Last week, Titus Labs had the opportunity to present our SharePoint Security Enhancement products to the largest SharePoint User Group in the US – the New York City SharePoint User Group (NYCSPUG).
With over 1600 active members, it was a great opportunity to not only showcase our SharePoint products, but to also understand the culture and interest of the numerous User Groups in the US and their points of interest for security needs within their relative SharePoint environments.
Held at the new Microsoft office in Manhattan, the meeting brought together 115 members, including SharePoint administrators, developers, Independent IT Consultants as well as business owners looking to understand the benefits of SharePoint in their environment.
We presented on the topic of native security features in SharePoint versus the enhanced security that Titus Labs brings forth. Our ability to leverage existing metadata within SharePoint in order to apply and automate permissions to libraries and lists was of key interest to attendees. Having to manage sensitive documents and content manually is cumbersome, so having the ability to automate that within SharePoint brought value to the day-to-day tasks of many of the SharePoint administrators and business owners who attended. The general consensus and feedback from attendees was that regardless of the size of your company, whether it be 50 users or 50,000 users, Metadata Security becomes a ‘must have’ for the sensitive information within their SharePoint Libraries, and the amount of documents within those libraries does not necessarily reflect the importance of them.
Specifically here is some feedback I heard from customers on SharePoint security:
a) There seemed to be previous hesitation from some companies to implement a ‘company-wide’ adoption for SharePoint, due to sensitive information. Metadata Security would alleviate that doubt and risk for end-users. Item Level Permissions really spoke to their needs as well from an administrative point of view.
b) Document Marking was also of great interest. Feedback was geared around being able to have the end-user aware of the sensitivity, and being guided through Document Marking for their own documents that are put into SharePoint. Positive feedback from the group on the fact the documents were marked as they were actually being saved into SharePoint, not afterwards.
These types of ‘meet and greet’ sessions create value to not only the attendees, but to the vendors as well. Understanding what the needs of the customers are, and the struggles some have, lend the information necessary to continue to build and develop products that address the needs of these organizations.
We look forward to engaging with more SharePoint User Groups worldwide to continue these invaluable sessions!
- Jennifer Lalumiere