SharePoint Solutions, a company with a history of developing training, consulting and add-on software for Microsoft Sharepoint Server has announced the release of their Extranet Collaboration Manager for SharePoint 2007. The idea behind Extranet Collaboration Manager is that SharePoint 2007 provides some excellent collaboration tools, but lacks critical tools that SharePoint administrators need to establish, maintain and monitor the collaboration environment. This extends out beyond the organization to partners, customers and suppliers that need to have a much tighter level of security than internal users.
Extranet Collaboration Manager provides templates that allow administrators to tighten down the hatches on the outside users, while at the same time, efficiently letting non-IT staff manage partner activities.
Jeff Cate, founder and president of SharePoint Solutions, and his staff noticed the need for these external puzzle pieces during training sessions with clients.
In a recent statement, Cate noted, "SharePoint has proven to be an outstanding tool for companies to take teamwork and collaboration to a new level. However, it has been designed to work easiest inside the firewall of a company. With the new version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, Microsoft has opened up new possibilities for third parties to provide add-ons that will extranet-enable the product. Having studied this business need for the past three years, we feel we are uniquely qualified to provide our solution, Extranet Collaboration Manager for SharePoint 2007."
It will be exciting to see how companies use this product and how they compete against Web 2.0 collaboration high water marks such as 37signals' Basecamp.
The standard version of Extranet Collaboration Manager for SharePoint 2007 sells for US$ 1,495 per Web front-end server. For more info on the collaboration product, see http://software.sharepointsolutions.com. For background on SharePoint (MOSS) 2007, see our article entitled SharePoint 2007 Review - Six Pillars of MOSS.