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Habanero and CGA Canada Develop Improved Educational Experience for Users

Habanero is excited to announce the launch of the redesigned Certified General Accountants of Canada's Professional Development Network (PD Net) website. CGA partnered with Habanero to redevelop PD Net to provide an improved experience for its members and for the general public. In order to meet CGA's needs, Habanero recommended Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) as the new platform for PD Net.

Habanero has established itself as an early leader in MOSS 2007 development. In addition to the hundreds of solutions Habanero built with SharePoint 2003, it has developed over half a dozen with MOSS 2007 including two large-scale customized projects: CGA's PD Net and Habanero's client portal. Last year, Microsoft invited Habanero to participate in four MOSS 2007 Rapid Development Programs (RDPs). As Habanero's President Steven Fitzgerald states, "We developed PD Net as part of Microsoft's RDP program. Working closely with the Microsoft team allowed us to showcase many of MOSS 2007's outstanding features and deepen our skills with this exciting new platform."

Some of the highlights of the new PD Net include an information architecture that matches CGA's competency framework, extensive and powerful avenues for members to plan and further their careers, a pixel-perfect template-based user interface, distributed content authoring, structured workflow approval, multi-lingual versions of the site, faceted navigation based on the content types tagged to pages/resources, dynamic and accurate searching for content and recommended products, a wide breadth of content and information, and free and for-sale resources.

As Karen Ashton, Supervisor, Professional Services at CGA-Canada states, "Having worked with the PD Net site since 2003, it is thrilling to see how the Professional Services department at CGA-Canada and the Habanero team have taken what was a very good prototype website into an utterly new dimension. Now we have a professional, highly integrated, and user-friendly site for our core audience of CGAs and students. The site also acts as a CGA ambassador, as the site is now open to the public as well!"

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