SharePoint 2010: Most Popular Third-Party Apps

By Laurie Head
AIS Network Vice President

In Anaheim, at the Microsoft SharePoint 2011 Conference, Rob Koplowitz, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, unveiled the results of a Forrester survey on “Best Practices in SharePoint 2010 Adoption and Migration.”

The survey had been conducted in July and included responses from “510 IT decision-makers involved with evaluating, specifying, or administering SharePoint.”  Most interesting, I think, is that analysts found that 44 percent of those surveyed planned to tap third-party software for use with SharePoint.

According to Forrester, the top third-party tool used to augment SharePoint was Nintex Workflow (8% of surveyed).  Workflow tools were the most common solution, followed by administration and then social tools.  According to Forrester, the top third-party software vendors utilized for SharePoint are as follows:

  • Nintex USA for workflow
  • Bamboo Solutions for WebParts
  • AvePoint for administration
  • NewsGator Technologies for social networking
  • Axceler for administration
  • K2 for workflow
  • KWizCom for WebParts
  • Quest Software for administration
  • Metalogix Software for content management
  • Yammer for social networking

Two-thirds of the survey respondents (65 percent) were using SharePoint 2007. SharePoint 2010 use was also high at 57 percent.

Which apps do you like best for SharePoint 2010?  Let me know by commenting below.

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