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TMCNet:  Socialtext Broadens Integration Capabilities with Microsoft SharePoint

[February 21, 2013]

Socialtext Broadens Integration Capabilities with Microsoft SharePoint

PALO ALTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Socialtext, a leading provider of enterprise social software, today announced its enhanced integration feature Microsoft (News - Alert) SharePoint to provide customers easy access to Microsoft documents. With SharePoint's streamline integration, Socialtext enables the ability to upload, view, and edit Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word files within a browser window through the collaboration platform.

This advanced integration offers customers access to a complete documents library that syncs with the Socialtext platform, allowing for storage of attachments inside SharePoint instead of Socialtext. Shared documents not only can be stored, but also referenced and are easily searchable with its simple search feature. In addition, bulk documents can be uploaded, dragged and dropped to the desired location along with PowerPoint, browser enabled Excel, Word documents that are easy to upload through the integration feature for optimum enterprise collaboration.

"Companies are increasingly realizing the benefits of social through integration with legacy systems of record. The SharePoint integration is a further example of how our customers are using Socialtext as a social layer in their enterprise architecture," says Michael Idinopulos, General Manager and Chief Customer Officer of Socialtext. "With SharePoint users ow have a convenient way to access and share commonly used Microsoft documents, delivering an even more effective social software platform."


SharePoint provides customers with three simple integration capabilities. Once a logged-in user uploads a file to a page, Socialtext keeps a record of the attachment but the actual file is stored inside SharePoint. Updates and changes to the file can be made in Socialtext or a new version can be uploaded directly to SharePoint. The three integration points include:

  • For an optimized SharePoint experience, Web Parts conveniently surface the user content that's stored on the collaboration platform
  • SharePoint events can be integrated in the Socialtext activity stream for greater enterprise-wide visibility
  • SharePoint is utilized as the document store behind the Socialtext interface

"Connecting to other enterprise platforms has always been convenient with Socialtext's API and now providing our customers with SharePoint integration capabilities will increase employee engagement firsthand with our industry-leading collaboration platform," said Idinopulos.

With an advanced API, Socialtext has the capability to provide customers an out of box integration with SharePoint. Connection is simple and, as with any of Socialtext's standard connectors, just requires an administrator to assign the server URL and service account's username and password for instant access. This delivers another real time social tool for companies to eliminate information silos, make business more flexible with 24/7 access.

About Socialtext

Established in 2002, Socialtext, a Bedford Funding portfolio company, was the first company to deliver social software to businesses. By unlocking knowledge, expertise, ideas and data, Socialtext eliminates information silos across the enterprise to drive superior business performance. Socialtext's enterprise social networking products - including microblogging, blogs, wikis, profiles and social spreadsheets - provide simpler ways for employees to share vital information and work together in real-time. Delivered in a variety of hosted cloud services, as well as on-site appliances, enterprise customers are provided with flexible deployment options that meet their security requirements. Built on a flexible, web-oriented architecture, Socialtext integrates with virtually any traditional system of record, such as CRM and ERP, enabling companies to discuss, collaborate, and take action on key business processes. More than 6,500 businesses worldwide have accelerated their business performance with Socialtext, including Getty Images, Symantec (News - Alert), Meredith Corporation, NYU Stern, OSIsoft, and Epitaph Records. To learn more, visit www.socialtext.com.


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