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SharePoint 2010 collaboration ISVs focus on workflow, analytics
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of October 2011
With 125 million licenses sold, Microsoft’s SharePoint is the market leader for enterprise collaboration, but it doesn’t solve every business problem for every user. Instead, many SharePoint 2010 collaboration platform users rely on a host of independent software vendors (ISVs) to handle what SharePoint can't. According to the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) Industry Watch report SharePoint – strategies and experiences, the top three areas targeted by ISVs in 2010 were workflow, search and analytics, and security and rights management. They’re areas that Ryan Duguid, a senior product manager at Microsoft responsible for SharePoint enterprise content management (ECM), said continue to dominate ISV development interest. That interest began with the introduction of SharePoint 2003, when ISVs stepped in to support users beyond their basic needs, according to Mark Gilbert, research vice president and lead analyst on SharePoint for Gartner Research in Stamford, Conn. SharePoint 2007 sparked greater interest ...
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