub creating, capturing and distributing knowledge throughout Ford's global human resource organization. Approximately 3,600 Ford human resource professionals worldwide will access the system.

HRlink will provide Web authoring tools and shared services, such as on-line polling. The Web authoring tools will allow Ford's HR professionals to author entire 'micro' Web sites within HRlink without requiring them to have programming knowledge.

In addition to designing and implementing HRlink, SeraNova will also design and develop the content management policies for the application, as well as the linkages to existing web applications.

"We anticipate delivering a web solution that will be viewed as a model that can be applied to managing any type of content within any functional area in an organization," said Scott Crompton, vice president of the automotive practice for SeraNova .

Exactly one week ago, Ford bolstered its wireless intranet capability by enlisting AvantGo Inc.'s enterprise software to allow their employees to access corporate information via handheld devices.