AIIM SharePoint White Paper Sponsored by Concept Searching Available

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Connecting and Optimizing SharePoint – Important Strategy Choices


This survey represents unbiased views from the AIIM community, and is devoid of third party vendor bias.

Concept Searching, the global leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management software, and developer of the Smart Content Framework™, is pleased to have sponsored the AIIM industry watch white paper ‘Connecting and Optimizing SharePoint – Important Strategy Choices’. The report, authored by Doug Miles, Director of Market Intelligence Division at AIIM, represents survey feedback from 422 individual members of the AIIM community.

According to Doug Miles, “SharePoint (SP) has been with us for nearly fourteen years now. At the outset it was an intranet platform for building websites. It allowed project teams to collaborate, make announcements, exchange documents, and share calendars. Each new release at three-year intervals added new capabilities to the platform, particularly in the areas of document and records management. Having coined the term ECM (Enterprise Content Management) in 2002, AIIM were pleased to see Microsoft use it to describe major elements of the SharePoint capability. Whether out-of-the-box SharePoint is a true ECM system remains a moot point, but it has certainly been the vehicle that took content management across the enterprise, spreading out across organizations large and small, well beyond the restricted license base of earlier systems.”

The report takes an in-depth look at deployment progress, distractions and issues, consolidation, integration, enhancement with add-on products, and future strategies for all-round information governance. It examines the threat from cloud collaboration systems, mobile clients and hybrid models. An interesting finding, highly pertinent to Concept Searching, is the lack of content and metadata management. This has a business critical impact on enterprise search, eDiscovery, retention and disposition of records, and compliance.

The white paper covers a wide range of topics, primarily on the use and effectiveness of SharePoint. Concept Searching’s solutions, as third party tools, provide native integration with all versions of SharePoint, and through auto-classification and taxonomy management eliminate manual tagging, solving a major challenge of metadata management. In sync with Concept Searching surveys, the AIIM survey finds that most organizations still use manual tagging. Although organizations are starting to recognize the problem of the explosive growth of content and the inability to proactively manage it, very few have addressed this.

“We are proud to have sponsored the AIIM SharePoint industry watch”, said Martin Garland, President of Concept Searching. “This survey represents unbiased views from the AIIM community, and is devoid of third party vendor bias. The survey results support our solutions as valuable technology tools that address many of the challenges SharePoint organizations face, including search, eDiscovery, records management, and compliance,” he concluded.

About Concept Searching
Concept Searching is the industry leader specializing in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management. Platform agnostic, Concept Searching also has a Microsoft Gold Application Development competency, and offers a complete suite of SharePoint and Office 365 solutions. The award winning technologies integrated with Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™ encompass the entire portfolio of unstructured information assets in on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environments. Clients have deployed the intelligent metadata enabled solutions to improve search, records management, identification and protection of privacy data, migration, text analytics, eDiscovery, and enterprise social networking applications.

Concept Searching is headquartered in the US with offices in the UK, Canada and South Africa. For more information about Concept Searching’s solutions and technologies visit and our Blog, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About AIIM
AIIM has been an advocate and supporter of information professionals for 70 years. The association’s mission is to ensure that information professionals understand the current and future challenges of managing information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud and big data. Founded in 1943, AIIM builds on a strong heritage of research and member service. Today, AIIM is a global, non-profit organization that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals. AIIM represents the entire information management community, with programs and content for practitioners, technology suppliers, integrators and consultants.

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