Arlington, VA and Cape Town, South Africa (PRWEB) August 01, 2013
Almond Labs, a provider of external authentication solutions for SharePoint, and Complexus Software, a niche SharePoint software distributor and consultancy, announced today their partnership to bring Almond Labs Identity Service Application (ALISA) to South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Opening up your SharePoint deployment for external collaboration can be time consuming, especially for large projects and global businesses such as multi-disciplinary Engineering projects and collaborative projects in multi-national Enterprises. According to a study by the Aberdeen Group , the cost of managing passwords for external users can range up to $350 per user, per year.
Pranav Sharma, a co-founder of Almond Labs said, “Many companies have invested in SharePoint for content management and internal collaboration. Now there is a growing need to simply use SharePoint for collaboration outside the firewall and that’s where ALISA adds real value. Almond Labs Identity Service Application (ALISA) makes collaboration with external users easy. The product provides two immediate benefits. Users are empowered to share content instantly, with whoever they need to and the effort associated with basic account management for these additional users is removed. External users log in using their own account registered with external services such as Google, Yahoo, Live ID or Facebook.” Sharma concluded, “ALISA is a full featured system that provides user management and configuration tools located in SharePoint’s Central Administration. Together, these features can save business $1000s per year in IT management and site administration overhead.”
With a growing list of USA & global clients, Almond Labs sought out a partner to help develop its footprint in the African Continent. “We are always looking for novel technologies to add to our growing portfolio of niche, specialised SharePoint tools”, said Complexus Managing Partner, Nick Bradshaw. “Almond Labs subscribes to our core underlying principle that solutions that do one thing very well tend to be more cost effective and easier to deploy. ALISA is a real game changer when it comes to opening up your SharePoint deployment to 3rd party users outside the firewall. It’s been really well executed with a really user friendly site administrator page, subscription & perpetual pricing options and support for SharePoint 2010 & 2013”.
Bradshaw concluded, “ALISA will form part of our growing specialist SharePoint product offerings. We want to make sharing content with external users simple and easy for site owners. Features like profile management and expiring permissions are designed to simplify governance of users outside an organization. By providing a simple interface with clear usability, end users can quickly adopt and start sharing their site content with external users. We will be officially launching ALISA at SharePoint Saturday Cape Town 7th September 2013 #SPSCPT”
About Almond Labs
Located in the Washington DC metro area, Almond Labs is focused on building software solutions for Microsoft SharePoint that help organizations using SharePoint improve User Adoption, Engagement & Productivity. Their flagship product, Almond Identity Service Application (ALISA) makes collaboration with external users easy by providing simple tools for authentication and user management. ALISA allows your customers & vendors to authenticate using popular online services such as Google, Yahoo, Live ID or Facebook. ALISA provides features that support User Management, Audit & Security Reporting, Content Sharing and Profile & Role Management with an easy to use interface while helping to maintain security. Almond Labs is a Microsoft Partner with a Silver competency in Collaboration and Content.
http://www.almondlabs.com | info(at)almondlabs(dot)com | +1 (866) 773-9175
Complexus is niche software distributor / consultancy operating out of Cape Town & Johannesburg that represents leading software brands in South Africa and wider Sub-Saharan Africa. The Complexus technology & service portfolio is aimed at organizations seeking to collaborate more effectively with enterprise content & project data, abstract maximum value from their investments in the Microsoft SharePoint platform and improve business processes. Complexus offer clients software solutions & web parts that integrate with SharePoint allied to consulting services and training solutions based around EIM and SharePoint. Complexus works with a mix of industry partners, local to the South African market, is BBBEE certified and a member of the Microsoft Partner Network ID 3766977.
http://www.complexus.co.za | almondlabs(at)complexus(dot)co.za | +27 (0) 2277-20879