Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cygnet launches its brand new Microsoft services website

Cygnet is proud to announce the launch of - a new website highlighting all of Cygnet’s professional services offerings in Microsoft technologies.
The development of this site is part of a larger re-look at Cygnet’s overall website strategy. In due course, we will be developing different sites for each of our service offerings which will all come under the banner of the main corporate website.
To reiterate, Cygnet has earned a Microsoft Partner Gold competency in web development and Microsoft Partner Silver competencies in software development, portals and collaboration, search, data platform, mid-market solutions provider and content management.
The main service offerings are related to software development in Microsoft .NET, collaboration and document management solutions using Microsoft SharePoint, CRM with Microsoft Dynamics, web applications with SilverLight, legacy application integration with BizTalk, cloud solutions with Office 365 and mobility solutions.
Get a taste of Cygnet’s expertise in delivering solutions in Microsoft technologies by reading the case studies section.
Speaking on the launch of the site, Cygnet’s Executive Director Tejinder Oberoi said, “The purpose of creating this exclusive website is to reiterate our commitment to Microsoft technologies. In the entire Microsoft stack, we have everything that is required for building best of breed technology solutions that translate to better returns on investment for our clients.”
Mr. Oberoi is attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, USA from 10th to 14th July and this was planned in advance as an appropriate event to introduce the site to other Microsoft partners and potential customers.
A special vote of thanks to the entire team which has made this site possible under extremely tight deadlines – from concept to live in just a month! Just goes to prove that if Cygnetians decide to do something, take it for granted that it shall be done.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

SharePoint – An Operating System for Collaboration!

AIIM, the Association of Information and Image Management ( recently released a report titled “Using SharePoint for ECM: How well is it meeting expectations?”

The report has some interesting findings on SharePoint usage in over 600 organizations which participated in the survey.
  • 29% of the organizations are live on SharePoint 2007 and 28% are upgrading from 2007 to 2010 and an additional 8% have completed the upgrade.
This implies that more than half of all SharePoint 2007 users are upgrading or have already upgraded to 2010 for whatever reasons. An additional 21% of the user base is first time user of SharePoint 2010. This data is clearly in line with the fact that SharePoint is the best-selling Microsoft product till date.
  • 55% of organizations are expected within a year to rollout SharePoint to 90-100% (almost all) of their employees.
This implies that these organizations very clearly understand that the real benefits of collaboration will come to fruition only if all employees are on the same platform, use the same interface and talk the same language.
  • In terms of adoption, IT department of organizations is the highest (72%), followed by the line of business departments (41%) and then followed by Marketing and HR.
This is not surprising since IT departments would be instrumental in rolling out SharePoint to other departments. But it also raises a flag that unless other departments are equal if not more adopters of this platform, the technology will remain under-utilized.
Although, SharePoint has functionality to support conventional ECM activities like scanning, capture, records management and document workflow, most users are using SharePoint as a digital storage for office files and PDF documents, and do not yet trust it with confidential information or large size videos.
Is SharePoint the final answer?
SharePoint 2010 does claim to be a one stop solution for all collaboration and document management needs of an organization. However, the fine print is seen through some of the AIIM survey findings
  • 50% or more organizations believe that they still need third party add-ons because SharePoint is not enough
  • 20%-40% of the organizations feel that SharePoint functionality in records management, scanning and document capture, and social business are not up to the mark
Microsoft itself is encouraging independent application developers to develop add-on functionality around SharePoint. This implies that Microsoft probably intends to make SharePoint as an “operating system” for collaboration, as a platform on which other applications can be built. It is also possible that Microsoft wants to learn how people use these add-on applications for collaboration so that it can build some of these features into the next version of SharePoint.
Some of the most popular add-on functionality organizations are adding is workflow/BPM, security and rights management, search and analytics, archiving of content and records, taxonomy management, security management, interface to email, digital signatures and case management.
  • 53% of organizations consider SharePoint to be their primary system for Enterprise Content Management going forward.
So currently, the scales are evenly balanced with a little more than half of the organizations believing that SharePoint is the final answer to their requirements.