Automate the SharePoint Site Collection Creation Process – at No Cost

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PremierPoint Solutions’ free one-hour webinar, Aug. 20, will discuss and demonstrate a way to automate the SharePoint site collection creation process at no cost.

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Randy Moody

SPGA enables companies to completely automate the SharePoint site collection creation process, uniformly and consistently.

PremierPoint Solutions will host a one-hour webinar Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. EDT titled “Introducing a Free Solution for Automating the SharePoint Site Collection Creation Process.”

The webinar will discuss and demonstrate a recently released SharePoint self-service site collection creation tool that provides a way to automate the approval and creation of new SharePoint site collections while maintaining uniformity and compliance with company policies and standards.

The tool, Site Provisioning and Governance Assistant (SPGA) Free Edition, is designed to be used by organizations that need numerous SharePoint site collections created and provisioned on an ongoing basis, and want to ensure that their organization’s SharePoint taxonomy, governance and other standards are adhered to consistently.

SPGA allows users to create and provision unlimited SharePoint site collections automatically, with all the capabilities and limits the administrator has specified. It works with SharePoint 2010 and 2013, both Foundation and Server editions.

While manually creating SharePoint site collections is an option, the process can be labor-intensive and tie up valuable IT resources, resulting in a backlog of site collections waiting to be approved and provisioned.

The other alternative – letting users create their own site collections – usually results in no clear standards or consistency.

The webinar hosts are Randy Moody, customer service manager for PremierPoint Solutions, and Aaron Wood, manager of commercial software engineering and support.

Wood has more than 12 years of experience in information technology, including SharePoint administration, SharePoint development, Microsoft SQL database administration, Windows Server and Linux administration, network administration, C# ASP.NET development, user support, training and project management.

With SGPA, the administrator simply “loads” all the appropriate site functionality, settings, security and limitations into “Site Request Profiles.” Uniformity, governance and company standards are strictly enforced, enabling administrators to just "set it and forget it."

Users then select the appropriate profile for the kind of site collection they need and initiate the automatic approval and site collection creation process.

“If you’ve ever seen a community where there’s a wide range of styles that appear thrown together and disjointed, most likely those neighborhoods lacked uniform covenants, codes and restrictions. Pretty much anything goes there, and often, it’s not a pretty sight,” Moody said.

“An organization’s SharePoint sites can be like that, but SPGA enables companies to completely automate the SharePoint site collection creation process, uniformly and consistently,” he added.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Based in Nashville, Tenn., PremierPoint Solutions (formerly SharePoint Solutions) is a Microsoft Certified Partner and a nationwide leader in expert-led, in-person and online public classes on SharePoint products and technologies. The company’s software division professionally develops high-quality commercial add-ons for SharePoint. Many of the company’s courses and services are also applicable to Office 365.

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