Archive for SharePoint

Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system

Microsoft announced the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The service pack includes major performance enhancements for Office applications, most notably Microsoft Office Outlook, as well as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. With SP2, Office 2007 now has built-in support for Open XML, ODF and PDF, along with the dozen or so other formats that were already supported in Office 2007. In addition to the support for additional file formats, SP2 also includes the Open XML Format External File Converter. This allows developers to make any third-party document format a first-class citizen in Office. This means Office will support most government-preferred formats, and can easily be made to support any others that come along. This release offers enhanced stability for Outlook, calendaring reliability, and more improvements to applications that run on both PCs and servers. Users should notice the improved performance and stability of Outlook, better charting functionality in Excel, and more control over the appearance of SmartArt graphics. On the server side, IT professionals will notice several enhancements to the security and performance of SharePoint Server 2007, including support for read-only content databases, improvements to forms-based authentication, and an STSADM command-line utility that enables administrators to scan sites that use the variations feature for errors. SharePoint Server will also feature better support for newer versions of the Firefox browser. Customers can download SP2 right away. In addition, Microsoft will release SP2 via Microsoft Update’s automatic update mechanism no sooner than three months from now, and with at least 30 days notice. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968170

Microsoft Announces Offer to Acquire Fast

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) announced that it will make an offer to acquire Fast Search & Transfer ASA (OSE: “FAST”) through a cash tender offer for 19.00 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per share. This offer represents a 42 percent premium to the closing share price on Jan. 4, 2008 (the last trading day prior to this announcement), and values the fully diluted equity of FAST at 6.6 billion NOK (or approximately $1.2 billion U.S.). FAST’s board of directors has unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept the offer. In addition, shareholders representing in aggregate 37 percent of the outstanding shares, including FAST’s two largest institutional shareholders, Orkla ASA and Hermes Focus Asset Management Europe, have irrevocably undertaken to accept the offer. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of calendar year 2008. In addition to bolstering Microsoft’s enterprise search efforts, this acquisition increases Microsoft’s research and development presence in Europe, complementing existing research teams in Cambridge, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark, with new capabilities in Norway. http://microsoft.com, http://www.fast.no/

FAST Connector for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Available

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) announced the availability of new technologies in the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP) that integrate with and extend the enterprise search capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. In addition to supporting 80 languages, FAST ESP will enable Office SharePoint Server’s users to employ advanced navigation capabilities to refine results and find facts, using FAST’s Contextual Insight technology. It also uses Office SharePoint Server as a platform, extending Web Parts capabilities to expose customers and industry partners to more relevant information. http://www.microsoft.com/, http://www.fastsearch.com/

Day Delivers Connectivity for Microsoft SharePoint

Day Software (SWX:DAYN)(OTC:DYIHY) announced their latest repository connector that are compliant with the Content Repository for Java Technology API standard (JSR 170) is for Microsoft SharePoint. The Microsoft SharePoint connector is part of Day’s Content Integration family of products that enable enterprises to access and manage all organizational content through a standardized API. This technology allows the implementation of content access, synchronization and consolidation even if the content resides in data stores that do not provide a JCR compliant API. http://www.day.com

Prodiance Introduces Spreadsheet Compliance Solution for Microsoft SharePoint

Prodiance Corporation announced the availability of the Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007. This new solution helps organizations improve compliance and reduce errors in the financial closing process, tighten internal controls for critical spreadsheets. The solution combines spreadsheet discovery, inventory, migration, analysis, reporting, and auditing technologies from Prodiance with content management and workflow infrastructure from Microsoft. The Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 incorporates an integrated suite of products from both companies, including: Prodiance Link Migration Manager – an application that migrates spreadsheets from uncontrolled desktops and shared drives into controlled SharePoint 2007 repositories while automatically updating any embedded links to map to their new web folder locations; Prodiance Spreadsheet IQ – an add-in for Microsoft Office Excel that automates spreadsheet discovery, inventory, risk-based analysis, multi-workbook reporting, dependency mapping, and documentation processes; Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Manager – a web service for Excel that automatically audits and compares formula, data, macro, and VB code changes for better reporting, alerting, and tracking of performance and risk indicators; Microsoft Office Excel 2007; and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is available at http://www.prodiance.com/solutions/sharepoint.html

Vorsite Announces Release of MOSS 2007 Search Connector for Documentum

Vorsite Corporation announced the release of their new Connector Technologies for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search and the EMC|documentum Content Management Platform. For individual EMC|documentum platform owners that decide to utilize the new Microsoft Office 2007 System or begin to integrate using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 or adopt Microsoft Enterprise Search, this announcement means that their existing Documentum content management platform will still be able to take advantage of the experience Microsoft Technologies provide end-users. The Vorsite Connector Technologies were designed on the Microsoft .Net Platform and use standards based web services to provide true enterprise application integration. The Vorsite Connector Technologies currently consist of two main connector types: The Vorsite Content Connectors and Vorsite Search Connectors. Both provide a connection platform for Line-of-Business applications like the EMC|documentum and FileNet P8 Content Management Systems. These Connectors are designed to address four areas of integration: Content/document Sharing, Portal Integration, and content/document Migration. http://www.vorsite.com

Emagine Releases New Version of its Web CMS & Web Application Framework emagiC CMS.Net v4.0

Emagine announced that it has released a new version of its emagiC CMS.Net framework. The new version v4.0, released early January 2007, is a targeted towards Enterprise Content Management and opens the way for e-Government applications. Version 4.0 now includes connectors for MS Office and MS SharePoint Portal Server. On security level, Emagine has partnered with Intesi Group for the integration of eID (Electronic IDentity Card) authentication and real-time identity card verification. And, the new version has extensive support for high traffic websites based on a load balancing system (web farms). The MS Office connector let you view and edit documents, stored in the emagiC CMS.Net document library, directly from within MS Office. No need to enter the emagiC CMS.Net administration interface, download the document, make changes and upload it again to the server. Just open MS Office and connect to the emagiC CMS.Net document library. The emagiC CMS.Net SharePoint connector adds the possibility to display content from MS SharePoint Portal Server into the emagiC CMS.Net website. SharePoint lists can be added to any page in emagiC CMS.Net. As with any emagiC CMS.Net module, you control the information that you want to be displayed and the way you want it to be displayed. The SharePoint connector uses SharePoint Web Services. This way, the security settings defined in SharePoint will apply to the credentials specified for the SharePoint connector. http://www.emagiccms.com

The ECM/BPM Intersection: Infrastructure versus Solutions

The summer of ’06 gave credence to the notion that multiple ECM and BPM suite vendors are preparing for the business buyer at the ECM/BPM intersection. Examples include:

June’s announcements included EMC/Documentum’s acquisition of ProActivity, Metastorm’s integration with Documentum, Hummingbird, Interwoven and Meridio — quickly followed by a major upgrade of its BPMS suite, which includes a strong focus on strengthening its Sharepoint integration. Not to be outdone, Ultimus announced its iBAM Suite, targeting non-technical business users who need visibility into BPM-enabled business processes. The tagline? “Go from Zero to BAM in less than 10 minutes.”

July’s announcements included one from the open source community, a hot arena across all content technology categories. Describing its offering as the first Zero-Code BPMS, Intalio describes its BPMS 4.2 product as ideal for “complex business processes that include Web Services orchestration and web-based human workflow.”

August’s IBM-FileNet merger got lots of press and continues to focus on “synergistic BPM technologies.” Although this news seemed to overshadow the Oracle-IDS Scheer partnership, this announcement also deserves attention for those following the chase between Oracle, IBM and Tibco Software (who seems to have finally made significant progress in 2006 on maximizing its 2004 Staffware acquisition.

These “catch up” summer activities are strong signals to competing vendors already traveling the path toward meeting the requirements of complex business processes that must combine data-centric BPM integrations (including SOA) with content-centric, human-driven interactions. Players with earlier investments or partnerships supporting this roadmap include BEA’s Fuego acquisition in March, the Vignette-Lombardi alliance in April, Interwoven’s strategy to bolster visibility for its Fujitsu partnership, and Global 360’s steady progress toward “bridging the islands of process automation across BPM, transaction management, ERP and content management systems” by integrating its G360 EX and G360 BOS products.

Now comes the fall and expectations for 2007 products that are not simply infrastructure-ready, but rather solution-specific ready. It is our belief that applying integrated ECM/BPM solutions to real-world issues requires the ability to handle hybrid, complex, and high-volume processes in a manner that enables rapid deployment through ease of use and pre-packaging of vertical or horizontally-specific capabilities including workflow, modeling objects, business rules, and end-user dashboards for monitoring and analytics. This will be critical to vertical uptake in industries such as Banking, Insurance and Telecommunications as well as horizontal arenas such as compliance, claims processing, accounts payable, and human resources.

Some vendors can already point to these capabilities, which ultimately cross the unstructured content and structured data worlds; Others are well on their way to demonstrating them. The fall of 2006 should be an interesting quarter.