SharePoint, Metalogix, Accellion, AvePoint, information managementIncreased mobile applications. Better SharePoint productivity. Harmony between different SharePoint platforms and versions. The calls are being heard this week at the SharePoint Technology Conference in Boston, and some vendors announced new offerings they say can help.

AvePoint Debuts Perimeter

AvePoint previewed this week a mobility solution that’s all about trust, it says: ensuring that SharePoint assets are accessed by trusted users, within trusted locations, on trusted devices. Mobile devices are exploding, as evidenced by Monday’s keynote address by Joel Oleson.

SharePoint 2013 provides platforms for organizations to use tools effectively via their mobile devices. In order to provide security in this environment, AvePoint’s Perimeter combines:

  • Traditional 2-Factor Authentication (2FA)
  • Existing device authentication security systems
  • Location-based controls

These features, it says, enable secure, remote access to SharePoint content from every endpoint. The more organizations employ a remote workforce in a booming portable-device culture, the more security concerns move to the forefront.

“The global workforce is changing -- as more employees work outside of the office, some need mobile access while others work remotely, which forces organizations to put a mobility plan together that allows their employees access to their SharePoint deployments without jeopardizing the security of the content,” Dr. Tianyi (TJ) Jiang, co-founder and co-CEO of AvePoint, said in a statement. 

Accellion’s Mobile Productivity for SharePoint

Accellion, Inc.’s announcement this week of new product offerings includes enhanced features for SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013. The goal is to increase the productivity of SharePoint users by providing mobile access to enterprise content anytime, anywhere.

And, as will always be a crucial element to anything SharePoint attempts in the mobile world, it provides secure file sharing and external collaboration directly from within SharePoint.

“More than 125 million information workers have licenses for SharePoint, and organizations are looking to maximize the productivity of employees utilizing SharePoint in their daily activities,” Thevi Sundaralingam, vice president of product management at Accellion, said in a statement. “In our mobile-enabled world, having secure mobile access to the enterprise content stored in SharePoint is an imperative.”

It’s no secret employees want mobile access. About 67 percent of people using smartphones and 70 percent of those on tablets are doing so because, well, they want to, according to numbers cited in Oleson’s keynote address in Boston Monday.

The Accellion SharePoint plug-in provides rich file sharing and collaboration tools directly within the SharePoint UI. It also added functionality to the Accellion web interface and mobile app. Mobile users now can connect to the SharePoint sites they interact with most.

Metalogix Replicator Released

Metalogix released a product this week it says can sync SharePoint content between SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 deployments.

Metalogix Replicator 6.1 debuted this week, geared for those organizations that deploy more than one version of SharePoint in different offices, locations and lines of business. Managing content in multiple SharePoint farms, the 6.1 will allow these organizations to keep the content synchronized and up-to-date for all end users, regardless of location or SharePoint version, Metalogix said.

“Many organizations have been unable to take advantage of the power of content synchronization due to the need to have identical hardware and software on all farms,” Steven Murphy, CEO of Metalogix, said in a statement.

Included in the release of Metalogix Replicator 6.1 are enhancements that include: 

  • Nintex Workflow 2013 support: replication of Nintex Workflows between dispersed SharePoint environments
  • Performance enhancements that reduce the time it takes to replicate content between large sites
  • Enabling of web apps directly from the user interface
  • New quick start install guide for new customers