OBA

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Independent Software Vendors Boost Return on Investment with Office Business Applications

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By building Office Business Applications using the 2007 Microsoft Office system, independent software vendors can improve return on investment for products by expanding business opportunities, better meeting customer requirements, leveraging the Microsoft research and development investment to create better products with less time and cost, and leveraging the Microsoft partner program to connect with customers and solution partners.

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Workforce Management Solution Provider Improves Sales and Time to Market with OBA

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Kronos® Incorporated, the leading workforce management solution provider, required a better way to provide its customers with rich but inexpensive reporting and analytics capabilities. Kronos found increasing customer demand for easy access to flexible reporting that static reports couldn’t provide without extensive modification. Yet these custom reports were difficult to develop and modify. Kronos included an Office Business Application (OBA) component built within Microsoft® Office Excel® 2007 with the latest release of its flagship offering, Workforce Central® 6.1. This OBA, called Workforce Worksheet™, provides ready access to the wealth of high-quality workforce performance data within Workforce Central, and enables Kronos customers to relate workforce performance with other critical business performance data. By adopting an OBA product development strategy, Kronos was able to increase customer interest in its products, leading to additional sales, and reduce product development effort.

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Invoicing Solution Provider Grows Business Through Office Business Applications

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Diamante, a successful provider of standalone accounting software based in Verona, Italy, began providing an innovative Office Business Application (OBA) solution that streamlines common billing processes for small businesses. With its solution, Diamante offers small businesses an inexpensive and user-friendly way to invoice customers and coordinate with their accountants. The solution was built using 2007 Microsoft® Office system components, including Microsoft® Office Word 2007, and uses Microsoft Online Services to provide data transfer, collaboration, and unified communications between small businesses and the accounting firms that serve them. By adopting an OBA product development strategy, Diamante was able to minimize its product development effort and tap into a lucrative new business that is expected to grow by 30 to 40 percent over the next year.

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