As a value added service to customers who have implemented (or will) SharePoint in their organization, I have established a relationship with Colligo Networks, Inc. as an official Colligo for SharePoint Partner. I am now the sole integrator for Colligo in the Winnipeg and Manitoba regions.
As a developer and integrator, I am speciliazing in solutions utilizing Colligo’s flagship software – Colligo Contributor™ Pro. This is an easy-to-deploy .NET client application that extends the power of SharePoint to the desktop. It can boost productivity and adoption by enabling users to instantly and securely access, modify and create SharePoint content online and offline. Contributor Pro includes two user interface options: a rich standalone desktop client and an Outlook Add-in.
As you probably know, Outlook 2007 provides support for linking SharePoint Lists and Document Libraries. But as the following table shows, Contributor offers much more:
+ Outlook 2007
|SharePoint+ Groove 2007||SharePoint
+ Colligo Contributor
|Drop content into Document Libraries through Outlook folders||Yes|
|Offline cache, 2-way sync of custom lists||Yes|
|Offline cache, 2-way sync of Document Libraries||Yes||Yes|
|Apply standard and custom metadata at time of capture||Yes|
|Automatically extract email message properties to metadata||Yes|
Contributor could be of great value for your organization – not only for offline access to SharePoint content, but also for:
Remote offices where bandwidth is an issue
- User-based migration of Exchange Public Folders to SharePoint using Outlook
- Email collaboration or archival in SharePoint, especially for compliance and retention policies and regulations
If you would like to experience the power of Colligo’s offline access to SharePoint for yourself, download the free Colligo Reader. It’s a great way to try the rich offline SharePoint experience that Contributor Client delivers. Reader provides read-only access to SharePoint content offline, including documents, lists and metadata. It’s also very simple to use, and would require virtually no training or support for most end-users.
For more information about my consulting services for SharePoint, please drop me a line.