Within a week of the official SharePoint 2010 launch announcement, the platform's broad ecosystem was buzzing with parallel announcements about integrations, add-ons, and support options. Contrast this with SharePoint 2007, where backup solutions from companies like Symantec or anti-virus add-ons from McAfee took more than a year to materialize, even when both firms supported the prior 2003 solution.
Even venerable software vendors and sometime Microsoft competitors like OpenText, EMC | Documentum and WebTrends have been announcing integrations with the latest version of SharePoint. What’s telling is not the integrations, since many of these vendors have had some sort of integration since the 2007. What’s interesting is how quickly the latest offerings for 2010 have been released.
Our SharePoint - Enterprise research stream offers advice about how to navigate this vast ecosystem, along with a growing number of evaluations of 3rd-party modules. With the release of 2010 and more vendors getting into the SharePoint act, buyers will want to do greater diligence when choosing the nearly inevitable add-on or supplement to SharePoint functionality.