Recently, email hosting provider Microsoft (News - Alert) held its annual SharePoint conference in Las Vegas, and many of the announcements generated revolved around the upcoming release of SharePoint 2013. Companies are scrambling to get their products integrated with the new software, which is expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2013.
BA Insight has launched a new Longitude Connector for Office 365 to enable users to search Office for content from SharePoint 2013. The connector can also search in SharePoint 2010 and 2007 as well as FAST (News - Alert) ESP, and integrates more than 40 enterprise systems along with Microsoft SharePoint and FAST Search.
The solution provides knowledge workers with a single entry point for all their information resources and breaks down the information silos created when Office 365 is deployed as part of a heterogeneous SharePoint environment, often including on-premises deployments. The company has also launched the Longitude SearchParts solution, a set of interactive widgets designed to improve the enterprise search experience in SharePoint and FAST environments.
MetaVis made a number of announcements regarding SharePoint 2013 as well, designed to help enterprises assess their migration needs as well as simplify management of meta data using SharePoint term stores. The company has unveiled its Information Manager Office 365 App, which lets users classify content and which is already available in the SharePoint 2013 store.
Other app debuts from MetaVis include the Term Store Manager, which maintains term stores as they move from SharePoint 2010 to 2013. The Informant for SharePoint app lets enterprises see their content in SharePoint, Office 365 and Microsoft SkyDrive, while SharePoint Pre-Migration Assessment offers a clear view of the SharePoint environment and pinpoints trouble spots. This option will be available next year. The Information Manager Power User Edition offers a simple and affordable migration solution for migrating and tagging content in SharePoint or Office 365.
Further, SecureAuth, an identity governance vendor, also developed an enhancement to its SecureAuth IdP. The upgrade integrates two-factor authentication along with WS-Federation support, which enables enterprises to offer SharePoint files and apps to mobile users that don't use the enterprises' domain name. Capabilities include information on the location of data store and servers anywhere; strong security through two-factor authentication; an improved user interface for integrator or installation firms; and enforced authorization based on pre-existing information. The enhancements also enable enterprises to meet authentication guidelines like PCI (News - Alert) DSS, NCUA, HIPAA/HITECH, CJIS and FFIEC.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein