Quark + SharePoint = New Multi-Channel Publishing Solution
You are constantly being told that SharePoint is more than a simple document management and collaboration solution. It's a platform. Well here's an example of just what SharePoint (news, site) is capable of when it is leveraged as a platform.

Microsoft teamed up with Quark (news, site), a provider of publishing solutions, to demonstrate a new solution that supports publishers and multi-channel publishing.

The Best From Both Worlds

At the IFRAExpo, a conference for publishers, Microsoft and Quark came together to provide a demonstration of how their solutions can work together to support journalists and provide a multi-channel publishing environment.

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The solution was built using SharePoint, Microsoft's Unified Communications platform (UC), Quark's Dynamic Publishing Solution (Quark DPS) and XML Author.

It's pretty obvious what each brings to the table: SharePoint for collaboration, XML Author for authoring, DPS for multi-channel publishing and UC for integrated communications (IM, voice, email, video conferencing, MS Office integration and more).

An Integrated Solution

This is a real solution, not just something created for a publishers conference. The pieces fit together to support the use of existing technologies -- we know that many organizations use SharePoint for instance.

Here's a quick look at the functionality provided in this new solution.

  • Collaboration: sharing ideas, monitoring RSS feeds, tracking events and planning coverage, finding resources, searching for content and SMEs, workflow
  • Communication: seamless communications through a number of different channels
  • Authoring: creating new content that can be deployed to multiple channels using XML
  • Publishing: professionally designed output using Quark DPS for different channels

An important note is that this solution will work with SharePoint 2010.

All the Right Reasons

This new partnership does create a viable publishing solution for all the right reasons. SharePoint as a collaboration platform, complete with document management and workflow is fairly easy to use and is already used in many organizations.

And Quark is a well known vendor for publishing solutions, which includes their XML Author (integrated with a number of enterprise content management system) and their Dynamic Publishing System.

We talk a lot these days about the publishing industry and their struggle to find relevant business models to keep alive. Providing solutions like this should help from both a news sourcing and multi-channel publishing point of view.

We are only disappointed we can't see what it looks like. The conference is over, so it's time to get up some video or screenshots.