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SharePoint 2007 Earns Government Compliance Certification

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has received government certification for its ability to meet regulatory compliance standards.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has received government certification for its ability to meet regulatory compliance standards.

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it received U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.2 certification, which is concerned with record and document management.

To meet the certification requirements, Microsoft incorporated Exchange Server 2007, and will be releasing a free, add-on pack "later this year" that will extend SharePoint 2007's record management capabilities, according to a press release.

"While highly regulated industries such as financial services, utilities and pharmaceuticals have always had records retention requirements, changes in government regulations, such as the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, will have an impact on companies across the board as they realize the need to implement records management to address new electronic discovery requirements," Kenneth Chin, research vice president at Gartner Inc., stated in the release. "Gartner recommends that enterprises use the DOD 5015.2 standard as a key requirement when acquiring any records management product, along with consideration of local standards."

The DoD 5015.2 standard is the widely accepted design criteria for electronic records management software applications. It's a rigorous specification to meet, including 147 mandatory requirements relating to file infrastructure and retention. SharePoint 2007, part of the Office family, is an enterprise portal that allows collaboration on various Office documents. For Microsoft, it means that SharePoint 2007 can be used by government organizations, giving Microsoft another inroad into the lucrative federal market.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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