Colligo Blog: Content & Knowledge Management

Claims-Based Authentication in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 includes many new features that have people excited about moving to it from older versions of SharePoint or from legacy ECM systems. One of these features is a new, more powerful and flexible authentication model called claims-based authentication. Authentication is simply the process of validating a user’s identity. After a user’s identity is validated, the authorization process determines which sites, content, and other features the user can access. In SharePoint 2010, you can choose to use either ‘classic-mode’ authentication or the new ‘claims-based’ authentication.

Claims-based authentication works with any corporate identity system, including Active Directory, LDAP-based directories, application-specific databases, as well as new user-centric identity models, such as Windows Live ID.

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Colligo Contributor Receives U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness (CoN)

We are really pleased to announce that our Colligo Contributor Uploader for Outlook product, which integrates Outlook and SharePoint for email management, has received the Certificate of Networthiness from the U.S. Army.

This certification is important for doing business with the U.S. Federal Government as many Federal departments have this specific requirement. The Certificate signifies that Colligo’s software is in full compliance with the Army Enterprise Infrastructure’s strict standards for security, supportability, sustainability and compatibility. It also applies to the National Guard, Army Reserve and Department of Defense organizations using the Army Enterprise Infrastructure network.

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On-Demand Webinar – How SharePoint 2010 Changes the Metadata Game

Our recent webinar with Daniel Kogan, Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager for SharePoint ECM on “<a href="/resources/webinars/">How SharePoint 2010 Changes the Metadata Game</a>” set a new record with almost 3000 SharePoint Professionals registering for this event. The feedback from attendees has been excellent and here is your chance to view the on-demand version. There is really no doubt that the new metadata features introduced with SharePoint 2010 lies at the heart of what makes SharePoint great.

In the webinar, Daniel went over many of the key scenarios for why it’s important for people to apply metadata, namely <a title="sharepoint governance" href="https://www.colligo.com/sharepoint-solutions/business/compliance/">governance</a>, management, consistency and standardization. Daniel also detailed and demoed the new metadata features for SharePoint 2010 including the enterprise managed metadata service, enterprise keywords, the taxonomy and hierarchy management tool, and the new functionality for social tagging and folksonomy. As well, Daniel discussed the new content type syndication model for SharePoint 2010 and showed the power behind this relatively simple feature.

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2010 ARMA Conference – SharePoint 2010 and Records Management in the Spotlight

The Colligo team recently participated in another very interesting conference, this time the 2010 ARMA conference in San Francisco. The conference brings together records and information management professionals from across North America. Once again, SharePoint 2010 was very much front and center with this group. It was easy to see the importance that Microsoft is putting on the new records management functionality of SharePoint 2010, as they had a huge presence at the show, with an extremely busy booth and an always full SharePoint lab where they would walk people through the new records management capabilities of SharePoint 2010.

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Colligo Supports SharePoint Online, BPOS, & Office 365

No matter what you call it, hosted or cloud-based, <a title="sharepoint online services" href="/sharepoint-solutions/business/office-365-cloud/">SharePoint Online services</a> are becoming increasingly popular for organizations that want to take advantage of the features and capabilities of SharePoint, but don't want the overhead associated with managing an on-premise SharePoint installation. The benefits of cloud computing are many – lower hardware costs, simplified software deployment, and incredible scalability – to name a few.

With Microsoft's recent announcement of <a title="Office 365" href="/sharepoint-solutions/business/office-365-cloud/">Office 365</a> (the newest incarnation of BPOS, planned for rollout in 2011) and their renewed drive into the cloud computing market, organizations from large to small, will be looking at hosted or cloud based SharePoint as an alternative to on-premise.

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Upcoming Webinar – How SharePoint 2010 Changes the Metadata Game

We really excited to be partnering again with Microsoft for another webinar on December 1, 2010. This webinar features Daniel Kogan, Senior Program Manager for SharePoint <a title="ECM" href="/sharepoint-solutions/business/collaboration/">ECM</a> and Microsoft’s top metadata guru who will discuss the new metadata capabilities of SharePoint 2010, including the new content types and taxonomy service, and how they can be used to enhance productivity and unlock new business potentials and scenarios.

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Colligo and Microsoft Share the Stage at SharePoint Palooza

Colligo and Microsoft were invited to present at the recent SharePoint Palooza conference in Seattle. The event was a great success with over 470 SharePoint professionals attending this action-packed, one day conference.

Colligo and Microsoft were asked by the conference organizers to speak (in both the Executive Summit and the regular conference track) on our recent webinar topic: How Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs Department (LCA) is Using SharePoint and Colligo for ECM and Records Management. At the Executive Summit in the morning, Sheryl Nolan, LCA’s Senior Solution Manager and I presented, while at the regular conference track later in the afternoon, I shared the stage with Nishan DeSilva, Director of Information Management & Corporate Records Compliance at Microsoft.

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Colligo Survey on SharePoint, Enterprise Content Management, and Cloud Storage Adoption

Earlier this year, Colligo completed a survey on SharePoint, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), and Cloud Storage Adoption. We were extremely pleased by the response of the SharePoint community with over 750 SharePoint professionals participating in the survey.

We gathered a lot of interesting findings from the survey, a few of them I’ll summarize in this post. You can also download the entire survey here, to get more details on the specific survey responses and our analysis.

The survey indicated a very high level of SharePoint adoption in the enterprise (over 86%) with the highest adoption in companies with over 5000 employees. We found that SharePoint has achieved broad acceptance across the many departments of organizations, with the highest level of usage in IT/Technical followed by project management and operations.

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On-Demand Webinar Available: Best Practices for Project & Email Management for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Firms

Colligo held another very successful webinar recently, this time on Best Practices for Project & Email Management for Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC) firms. The AEC industry is very important to Colligo, as AEC firms have been among the leading adopters of SharePoint for document, email, and project management. AEC firms are increasingly choosing SharePoint to improve knowledge management, professional service delivery, and client satisfaction.

Our guest speakers for this event included Mark Beckmann, the Professional Services Industry Partner Manager for Microsoft and Richard Grove, who’s the Senior Project Manager, Technology for Webcor Builders in California. Colligo’s own Ed Kaczor also participated and answered a numbered of questions at the end of the webinar.

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Help Colligo Win the 2010 SharePoint Community Choice Awards

Colligo Contributor Pro for SharePoint and Colligo Reader have been nominated as finalists in the 2010 Windows IT Pro Community Choice Awards, presented by Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine.

This award is based on community voting. If you like Colligo Contributor, you can show it by casting your vote (assuming you think we are the best of course!). This is where you vote. Go to the bottom of the page and hit “Next”. On the next page, scroll to Category #23. Best SharePoint Product and select “Colligo Contributor Pro for SharePoint”.

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