In the Community: A vibrant, growing market
Whether SharePoint blends into Office 365, or companies stay with on-premises SharePoint Servers (Microsoft quietly has said there will be two more releases of the on-premises servers), Microsoft always leaves room for improvement. So, rest assured, the third-party add-ins and plug-ins that make your SharePoint more secure, more performant or just plain more robust will be around for a while.
If you happen to be in the Boston area next week, we invite you to come down to SPTechCon and visit our SOLD-OUT exhibit hall. Of the more than 50 sponsors on hand, we again welcome industry leaders and powerhouses AvePoint (diamond sponsor), and platinum sponsors Atrion, BlueMetal, CommVault, Dell, Esri and K2. These companies have invested heavily in products and services that make your SharePoint implementation pop, and have earned their positions as market makers.
This year, we welcome 17 first-time sponsors-companies of all sizes that are bringing to market new, innovative offerings for SharePoint.
Here are a few examples of the kinds of projects you'll see from these sponsors:
STEALTH Software: Larger international presence, making a North America push.
"Stealth Software provides software-only solutions to enhance the scalability, performance and security of Microsoft SharePoint while reducing costs, complexity and management overhead. Stealth Content Store (SCS) securely manages 'unstructured' data 'in flight' and 'at rest' on premise, in the Cloud or as a hybrid solution. SCS is storage-vendor and Cloud-platform independent. Stealth Extranet for SharePoint (EFS) allows users to securely share data (through two-factor authentication) with external users without allowing them access to your SharePoint environment. EFS eliminates the need for a separate file-sharing application, such as Dropbox or Box.com."
Workspot: Enterprise mobility, BYOD (bring your own device).
"Workspot provides a powerful Workspace-as-a-Service solution for companies of any size to securely deliver core business apps like SharePoint and data on personal mobile devices. Workspot believes today's mobile workforces need to be empowered to work from anywhere with seamless access to their business apps and data across mobile and desktop platforms. Founded in 2012, Workspot is located in Menlo Park, Calif., and recently selected as a Gartner Cool Vendor for Endpoint Computing."
Akumina: InterChange product for user interface.
"Akumina is a SharePoint Web solutions company with more than a decade of experience in developing and deploying Web Content Management solutions on Microsoft technologies. With Akumina, a great-looking SharePoint 2013 website is possible. From discovery to design and implementation, Akumina has the SharePoint expertise to turn marketing's website vision into reality. Once the site is live, Akumina InterChange's persona-based authoring tools empower marketers to control their site's functional direction as well as its content."
VirtualWorks: ViaWorks software for document filing and search across all platforms, SharePoint included.
"VirtualWorks offers out-of-the-box content integration software that enables your employees to access all of your company's knowledge regardless of the application they're working in or where the information lives. ViaWorks, our easy-to-implement and use software, works with SharePoint and normalizes the data across your dispersed repositories, making it easily accessible for search and analytics tools. ViaWorks is a product, not a project, allowing customers to experience immediate ROI. ViaWorks aggregates multiple data and application sources, improves worker productivity and speeds corporate decision making."
Qorus Software: Smart document generation and templates in SharePoint.
"Qorus Software is a global provider of document- and proposal-automation solutions for Microsoft Office and SharePoint. Qorus offers a Sales Proposal Automation and RFP Collaboration solution called Qorus Breeze Proposals. We help organizations to significantly reduce costs as well as the time and effort required to generate customized documents while improving the quality and accuracy of content. Our software also greatly reduces the potential for human error and any formatting issues, helping you create great-looking documents in a fraction of the time."