In another SharePoint related announcement this week, Socialtext announced three new points of integration between SharePoint and Socialtext, as more companies start preparing their product portfolios for the release of SharePoint 2013, expected for this quarter.

SharePoint as Enterprise CMS

The new integration points are interesting for a number of reasons, not least for the way Socialtext intends to use SharePoint, which resembles more Enterprise CMS use than collaboration platform. We mention this as there has been some discussion over the past year or so about the use of SharePoint for these purposes.

While the level of SharePoint deployment in the enterprise has been estimated to be about 60 percent, there are no figures for its use as enterprise CMS. However, the announcement by Socialtext appears to be in keeping with other vendors SharePoint related releases that envisage using SharePoint to manage content.

But on to the integration. This integration, according to Michael Idinopulos, General Manager of Socialtext, is about managing heavy content loads in SharePoint and pulling relevant content into Socialtext when required.

The main aim is to enable users to upload, edit and view Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word files located in SharePoint from the Socialtext platform.

As a result, users will be able to access entire document libraries that can be synched with the Socialtext platform, while still allowing users to store documents in SharePoint rather than in Socialtext.

SharePoint Integration Points

There are many advantages to this on top of the advantage of lightening the content load in Socialtext, in particular the ability to search for documents in SharePoint from the Socialtext search bar, as well as the upload of bulk documents that can be dragged and dropped into any location in Socialtext for easier collaboration.

The integration process is easy too. Once a logged-in user uploads a file to a page, Socialtext keeps a record of the attachment, but the actual file is stored in SharePoint. Changes to that document can be made in Socialtext, or a new version of the file can be uploaded into SharePoint. The three integration points include:

  • Web parts that can surface user content that is stored in Sharepoint
  • SharePoint integration into the activity stream for content visibility across the enterprise
  • SharePoint as a document store behind the Socialtext interface

Connecting to other enterprise platforms has always been convenient with Socialtext’s API and now providing our customers with SharePoint integration capabilities will increase employee engagement firsthand with our industry-leading collaboration platform,” said Idinopulos.

This means that enterprises can integrate SharePoint with Socialtext out of the box using Socialtext’s standard connectors requiring only the assignment of the server URL and service account’s username and password for instant access. More from Socialtext as it happens. Meanwhile, if you want to know more about the current version of Socialtext, check out the video on v5 below