Andy Dale's SharePoint Award Winners 2010

Written by Andy Dale. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

All the votes have been counted and four SharePoint experts from around the globe have awarded their scores. Just to clarify the scoring system follows the Strictly Come Dancing format. The first half of the score comes from the votes cast on website (amazingly over 6000 unique votes were cast). The finalist who received the highest number of votes in each category was given 5 points, then second highest got 4 and so on.

The second half of the score came from four ‘SharePoint Experts’ all ranking each of the finalists in each category from 5 (the best) to 1 (their least favourite). The four scores from the Experts for each finalist were then added together and divided by 4 (number of Experts). Hope you are following this. Then the score from the voting was added to the average score from the Experts to get a score out of ten for each finalist. In the event of a draw I had the casting vote. Well, they are my awards! So here are the Winner and Runner-up in each SharePoint category:

1. Best SharePoint Information Site

Winner -
Expert Comment – A great site written not for developers but for real SharePoint Administrators. It really feels as if they care.

Runner Up - SharePoint Magazine 

2. Best SharePoint Web Part Provider

Winner - Amrein Engineering
Expert Comment -Very easy to navigate round site. Like the variety of web parts on offer and how they are explained, lots of crowd pleasers in there.

Runner Up - KWizCom 

3. Best SharePoint Administration Tool  

Winner - ControlPoint (scored a perfect 10)

Expert Comment -Hands down the best in the industry. Very user friendly. Extremely strong permissions reporting capability – the top requirement for managing large farms as 80% of all support calls come from permissions management.

Runner Up - DocAve Administrator

4. Best Website Built on SharePoint

Winner - Chilis
Expert Comment -The most fun site I have seen in years! That chalk work is amazing! Great branding.

Runner Up - Swatch

5. Best SharePoint Training Packages

Winner - Combined Knowledge CBT
Expert Comment –Combined Knowledge continues to lead the way with SharePoint Training. You can tell they understand SharePoint.

Runner Up - CBT Clips

6. Best SharePoint Offline Solution

Winner - Colligo Contributor (perfect 10 again)
Expert Comment - An all great round solution which is easy to use. They offer more than just Outlook integration.

Runner Up - MyDocs from Nsynergy

7. Most Useful SharePoint Web Part

Winner - Column\View Permissions from SharePoint Boost 
Expert Comment - By far the most business benefit – one of the top requests I get on a daily basis. This tool is perfect to resolve that!

Runner Up - Bamboo SharePoint Video Library

8. Favourite Free SharePoint Web Part/Add-On

Winner - Google Charts
Expert Comment – Making life simple is what we all want and this is what Google Charts does.

Runner Up - Visualizer from Equilibrium (Digital Assets)
Expert Comment - Phwooaar, coooool. Very slick. Great way to wow your audience. End users love stuff like this.

9. Most Fun Free Web Part

Winner - Daily Dilbert
Expert Comment – Start your SharePoint with a smile every day.

Runner Up - Hello User from Bamboo Solutions

10. Best SharePoint Application

Winner - ShareKnowledge – E-Learning Solution from Competentum
Expert Comment –Brilliant ! Now businesses can really use SharePoint to train their workforce. Great for Health & Safety courses. So easy to design courses as well. Ideal for any size organisation who have SharePoint.

Runner Up - MediaRich Digital Asset Management from Equilibrium

Andy Dale
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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.


# Sharepoint Consultants 2010-06-25 11:01
I'm having difficulty formulating the question but here goes. I understand the webspaces in office live (essentials) are not considered as HTTPS protocol but they are private..,
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# Scott S. 2010-04-26 09:11
Visualizer from Equilibrium doesn't appear to be free. A free trial, but not completely free.
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