One of the collaboration features that didn’t come with the release of SharePoint 2010 was video collaboration and management, but then that’s not really SharePoint’s thing. NewsGator, however, has remedied that by offering Kontiki’s Enterprise Video Platform (EVP) in SharePoint 2010.
The possibility of offering Kontiki EVP stems from its deep integration with NewsGator Social Sites 2010, which offers SharePoint social and mobile computing possibilities to SharePoint users.
Kontiki is already well established in its own right, offering video on-demand and community video portals over existing enterprise network structure to companies such as General Motors and Ernst & Young.
What NewsGator is offering, though, is not just the video viewing capabilities, but also the possibility of managing enterprise videos.The result is that enterprises that regularly use videos and have a SharePoint deployment don’t need to jump between SharePoint and other platforms to use video, but can have access to and manage it in SharePoint.
But it’s not just video viewing; users will also be able to get social with the video and can post, share and “like” the video in Social Sites activity streams that have been integrated with SharePoint, as well as communities, video repositories and internal TV channels.
This, combined with Kontiki’s ability to globally deliver video on demand or live broadcasts to all their employees, regardless of their geographical location and to all business devices including smart phones and tablets, offers SharePoint yet more collaboration capabilities.
And this is how SharePoint had planned its development: it would look after any major platform upgrades, while its partners take care of all the things that enterprises might like, but don’t get out-of-the-box with SharePoint.
A video platform, however, is one of the really cool things that a lot of enterprises should be interested in, and probably goes some of the way to explaining why NewsGator was awarded Microsoft Partner of the Year last year.