Colligo Blog: SharePoint

Genèse Castonguay Named Finalist in Stevie® Awards For Women in Business

I was really pleased to hear that our VP marketing, Genèse Castonguay, was named as a finalist in the Best Canadian Executive category in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business this year. The Stevie’s are well known international business awards.

This recognition is very well deserved. Genèse is an integral part of the senior management team that has built our SharePoint business from a dream to a profitable powerhouse growing at well over 100% per year. Here’s a summary of her accomplishments:

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Microsoft to Present at Upcoming Webinar on Partnering with SharePoint ISVs

Microsoft to Present at Upcoming Webinar on Partnering with SharePoint ISVs

If you are a SharePoint VAR, Systems Integrator, or consultant you won’t want to miss this upcoming webinar. As mentioned in Joel Oleson’s Blog, Owen Allen of Microsoft is sure to be a great speaker, and you will learn a bit more about how you can partner with a couple of leading ISVs in one of the hottest SharePoint areas – replication

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Bill England Online Now

Hello World!

I am Bill England and this is my first foray into a blogging. Barry Jinks, our CEO at Colligo, is a regular blogger (www.offlinesharepoint.com) and has been encouraging me to participate. Inertia has gotten in the way until now, but Jeffrey Gitomer was recently in town and helped me over come old Newton.

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New Research Report Published on SharePoint

Internet Research Group just announced the release of a new report on SharePoint entitled “Microsoft SharePoint (takes over the world)”. Cool Title!

The press release mentions Colligo and a number of other third parties in the SharePoint ecosystem, such as AvePoint, Quest Software, and K2.

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Colligo Contributor Named 2008 Editors Choice by Windows IT Pro

I received the latest issue of Windows IT Pro by good old snail mail yesterday. Here's a link to the <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/Windows/Issues/IssueID/916/Index.html" target="_blank">online edition</a>. Nice to see Colligo named a couple of times in there – once for the <a href="/blog/colligo-contributor-pro-wins-best-of-tech-ed/" target="_blank">Best of Tech Ed Award in Productivity and Collaboration</a> and once for <a href="/news-releases/colligo-networks-named-2008-editor’s-best-award-winner-by-windows-it-pro-magazine/">Bronze in the 2008 Editors Best Award in SharePoint</a>.

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The Power of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem

Yesterday Colligo Networks announced its second quarter financial results. I was pretty pleased with the progress the company is making – with sales up 100% year over year and strong funnel of business into 2009. But the big news in the quarter was how the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem is really driving our sales.

A bit of history. It was always our belief that the bulk of our revenues would be generated through Microsoft partners. However, like most ISVs, we started off in May 2006 selling our SharePoint product line direct out of necessity, while recruiting partners in parallel. On November 28, 2006, we announced the Colligo for SharePoint Partner Program. At the time, we had about 20 partners signed, though very little revenue flowing through the channel. By mid-2007 we started to see results. At the same time, we were pretty pleased to see an article in ChannelWeb with the title “25 ISVs You Must Know”, along with the quote:

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Share. T-Shirts Now Available at the Colligo Online Store

<a href="http://217559.spreadshirt.com/us/US/Shop/" target="_blank"><img class="alignleft" src="http://www.colligo.com/images/colligo-tshirt.jpg" alt="" width="120" height="113" border="0" /></a> This year, the Colligo team distributed over 1,000 free t-shirts at the SharePoint Conference in Seattle and at the Tech-Ed IT Professionals Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Share. t-shirt has become so popular that we've received several requests to purchase it online.

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Colligo Contributor 3.1 Now Available

Colligo Contributor version 3.1 has just been released. The big news in this release is more advanced support for metadata, which is particularly useful for using SharePoint in ECM applications. Now you can set folder level metadata in SharePoint using the Contributor Client, Add-In or Pro – a feature not currently available on the server. The key enhancements in version 3.1 are highlighted below:

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Buzz in the Blogosphere

For the past week I&#039;ve been kayaking up &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.vancouverisland.com/regions/towns/?townID=3935&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Clayoquot Sound&lt;/a&gt; – a positively blissful experience. The trip was organized and guided by my dear friend Kim Crosby from &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.kayakbc.com/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Wildheart Adventures&lt;/a&gt;, who always puts on a terrific trip. But (sigh) now that I&#039;m back to reality I noticed a few interesting blog posts that I wanted to share.

Andy Dale MCSE, who works for &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.office-talk.com/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Officetalk&lt;/a&gt; in the UK, wrote a couple of interesting posts. The first one entitled &lt;a href=&quot;http://andydalesharepoint.blogspot.com/2008/06/six-summer-sharepoint-sizzers.html&quot;&gt;&quot;Six Summer SharePoint Sizzlers&quot;&lt;/a&gt; highlighted a number of SharePoint Add-on products that he found interesting. His comments about Colligo Contributor were very flattering, indeed:

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Using SharePoint to Manage Email – Part 4 – Colligo Contributor Add-In for Outlook

This is the fourth and final post in a series based on a Colligo whitepaper called “Developing an Effective Email Management Solution in SharePoint”. If you’d like to read the full whitepaper or view the associated webinar with special guest speaker, Kathy Hughes, Microsoft MVP, you can get them here.

In the third post we outlined some of the tradeoffs that need to be made when developing an email management solution in SharePoint, then explored the capabilities of the out-of-the-box solutions. In this post we will take a closer look at our product – Colligo Contributor Add-In for Outlook. This is not meant to be an advertorial, but to provide a bit more detail on why we incorporated certain features into the product.

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