This year’s SharePoint conference in Las Vegas is the conference that just keeps giving. We’ve covered a lot of releases and interesting news already and there are more to come. Here we look at new SharePoint offerings from BA Insight, MetaVis and Secure Auth.
All three are significant releases in their own right, but in the context of a conference that is pumping out releases at a terrific pace, we can only really add a synopsis here. Why this year's conference has been so productive is anyone’s bet, but high on the list of reasons must be the imminent release of SharePoint 2013 and the frenzied work by vendors to upgrade their offerings to suit.
BA Insight Connector
BA Insight has just announced that it has launched a new Longitude Connector for Office 365 that will enable users to search Office 365 for content from SharePoint 2013.
However, BA has clearly taken stock of the market realities and the fact that many enterprises are still only getting to grips with SharePoint 2010, so it has made the connector so that it can also search in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2007 and FAST ESP.
But this is not just about searching SharePoint, or carrying searches into Microsoft products, it's about connecting SharePoint 2013 to other legacy systems.
According to BA, Longitude Connector integrates over 40 enterprise systems and Microsoft SharePoint and FAST Search, thus providing knowledge workers with a single entry point to all their information resources.
In doing so, it breaks down the information silos that are created when Office 365 is deployed as part of a heterogeneous SharePoint environment that often includes on-premises deployments.
BA Insight has also launched Longitude SearchParts, a set of interactive widgets that improve the enterprise search experience in SharePoint and FAST environments.
MetaVis SharePoint Migrations
Another familiar face in SharePoint news is MetaVis, which has been previewing new Office 365 and SharePoint products over the course of the week. In particular, it has been show-casing new migration, governance and metadata management products that aim to give enterprises better control over their content.
The objective here is to enable enterprises that are considering a jump to SharePoint 2013 the ability to assess their migration needs and simplify the management of metadata using SharePoint term stores.
On top of this it has also announced the Information Manager Office 365 App, an online app which enables users to classify their content, and which is now available in the SharePoint 2013 store. Among the apps that MetaVis is show-casing are:
- Term Store Manager: For maintaining term stores as they move from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.
- Informant for SharePoint: Enabling enterprises to know their content in SharePoint, Office 365 and Microsoft SkyDrive. However, it also appears to work in Dropbox, Google Docs and Amazon S3, as well as Outlook e-mail.
- SharePoint Pre-Migration Assessment: This is a pre-migration assessment option that will be available next year. It provides a clear view of the SharePoint environment and what areas might be problematic.
- Information Manager Power User Edition: A simple and affordable SharePoint migration solution that allows power users to migrate and tag their own content in SharePoint or Office 365.
More on this when we get a better look.
SecureAuth’s Mobile SharePoint Security
Finally, from SecureAuth, the identity governance vendor, there is a new enhancement to SecureAuth IdP. With the enhancement, SecureAuth IdP integrates two-factor authentication and WS-Federation support, enabling enterprises to offer SharePoint files and apps to mobile users that don’t use the enterprises’ domain name.
The bottom line, SecureAuth says, is that it gives developers a secure and more secure method of authentication than NT LAN Manager, or Kerberos. The result is the following capabilities:
- Location of data store and servers anywhere
- Stronger security through two-factor authentication
- Better and improved user interface for integrator or installation firms
- Enforced authorization based on pre-existing information
It also enables enterprises to meet authentication guidelines like PCI DSS, NCUA, HIPAA/HITECH, CJIS, FFIEC and others.
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