SharePoint and DoD Certification
The US Department of Defense Records Management certification -- DoD 5015.2 -- is a standard used not only by the DoD, but also by many federal, state and local governments. This is why most Enterprise CMS vendors work hard to get the certification.
Microsoft has a bit of history with DoD certification and SharePoint. At one point SharePoint 2007 did have a DoD 5015.2 certification in the form of an Add-On Resource Kit. But that certification lapsed in May of 2009, probably because Microsoft had SharePoint 2010 in the works with much improved Records Management capability.
But now that SharePoint 2010 is out, organization's are likely looking for Microsoft to get its own certification and/or for ECM vendors to get certified with the new version.
Laserfiche and SharePoint
Laserfiche is one of these enterprise cms vendors that offer integrated records management capabilities with SharePoint. Built on Microsoft.NET and already tightly integrated with SharePoint 2007, Laserfiche will add the following capabilties to support the 2010 version:
- ADO.NET provider to enable access to Laserfiche data from Business Connectivity Services
- Federated Search
- Records Management document categorization using SharePoint's BCS
According to Laserfiche, they are the first ECM vendor to partner with Microsoft for a DoD 5015.2 certification for SharePoint 2010. Testing for the integrated solution was completed last week (see the details here) and is the certification is valid through June 22, 2013.
The need for transparency and accountability continues to drive the adoption of DoD 5015.2-certified records management systems across all industries,” said Tom Wayman, vice president of product strategy at Laserfiche. “Our joint, DoD 5015.2-certified solution allows organizations and agencies to leverage the strengths of both Laserfiche and SharePoint Server 2010.”
A joint announcement from Laserfiche and Microsoft is expected on Tuesday, after the long weekend in the US.
The question still remains, though, is Microsoft able to pursue DoD 5015.2 certification on its own for SharePoint 2010? Or will it rely on the integrated capabilities of its partners to do that?