Colligo Blog: SharePoint

IT at GM

First and foremost was the sheer number of applications: "Killeen said GM eliminated 300 applications in 2008, reducing its corporate total from 2,200 to 1,900. Back in 1996, when Szygenda took the reins at GM, the application total was a budget-busting 7,000. At that time, Szygenda has estimated, GM had the highest IT costs per vehicle in the auto industry." This staggering number of applications speaks to the sheer complexity of the industry. Many of my clients these days are trying to simplify their software stack. When you layer all the various aspects of support, upgrades, patches, and interdependecies into 7,000 applications you can only imagine the headaches. Additionally, I will feel better about CIO's not calling me back right away – after all they might have 1k's of other sales reps calling!

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Colligo Truth #5 – Colligo Contributor has a number of optimizations to improve content retrieval performance, and supports default metadata at the folder level.

As part of our continuing series on email management in SharePoint, I wanted to comment on Joel Oleson’s last post on storing all emails and attachments in a single document library. As he points out, SharePoint lists can exhibit performance problems when they are used to store large numbers of items. Since Colligo Contributor is a client-based solution for storing and displaying SharePoint lists, it can often improve list rendering performance for users.

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BDC for Legal

Just stumbled upon an excellent introductory article on the Business Data Catalog (BDC) by Mark Gerow on Here is the link:

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SharePoint in the Legal Market

Colligo Contributor has strong traction in the professional services market (accounting, construction, legal, management consulting, architecture, etc.) This is not surprising given our rich history with the Workgroup Edition product in the audit space. More recently we have been picking up momentum in the legal vertical with the Contributor Outlook Add-In and we have released a case study with Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.

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Myth #5: It’s better to keep all emails and attachments in one place, and then use metadata to search SharePoint content.

This is the fifth in a guest series I’m doing here on “The Myths & Truths of Email Management with SharePoint.”. My last post was on Managed Folders.

Storing all emails and attachments in a single document library is a common practice and popular method for personal storage, however this is not a recommended best practice for knowledge repositories. In SharePoint, document libraries require special information architecture because of performance degradation associated with lists that contain a large number of items.

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New Jobs Posted at Colligo

A couple of new postings went up on the Colligo careers page today. These are interesting opportunities for talented people that are looking to join a fast growing, and well known, member of the SharePoint ecosystem.

The jobs are:

Senior Software Developer
Solution Sales Professional

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Colligo Truth #4 – If you need to route emails and attachments to SharePoint, Colligo Contributor Add-In for Outlook can offer the capabilities of Managed Folders without the administrative overhead.

Happy Valentines Day! In our continuing series on email management in SharePoint, I wanted to expand on Joel Oleson’s last post on Managed Folders. Here I will present an alternative to Managed Folders that let’s you store emails directly in SharePoint – Colligo Contributor Add-In for Outlook.

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The SharePoint Technology Conference (SPTechCon)

The SharePoint Technology Conference (SPTechCon)

I just returned from SPTechCon in San Francisco, CA last week (see: SPTechCon) and wanted to provide a brief summary and commentary.

The three day event was well run and more importantly well attended. For a conference of this type, 600+ attendees is a solid turn out. Contrary to the news headlines these days, there are still plenty of organizations with IT budgets to spend on SharePoint implementations, upgrades and third party products. Randy Halischuk, who runs our marketing department and I manned the booth for Colligo and we were very busy between sessions answering questions and introducing people to our technology.

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Upcoming Webinar: 7 Ways To Get More From Your SharePoint Deployment Now

We’re really excited about the upcoming webinar in February with consultant and author, Michael Sampson. As you can see, he just published a really interesting book on SharePoint, called “Seamless Teamwork”. I’m just reading it and plan to review it on this blog before the webinar.

Please join me on February 19th to hear Michael deliver some of the valuable content from his book live! The promo piece for the webinar is below:

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Myth #4: Managed Folders linked to SharePoint lists will solve all archiving needs.

Happy New Year! This is my first post of 2009 on the Offline SharePoint blog and the fifth in a guest series I’m doing here on “The Myths & Truths of Email Management with SharePoint.”. My last post was on SharePoint email-enabled lists.

The subject of this post is Managed Folders. Managed Folders were introduced in Exchange 2007 to provide administrators with an easy way for users to archive email. Any Managed Folder can be configured such that all emails sent to it are routed to SharePoint. It’s an incredibly insightful feature and when implemented properly can reduce mailbox sizes, while capturing the intended emails and attachments. When not implemented properly, Managed Folders can be abused, causing SharePoint to become a dumping ground.

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