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How Law Firms Can Proactively Reduce eDiscovery Risk & Cost

Proactive eDiscovery and other legal compliance activities should be part of a well-functioning business strategy across legal and IT for better collaboration.

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Social SharePoint with Yammer in Outlook – the easy way!

There has been a tremendous amount of excitement about Yammer in the enterprise social space. Microsoft’s acquisition of Yammer – a secure, private social network for enterprises – in 2012 laid the groundwork for a merger of two strong products for enterprise collaboration – SharePoint and Yammer. Colligo customers are already using Yammer, and while …

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Summary: Myths and Truths About Email Management with SharePoint

This is my sixth and last post in a guest series I’m doing here on “The Myths & Truths of Email Management with SharePoint.”. My last post was on SharePoint list scalability.

SharePoint is a great platform for managing email and attachments and has several advantages in the right scenarios. In addition to providing the capability to store, organize, and search for content, SharePoint enables email to become part of the content that is shared throughout the organization. This improves collaboration and content re-use. There are a number of alternatives for moving emails to SharePoint, including out-of-the box methods such as email-enabled lists, managed folders, and third party applications such as Colligo Contributor Add-In for Outlook. The key to success is building an architecture that is scalable, while making it easy for information workers to use.

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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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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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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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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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Myth #3: A SharePoint deployment isn’t complete until you turn on email-enabled lists

This is the fourth post in a guest series I’m doing here on Email Management in SharePoint. The third post was Myth #2.

Emailing a post to a blog … very cool or archiving an Exchange Discussion List to a SharePoint list … super cool … but be careful. Email-enabled self service lists can easily get out of control. Microsoft IT, which loves to use nearly every feature of SharePoint, decided against using email-enabled lists.

Email-enabled lists can be a significant IT resource drain. Without the proper planning and management, AD objects will be created with archiving and no lifecycle. Contact account naming standards are another reason. IT doesn’t want to see random contacts in AD.

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Colligo Truth # 2 – Contributor Add-In for Outlook coupled with SharePoint can provide the functionality of Public Folders without the drawbacks

Joel Oleson discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of Exchange Public Folders in his last post. Like Public Folders, Colligo Contributor Add-In for Outlook provides a convenient method for linking SharePoint document libraries and lists into Outlook folders. Unlike Public Folders, the addition of shared folders to mailboxes does not necessitate IT involvement. They can be added by end users themselves, based on existing user permissions set in SharePoint. Optionally, IT administrators can push out a configuration file to the clients that automatically links a set of SharePoint document libraries and folders to Outlook without user intervention. This file can also be used to manage a number of configuration options, including default metadata for individual folders.

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Myth #2: Public Folders are dead

This is the third post in a guest series I’m doing here on Email Management in SharePoint. The second post was Myth #1.

In early 2006, the Exchange Team at Microsoft outlined their thoughts about the future of Public Folders in a blog post titled “Exchange 12 and Public Folders.” It was intended to let customers know that Microsoft was de-emphasizing Public Folders for certain applications, but many misunderstood this to mean that Public Folders were dead.

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