SharePoint Awards 2009 by Guest Blogger Andy Dale

Written by Andy Dale. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

As a SharePoint Consultant at Office Talk every day we seem to be contacted by a company promoting their latest SharePoint Add-on. Many of these don't quite add up, but others I like so much that I knock on our Marketing Manager's door and tell him that we must sign a reseller agreement with this company.

SharePoint Reviews has become a great site for reviewing these SharePoint applications, but I decided as the football season has finished that I would make my own SharePoint Awards for 2009.

Here they are:

1. Best SharePoint Information Site 2009
WinnerSharePoint Reviews

Not just mentioning them because this is their site, but I have to pay tribute on what a great start they have made and how quickly they have become the source for all SharePoint Products.

2. Best SharePoint Webpart Provider 2009
SharePoint Boost

Creating easy to install and use webparts as if they are going out of fashion

3. Best SharePoint Administration Tool 2009
ControlPoint from Axceler

Finally a way of really managing all those user permissions across all of your servers and sites. Oh, and very useful for moving complete sites.

4. Best Website built on SharePoint 2009

Chocolate and SharePoint have never tasted so good.

5. Best SharePoint Training Package 2009
CBT Clips

Still the best solution to show End Users how to use SharePoint.

6. Best SharePoint Offline Solution 2009
Colligo Contributor from Colligo

Allows SharePoint to be with you even when the network isn’t. Don’t forget to download the free reader on the right.

7. Most Useful SharePoint Webpart 2009
Batch Check-in from SharePoint Boost

Lets us finally get rid of the ‘Checked Out’ annoyance after we have move lots of documents.

8. Favorite Free SharePoint Webpart 2009
Google Search Webparts

Keep your users in SharePoint as they Google away.

9. Most Fun Free Webpart 2009
Picture Puzzle Widget from Spring Widgets

Spring Widget have lots of snazzy free webparts including cat clocks with moving tails.

10. Biggest SharePoint Mess-up 2009
Microsoft for 180 day expire error on SP 2.

So those are my awards please feel free to add comments either agreeing with my list or ripping them to pieces.

Andy Dale
SharePoint Blog


We hope you enjoyed checking out Andy's rewards for 2009, and we appreciate the fact that we were voted his best informational SharePoint site for 2009. The goal of this site will always be to provide the most relevant information for 3rd party SharePoint applications and solutions without any marketing spin. The support that we've received from the community has made this site what it is, and we want to thank each and every one of you for donating your talents and experiences.

- Mike


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Andy Dale (MCSE) works for leading UK SharePoint specialists Office Talk as the Senior SharePoint Consultant. Office Talk are a Microsoft Gold Partner, based near Birmingham in the heart of the UK, who specializes in everything SharePoint.


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# TimL 2010-07-26 11:09
Ad-ons are an effective way of enhancing the user’s experience, as are SharePoint web parts. There is a range of web parts available for your benefit, such as the organisational chart that makes communication within the business easier, and one that allows you to include maps on your SharePoint site. I'm sure these will make it into the 2010 SharePoint Awards!
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