Looking for a product to add to your Wish List that will help you get control over your SharePoint environment? Then make sure to check out ControlPoint, the product that swept three major SharePoint product awards in 2011: 2011 Windows IT Pro Editors’ Best SharePoint Product Award, 2011 Windows IT Pro Community Choice Award, and 2011 Best of SharePoint Pro Connections.
Join us today for this live demonstration of ControlPoint where we will show you how you can:
• Enforce SharePoint governance automatically
• Enable better SharePoint decisions
• Improve the focus and agility of your SharePoint management team
• Boost your SharePoint’s value
• Avoid SharePoint security breaches and their associated costs
• Increase end-user adoption
• Reduce demands on the overall SharePoint infrastructure
Attend the webinar and add ControlPoint to your end of year wish list today.
Looking for more insight into your SharePoint environment? Join us for this webinar which will focus on the existing features of ControlPoint that have established it as the award-winning SharePoint administration product. Some of these benefits include:
- Enforces SharePoint governance automatically
- Enables smarter SharePoint decisions
- Improves the focus and agility of SharePoint management teams
- Boosts SharePoint's value
We will also focus on the latest features and enhancements from the 4.5 release of ControlPoint. Some of the latest enhancements include:
- More automated, proactive control over your SharePoint environment
- More capabilities to help you cleanup SharePoint before or after your migration to 2010
- More features that meet the needs of all stakeholders – from Admin to Exec
This is your chance to either get a first look at ControlPoint, or a first look at this exciting new release. We hope you can join us for this exciting webinar!
Tuesday, October 18th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (EDT) - Register now.
Webinar Today - August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm EDT
FileLoader 2010: The Best Way to Move Files to SharePoint 2010
Need to move your file shares to SharePoint 2010? Join us for a special online demonstration of FileLoader 2010, a powerful new tool that can help you move file shares quickly and easily.
Key benefits of FileLoader 2010 include:
- Faster, less error-prone file share migrations to SharePoint 2010
- Maintain custom content types
- Make your content more “findable” by maintaining or adding metadata “tags” during migration, or quickly update after migration
- Maintain historic and source information, and folder structures, or completely transform data during migration
- Put content migration decisions into the hands of data owners, online or offline, using MS Excel
- Discover content to be migrated based on date ranges, file size, or file extension
- Integrates with SharePoint 2010 Managed Metadata Service
This is your chance to get a first look at this exciting new product. See how FileLoader can help your business.
SharePoint Governance with Axceler ControlPoint
Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT
Join us for this exciting webinar on one of the hottest topics in the SharePoint community, SharePoint Governance.
SharePoint farms can quickly become difficult to manage as sites proliferate and become a nightmare for administrators. Some of the most common challenges administrators face today include: poorly managed permissions leading to security gaps, deployments that quickly become time-consuming to manage, limited view into the status of the SharePoint activity, uncontrolled growth of sites and site collections, and no ability to manage the increasing set of site administrators.
Axceler ControlPoint gives you the ability to explore, protect, analyze and control SharePoint by giving you full visibility into your SharePoint environment. ControlPoint gives you powerful control with comprehensive permissions management, in-depth activity and storage analysis, and the ability to control SharePoint usage with policies. With ControlPoint, you maintain tighter SharePoint security, make smarter management decisions, gain full control over your deployment, better manage your content, and reduce the overall cost of SharePoint ownership.
Join this upcoming webinar to learn how to Axceler ControlPoint can enforce your SharePoint Governance policies. Whether you have SharePoint 2007 or SharePoint 2010, you can benefit from attending this session where we will show you how to use ControlPoint to:
- Manage SharePoint Permissions
- Set up alerts and enforce policies
- Analyze SharePoint usage and activity
- Move / Copy sites and content
- Clean up, manage and configure SharePoint accounts and sites
- Analyze SharePoint content and storage
- Monitor SharePoint trends
- Audit your SharePoint environment
- Identify governance violations
Bridge the SharePoint Security Gap: Get an understanding of “out of the box” SharePoint security management and how Axceler extends SharePoint security Best Practices with ControlPoint 4.2.
Join Bob German, Technology Architect with Microsoft, and Gail Shlansky, Director of Product Management with Axceler, as the they discuss how to implement security in SharePoint that will allow you to most effectively manage Permissions and adhere to your organization’s Governance Policies.
Attend this session to learn about
- Gaining SharePoint permissions visibility
- Identifying who has access to any securable object
- Setting alerts on SharePoint permissions
- Troubleshooting limited access
- Cleaning up orphan users
- Managing inheritance
DATE: Today, Tuesday June 7, 2011
TIME: 2 PM EDT
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Article originally published 10/6/2010, SPTechReport newsletter, Copyright © 2010, BZ Media LLC. All rights reserved.
An important question to answer when moving to SharePoint 2010 is how to design the new environment: centralized, with a traditional, top-down managed portal; or a decentralized environment, featuring user-driven collaboration? Many companies struggle with this decision, and for good reason: These decisions determine how the environment will be managed, how customizations will be supported, and the level of difficulty of future upgrades.
Most organizations are familiar with the centralized environments of intranet portals. Some of the benefits within a centralized SharePoint environment include consistent use of content types and workflows, reduced metadata duplication, and documented customizations that make system updates and platform upgrades much easier. This model is easier for supporting and training end users, managing business processes, controlling information policies, and providing metrics and key performance indicators.
But there are downsides to the centralized model. It takes a lot of design and planning; requires more upfront work and maintenance; requires an increased reliance on governance and formal change control boards; and has difficulty managing across site collections and portals.
Most end users prefer a more decentralized environment where they can control when and how they collaborate. From an administrative standpoint, there are definite advantages, such as little or no planning, very little upfront effort to deploy, and low time/cost to train end users.
With decreased emphasis on taxonomy and business process management, most decentralized systems work across site collections and portals. These systems more closely mirror the consumer-based collaboration platforms users are accustomed to using, such as social networks and microblogging sites.
The downsides to this approach are that they decrease consistency, increase metadata duplication, and make taxonomy management complex. Decentralized environments are also hard to update, support and train on, manage information policies with, and upgrade.
One of the primary benefits of SharePoint 2010 as a platform is the use of services. By deploying shared services at the enterprise level, companies can utilize the flexibility and collaborative benefits of the decentralized model, allowing end users to collaborate organically while still maintaining some degree of control over taxonomy and metadata, source data, InfoPath forms and critical business processes. Sites and site collections can consume these services as needed, but retain local control over every other aspect of their environments.
There still remain administrative impacts, such as the need to define roles and service owners, as well as the need to define your governance model for these services, but overall, SharePoint 2010 offers the enterprise much more power and flexibility that more closely mirrors the ways modern teams connect and collaborate.
When the city of Las Vegas went looking for software to better manage its 300 SharePoint sites, it turned to Axceler. ControlPoint 4.0 was selected after the city evaluated three SharePoint administration tools.
"We were seeking an administration tool that was easy enough for both our user community and IT staff to use, so everyone could take advantage of the reporting," said Patricia Dues, PMP, Enterprise Program Manager for the City of Las Vegas. ControlPoint's strong security, file and site management capabilities helped seal the deal.
Fifteen city departments have already implemented ControlPoint, with another five slated for deployment soon. "ControlPoint reports will enable us to develop key performance indicators for monthly measurement, to help us make better informed decisions," said Dues.
The city of Las Vegas has approximately 600,000 citizens with a total of nearly 2 million residents living in the surrounding Las Vegas valley. The city has 2,700 full time employees and a total budget of $1.3 billion.
A couple years back at the Microsoft Office DevCon conference in Australia in a session on "SharePoint Developers Tips and Tricks," the presenter highlighted our very own SharePoint Spy as a great – and free – tool for analyzing your SharePoint environment. While this was some much appreciated free press, he didn't mention all of the other application features. SharePoint Spy continues to be our number one download, and a “Hot Pick” on SharePointreviews.com, and so I thought I’d provide some additional information on the tool to help you get the most out of your download.
The first great thing is that SharePoint Spy not only shows you the object’s public properties, but it also shows you the private properties. By selecting the "Raw View" button at the top, SharePoint Spy highlights those properties that are not exposed through public members.
To reset the view, simply reselect the object.
Another thing which you may not have discovered is that you can use the SharePoint Spy to retrieve the content of text files, including .ASPX pages. You simply need to navigate to the file you are interested in, expand the node, and then select "File Content."
Now you can copy and review the raw content of the .ASPX pages shown in SharePoint Designer.
Finally, one of the best features of SharePoint Spy is to compare the properties of two objects. This is the primary reason why people download the tool – and it’s a pretty cool feature, if we don’t say so ourselves. Select any object, right click, and then click "Compare this item with ..." You will need to select the other object by left clicking on it, followed by a right click, and once again selecting "Compare with this item." Once you follow these directions, SharePoint Spy will show the properties of the two objects side-by-side so that you can easily compare their properties.
We hope you find this information helpful, and it allows you to get more out of your SharePoint Spy download.
If you haven’t done so already, you can download a free copy from our website here.
, the global leader in administration software for Microsoft SharePoint, today announced that its product ControlPoint was named as a gold medal winner of the "2009 Editors' Best Awards
" in the Best SharePoint Product category by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro magazine. ControlPoint is the award-winning SharePoint administration product
that gives SharePoint managers unprecedented control over the management of their SharePoint farms.
"The 2009 Editors' Best Awards are an accumulation of our editors', contributors' and authors' subject matter expertise, in service of identifying the year's most significant products in the market," said Michele Crockett, editorial strategy director. "We believe that our editorial experts' annual tradition of selecting winners based on a product's strategic importance to market, its competitive advantages and its value to the customer is particularly significant to the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities this year, as we call out exceptional products in a highly competitive market.
"Our Editors' Best Awards allow us to take advantage of our contributing editors' in-the-trenches expertise in the Windows and SQL Server markets to provide well-earned recognition to products that exceed industry standards. We're proud to now share this invaluable insight with our Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities. Our winners should be extremely proud of this honor of recognition from our editorial experts."
Windows IT Pro Editor-in-chief Jeff James praised Axceler ControlPoint's SharePoint permissions management, content management, in-depth usage analysis, policy enforcement, and flexible alerts and scheduled analyses. With this comprehensive set of tools, "Axceler ControlPoint helps IT pros get better control of their SharePoint environment." Contributing editor Curt Spanburgh said ControlPoint "integrates well with the existing SharePoint UI" and the ability to manage permission levels was "nicely implemented." He concluded "ControlPoint provides the tools and intelligence to help you manage and monitor large farms effectively."
The award is the second garnered by ControlPoint since version 3 was launched in April, 2009. In May, the product was named the Best of TECH•ED 2009 in the Productivity and Collaboration category.
"We've worked hard at listening to our customers and giving them the best product possible," said Mike Alden, President and CEO of Axceler, "And it's wonderful to be recognized for delivering on that promise."
Axceler ControlPoint gives you the ability to explore, protect, analyze and control your SharePoint environment and helps you measure the performance of your SharePoint environment against your governance policies. Axceler ControlPoint includes comprehensive permissions management, in-depth activity and storage analysis, and SharePoint policy enforcement. Axceler ControlPoint also gives you more control over the configuration and deployment of your SharePoint environment and you can manage content databases, features, and SharePoint groups.
Since 1994, Axceler has helped enterprises address common yet critical administrative and development challenges, so organizations can maximize collaborative technology investments, improve business operations, and dramatically reduce administrative time and costs. For Microsoft SharePoint, Axceler delivers ControlPoint, which gives administrators the ability to explore, protect, analyze, and ultimately control their SharePoint environments. Based in Woburn, MA, Los Angeles, CA, and London, UK, Axceler can be found at www.axceler.com. More information about Microsoft SharePoint administration is available on the ControlPoint home page.
Copyright 2009, Axceler. Axceler and Axceler ControlPoint are registered trademarks. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
SharePoint Administration Webcast - How to Manage Permissions, Analyze Activity & Storage and More
Axceler invites you to an upcoming webcast that will show you how to administer your SharePoint environment like a pro. In this session, we will show you how to:
* Manage SharePoint Permissions
* Analyze SharePoint Usage and Activity
* Move / Copy Sites
* Clean Up, Manage and Configure SharePoint accounts and sites
* Analyze SharePoint content and storage
* Monitor SharePoint trends
* Set up alerts and Enforce policies
* Audit your SharePoint environment
* Identify governance violations
* And more!
Click here to register