File sharing made easy
- By William Matthews
- Aug 16, 2000
A young Internet company hopes its services on the World Wide Web will replace
express mail service, e-mail and phone calls to help government workers
in scattered locations collaborate on projects.
The seven-month-old North Carolina company called filefrenzy says it
can organize, index and manage files for agencies so that people in different
offices can find information they need easily and work on documents simultaneously.
The company plans to use the Internet to link users to the documents
they need and provide document management services such as indexing, revision
control, check-in and checkout oversight, and access restrictions. "We see
this as a project management tool" for people who need to team up on projects
but are geographically dispersed, said Suzanne Casiello, filefrenzy's chief
Files would reside on filefrenzy's servers and would be available to
authorized users via the Internet, she said. The company offers multiple
levels of security to control who can see files and who can alter them.
Thus, a team working on a project could let some members read but not download
files, let others read and download, and let others change files.
Access to files can be restricted to just one person or can be opened
to the world, depending on customers' needs, Casiello said. By providing
instant access to files, filefrenzy says it can shorten the time it takes
to complete projects. "It stops having to use couriers" and simplifies keeping
track of various drafts as they evolve toward finished documents, Casiello