sharepoint_logo_2010.jpgSharePoint news from the big players has bloomed since the launch of Microsoft's (news, site) 2010 version. But what of the smaller devs offering those practical point solutions that could be so useful? Let's take a look.

Sharing The Wealth

Now that the hubbub is settling after the launch of SharePoint and Office 2010, the serious work begins for users, new and old, trying to get the best use out of their software. There is a huge ecosystem of Web Parts, apps and utilities to help out. In this article, we take a look at some of the more bespoke solutions from players outside the megavendor role that could help out your organization.

Bamboo Solutions

Bamboo (news, site) offers a range of Suites and Web Parts for SharePoint to help streamline processes and improve agility within the software. It has a host of big-name clients including Ferrari, American Airlines and NASA. Its main offering is Project Management Central, a complete out-of-the-box way to turn SharePoint into your project management solution.

Bamboo is rapidly preparing a 2010 update for PM Central which costs US$ 6,500 for a server license. A 30-day trial download is available, allowing you to try its comprehensive project facilities.

Available as Web Parts to back up PM Central are Alert Plus that offers customizable alerting, Chart Plus which helps create quick pie charts and other data without the need for Excel.

Chart Plus: Make charts without opening Excel


CorasWorks (newssite) announced comprehensive 2010 support at the start of the month for its range of SharePoint Platform and Applications. These include Help Desk and Knowledge Base solutions and a newly updated version of Idea Management that was unveiled at TechEd.

CorasWorks Idea Management (CIM) helps users review, approve, manage and implement ideas suggested within the enterprise. Updates to the status bar show changes in downstream processes, a new Star Power algorithm helps highlight the best ideas while group document uploads allow members to add supporting documents and additional comments to an idea.

Manage the flow of ideas in your enterprise


Social Aggregator from Virto offers RSS, Twitter and Facebook aggregation services for both SharePoint 2007 and 2010. If part of your job involves monitoring social feeds, then this makes it easy to see them in a scrolling text list with links, all within SharePoint. That makes it a lot easier to keep an eye on what people are saying about your company or products. A server license for Social Aggregator is US$ 295.