Redmond’s Inaugural Third-Party All-Star Awards Honor a Few SharePoint ISVs

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

Redmond magazine, the leading independent publication for the Microsoft IT community, released its first third-party all-star awards honoring 21 of the best vendors. These companies invent solutions for deployment and management of core Microsoft technologies. VMware took the platinum vendor of the year award, but LinkTek and Metalogix have been recognized for their innovations in the SharePoint space, alongside Quest, for more extensive Microsoft-based technology support. Here is a quick overview.

Product Review: BrightWork 11 Brings Unique Features to Market Solidifying Its Offering

Written by Mike Ferrara. Posted in Business Solutions

In its simplest form, BrightWork is a product aimed at work, project and portfolio management on SharePoint. In its eleventh release, BrightWork has solidified itself as a strong player in the project management space on SharePoint. It’s packed with a bevy of features you’d expect to see in a PM tool that provide for many use cases when looking to simplify the complexities of managing projects on SharePoint. In this review, I will highlight some of the new features in this release that I think are worth investigating when deciding on what product to choose.

Product Review: TITUS Metadata Security

Written by Joel Oleson. Posted in Security & Governance

Clearly one of the most challenging things in managing SharePoint is permissions.  Supporting SharePoint adoption requires trust in the platform, and in many cases, the out-of-the-box permissions management just doesn’t quite meet the needs.  In fact, in many environments it is poor governance and poor management practices that lead to security leaks that ultimately give SharePoint a bad name.  Failed deployments can be linked back to poor management practices as it leads to permissions, authentication, and security controls and the lack thereof.  The key to successful deployments is appropriate data governance.  Managing your assets means proper controls.  The reality of any out-of-the-box SharePoint deployment means applying permissions manually.  Applying permissions is manual, which is labor intensive when it’s centralized, and even when it is a delegated process, there is a lack of effective and consistent process for data governance.

Product Review: EPM Live - Enterprise Project and Work Management for the Masses

Written by Joel Oleson. Posted in Business Solutions

SharePoint has been sold as both an application and a platform.  One of the biggest challenges in SharePoint deployments is often finding the core scenarios.  It’s easy to say it’s a portal, search, or collaboration.  What should it really be used for?  Is it a collaboration platform? Is it a portal?  Is it an ECM publishing site?  With EPM Live there is no guessing.  The rich enterprise project and work management solutions plug right into your SharePoint environment and provide the key scenarios.  In the case of EPM Live, it’s not about widgets and web parts.  It’s about full end-to-end enterprise project and work management that beat the likes of expensive line-of-business systems, which require additional hardware and specialists.  Why not take advantage of your existing investment in SharePoint for your EPM needs?  That’s exactly what EPM Live is positioned to do.

Product Validation: Metalogix Content Matrix Migration Express

Written by Kathryn Birstein. Posted in Product Validation Reports

This Product Validation Report produced by SharePointReviews.com in collaboration with Kathryn Birstein delivers independent validation of Metalogix Content Matrix Migration Express capabilities and provides insights on how the product compliments customers’ native Microsoft SharePoint deployments.

This report should not be treated as a replacement for the evaluation process that you would normally conduct before making a purchasing decision, but it will provide independent information on the product to help you with your decision.

Download this Product Validation Report (PDF)

 

My Secret Weapon for SharePoint Project Roll Outs and New Employee Ramp Up (End-User's Point of View)

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

SPShep2010FCoverFor the record, I am not a developer or a SharePoint administrator. I am an end user. Perhaps I could consider myself a bit more than that - a “power user”, maybe. Definitely a line of business owner. I think of myself as a key decision maker in an organization, when it comes to business solutions based on SharePoint. I have substantial influence over the tools we use for sales and marketing, both internally and externally.

Product Review: Backup Your SharePoint Content with MetaVis 'Agentless' Backup

Posted in Administration & Infrastructure

If you asked me to start listing the third party vendors who offer some kind of backup and archiving solution for an on-premises implementation of SharePoint, I wouldn’t know where to start -- there are a number of them. But if you asked me to name the vendors who offer the same solution for a hosted version of SharePoint, like Office 365, there’s only one I can think of -- MetaVis Backup.  MetaVis Backup is the newest tool to come from MetaVis, a provider of information management tools for SharePoint. It works as a standalone solution or can be combined with the MetaVis Architect Suite which includes Architect, Migrator and Classifier. MetaVis Backup takes its place easily among the backup and archiving providers for on-premises SharePoint, but it’s the ability to support cloud-based SharePoint implementations that really make it stand out.

Product Validation: MetaVis Backup

Posted in Product Validation Reports

This Product Validation Report produced by SharePointReviews.com in collaboration with Barbie Mosher Zinck, Managing Editor of CMSWire.com, delivers independent validation of MetaVis Backup capabilities and provides insights on how the product compliments customers’ native Microsoft SharePoint deployments, on-prem or in the cloud.

This report should not be treated as a replacement for the evaluation process that you would normally conduct before making a purchasing decision, but it will provide independent information on the product to help you with your decision.

Download this Product Validation Report (PDF)

 

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