Colligo Networks, which specializes in making IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft SharePoint messaging and collaboration suites more efficient, releases Contributor for SharePoint 4.0 with two new applications, one for file management and one for bringing Microsoft Outlook data into SharePoint. Colligo aims to make SharePoint more usable to help Microsoft compete with IBM, Google and Zoho.
software integrator that moves data storage and synchronization functions from
the server to the desktop for IBM Lotus
Notes and Microsoft SharePoint customers, June 29 added two applications to its
latest Contributor for SharePoint package.
Contributor for SharePoint 4.0 now includes Colligo Contributor File Manager
and the Colligo Contributor Uploader for Outlook.
Colligo Contributor File Manager is an extension for Microsoft's
file manager that links folders on a user's file system
with SharePoint document libraries and lists.
This tool makes local folders aware of the presence of SharePoint so users
can access metadata, content types and document templates, while adding and
editing files using familiar desktop operations. With the tool, SharePoint
folders can be accessed from any application that uses the standard Windows
File Open/Save dialog. File Manager is available as part of Contributor Pro or
as a separate application.
Colligo Contributor Uploader for Outlook lets users upload e-mails and
attachments to SharePoint and browse document libraries and lists from within
the Microsoft Office Outlook interface. Users can drag and drop content into
document libraries and folders, instantly capturing critical metadata,
increasing adoption of SharePoint for e-mail management.
Both the File Manager and Uploader for Outlook tools, slated for inclusion
in Contributor for SharePoint 4.0 when it launches July 13, are designed to
free key data from a Microsoft application and render it usable for SharePoint
Unlocking some of the doors between disparate applications is an important
task for Microsoft because the software giant wants to keep customers from
flocking to alternatives such as IBM Lotus
Notes or SAAS (software as a service) collaboration suites from Google and Zoho.
like its rival Mainsoft,
is looking to help pick the locks between the data
doors to allow the knowledge workers who use Notes and SharePoint to more
efficiently complete business tasks.
Before creating Contributor to assuage customer pain points with SharePoint,
Colligo created software to let Lotus Notes users replicate their databases
directly between laptops without the need to connect to the Domino server.
Colligo later addressed another pain point by allowing users of Windows-based
laptops to connect directly over wireless links to share messages, files and
Colligo, a certified Microsoft Gold ISV
partner and IBM business partner, boasts
customers such as Siemens, PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Motors and Qualcomm.