Colligo Networks announced the launch of Briefcase, a mobile app for secure SharePoint content management for Google Android and Apple's Mac OS X and iOS platforms. The mobile collaboration solution also extends compatibility to Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Office 2013, and Microsoft Windows 8 PCs and mobile devices.
The company's Briefcase platform is designed to enable companies to solve the challenges of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments with a single solution that works across every platform, device and version of SharePoint, on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid SharePoint environments. According to a recent survey by information management and collaboration research specialist AIIM, 90 percent of IT professionals reported that mobile device access to SharePoint does not satisfy or only partially satisfies their needs.
Briefcase offers full offline support, metadata support, and sync and security capabilities that can help organizations embrace BYOD initiatives while maintaining control of their corporate data. Compatibility with most major mobile-device-management (MDM) solutions is coupled with Colligo's customization and deployment services. Colligo also provides integration between SharePoint and Microsoft Outlook or the desktop, for managing email, connected or offline, on both Windows and Mac. Advanced metadata support helps reduce corporate risk by ensuring content is accurately tagged and accessible.
"Colligo is one of the vendors we track in the key enterprise collaboration space," Alan Pelz-Sharpe, research director for content management and collaboration at The 451 Group, said in a statement. "The ability to access any document on any device anywhere has long been considered the Holy Grail for document management. This sync ability is clearly a boon to those who are adherents to BYOD, and mobile information workers in general."
In addition, Colligo Administrator provides centrally configured and managed SharePoint access to provide a consistent user experience, regardless of platform or device, while the company's services division offers custom packages to enable organizations to deploy, manage and use Colligo solutions in accordance with organizational policies, regulatory requirements and industry best practices.
Earlier this year the company debuted Launchpad, available in Colligo Email Manager 5.4. Launchpad gives users the ability to add icons to the Outlook 2010 ribbon, providing access to frequently used Websites, favorite social networking sites and Web applications from within Outlook. Email Manager 5.4 added a number of features in addition to Launchpad, including support for Business Connectivity Services (BCS), which enables SharePoint users to apply metadata from external data stored in line-of-business systems, such as SAP, Siebel and PeopleSoft, so that data does not need to be recreated.