For many businesses, SharePoint 2007 lacked many of the essential content management tools they needed to stay compliant with internal and external (industry) rules, and to maintain their retention policies. Microsoft heard those complaints loud and clear, beefed up their ECM headcount on the SharePoint product team, and has come out with some compelling solutions in the SharePoint 2010 platform. I met up with Mark McGovern on a trip out to Boston and talked ECM, adding his comments to the series ‘The One Thing You Need to Know About SharePoint 2010.’
In addition to mentioning my brief career in the modeling world, Mark’s overall feedback was that SharePoint 2010 finally delivers on the key functions many organizations need in a content management solution. He outlines four primary features:
- Individual GUIDs, or the Document ID Service, helping you to find your content no matter where it resides in your infrastructure.
- Document Sets, which essentially provide a Bill of Materials (BOM) for your documentation.
- The new Content Manager that allows you to route things automatically based on your metadata and configuration.
- Multi-stage Retention Policies which are so critical to so many businesses with mature compliance and document management requirements.
Some additional resources that may be of interest to you on Sandbox Solutions in SharePoint 2010: