As business-critical processes continue to make their way onto SharePoint, they create an increasingly prevalent need for secure, legally-enforceable, and manageable automated signature capability. This is due in part by the fact that, without a digital signing capability within SharePoint, paper is introduced into otherwise automated processes each time the need for a signature authorization arises, thus creating the need to print, manually route, track, and archive paper documents. In addition to increasing organizational costs and inducing process delays, this reliance on paper hinders the enhanced efficiency and collaboration companies seek to achieve via SharePoint.
Absolutely! For companies interested in extending the reach of their current applications, consider Duet Enterprise, a product jointly developed by SAP and Microsoft. Duet Enterprise combines the collaboration and productivity supported by Microsoft SharePoint with the business data and business-processing functionality of SAP applications. With Duet Enterprise, companies can easily boost user’s productivity and increase business agility while expanding the value of their IT investments.
What does the energy sector have in common with the banking and insurance industry? They are both subject to increasingly stringent regulations and need to invest more and more in order to win – and keep – the trust of the public. Recent analyst studies show how companies from these two industries can implement a combination of Microsoft SharePoint and OpenText’s ECM solutions to cope with these challenges – while achieving an ROI of up to 376 per cent.
The two IDC studies are available in the “Resources” section of www.better-together-central.com, a website run jointly by OpenText and Microsoft. Along with the studies, companies can also test the Benefits Analyst, a new ROI calculator tool. In just a few clicks, the tool enables users to determine the savings and productivity gains they can achieve with SharePoint and OpenText.
SharePoint is widely recognised as the de-facto information management tool by a wide range of organisations. SharePoint’s ease of use, configurability, extensibility and enthusiastic adoption by end users have all helped ensure its meteoric rise in the information management space. To date Microsoft has sold over 150,000,000 seats of SharePoint and since version 2010, SharePoint is being deployed more rapidly than ever as an enterprise solution.
However, there are corporate, regulatory and legislative compliance requirements faced by organisations that over the last decade have prevented SharePoint being deployed for information governance requirements.
A solid backup & recovery strategy for your SharePoint platform in case of a disaster or a situation that creates a need for single item restores is an important step when maintaining strict SLAs.
Single item restores should be seamlessly possible regardless of where the SharePoint content is stored.
By default, content (including metadata & BLOBs) is stored in the content database. When content is offloaded out of SQL using RBS in combination with an ISV specific EBS/RBS provider, such as the one provided in AvePoint’s DocAve Software Platform for SharePoint, the metadata is stored in the AllUserData or AllDocs table. But the BLOB is offloaded to a NetShare of choice at upload or through scheduled jobs (determined by size, age or other metadata).
In the past, integrating multifunctional devices with SharePoint had been significantly difficult to achieve especially when the integration needed to take place not only on one Multifunctional device but on a heterogeneous fleet of devices. No wonder you can find all kinds of technical forums that have “SharePoint integration” as the topic of discussion and desperate administrators searching for help.
It is still a hard nut to crack for many IT specialists all around the world. Getting a fleet of multifunctional devices integrated with SharePoint and continuously maintaining and updating all of the configurations needed for a smooth documents workflow (just think of all the different user rights for specific folders, sites etc.), is a daunting task to be sure.
Are you thinking about deploying SharePoint in your organization? You won’t have to do much research before
you come across the big “G” word – governance. Just the word itself is somewhat imposing and definitions for
it will vary. In fact, if you ask three different experts what governance means, you’re likely to get four different
answers. And while I have yet to find that one, perfect definition of governance, I can accept this one from
Microsoft: “Governance is the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that guides, directs, and
controls how an organization’s business divisions and IT teams cooperate to achieve business goals.” In short,
it is a “how to” guide.
Why do we need governance? Because we want to ensure (or even better, assure) that the IT solution
achieves the business goals. With complex systems like SharePoint, users need help. Users need guidance
on what they can do and how they do it. Trust me, they aren’t going to just “figure it out.” You may also have
content that must comply with legal regulations such as HIPAA or Sarbanes Oxley—without a governance
plan, you may be in legal jeopardy.
iSoftware Inc., a leading provider of content-aware compliance solutions, today announced it will be a Bronze Sponsor and exhibitor at the European SharePoint Conference 2011 from the 17-21 October in Berlin, Germany.
The European SharePoint Conference is the largest of its kind offering the latest insights, knowledge and experience from some of the best Microsoft SharePoint® experts, including Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM), Microsoft MVPs and other worldwide speakers and industry thought leaders.
In a recent article, It’s Not About Apple vs. Microsoft, Or Apple vs. Google. It’s About Freedom, David Johnson. Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, wrote about the unrealistic restraints that end users find are being imposed by IT systems and policy. The article begins with a fantastic quote that resonated here at Metalogix, “We are learning once again that what people want most is to be free.”
When delivering training for health and safety reasons or for compliance with regulations, it’s usual to document that people have been through training, so that if something goes wrong, you have proof of the training. To quote the US OSHA (www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2254.pdf): Documentation can also supply an answer to one of the first questions an accident investigator will ask: “Was the injured employee trained to do the job?
SharePoint seems a reasonable place to store documentation of training, either to scan in any paper attendance or completion forms, or else if training is conducted online to use SharePoint list and record-keeping details to get the employee to confirm that they have received the training. If it’s stored in SharePoint, it will be retained with other data and accessible into the long term future, and so the initial answer to the question seems a “yes”.