SharePoint & and Groove – how are they complimentary?

September 7, 2006

Ultimately SharePoint Portal would generally be the main enterprise platform for document management and collaboration because of its tight integration, deeply embedded functionality and familiar and common user interface as part of the core Office System. Groove’s agility is its real differentiator, its replication and synchronization capability into SharePoint ensures it is a complimentary product rather than a challenger. By agility I would reference the information supplied below, specifically its ‘extranet’ or third party comprehensiveness, offline capability meaning it’s great for a mobile workforce and finally its ability to integrate back into SharePoint and the rest of the office system to enhance team collaboration. 

Working in Groove 2007 workspaces saves time and increases individual when mobile or outside the firewall thus enhancing team productivity and what’s more – You stay in synch automatically, so you spend less time coordinating with each other and more time on the job in hand! 

Summarised Benefits 

1.                   Teams Work Together Dynamically and EffectivelyThe team, tools, files, and information in one place – right on each person’s PC. 

  1. Create a Groove 2007 workspace right on your computer with two clicks.
  2. Invite your colleagues, partners, and customers without worrying about server space or security.
  3. Add tools to support your team’s evolving needs: file-sharing, discussions, meetings, business forms, and more.

 

2.                   Stay Productive AnywhereWork effortlessly in the office, at a customer site, on the road and from home. 

  1. All Office Groove 2007 workspaces, tools, and information are stored right on your computer.
  2. Continue to access and update team information even when you’re offline.
  3. Automatic synchronization keeps you and your team members up to date.

 

3.                   Streamline Process Execution & Content CreationIntegrated solutions bridge dynamic team collaboration with enterprise content & process. 

        I.            Extend enterprise files, data and workflows right into Groove workspaces.       II.            Work together easily and more securely with third parties on files and structured business data without VPNs or extranets.     III.            Team updates easily become part of the corporate record without manual uploads or copying & pasting. 

4.                   New Integration with Microsoft Programs & Technologies!Tap into Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 to enhance team collaboration. 

  1. Synchronize a Windows SharePoint Services v3.0 or Office SharePoint Server 2007 document library with Office Groove 2007. Collaborate on files in Groove and publish back to the document library when you’re done.
  2. Import your Office InfoPath 2007 forms into Office Groove 2007. Collect and track structured data in your team workspace, and export or synchronize results with back-end systems.
  3. Make a phone call or start an instant messaging session from an Office Groove 2007 workspace using Office Communicator 2005 or 2007.
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