Nintex Offers Reporting Solution for SharePoint
In early August, Bellevue, Wash.-based Nintex rolled out a solution for those concerned with governance in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environments. The new Nintex Reporting 2008 product promises a glimpse under the SharePoint hood, providing business intelligence reports on system usage via graphical dashboards.
According to an August 8th press release, "Nintex [Reporting] 2008 collects and analyzes SharePoint site structure, content, and usage data for adoption monitoring, capacity planning, and a variety of other governance applications."
SharePoint provides a means of collaborating and sharing documents across an enterprise. By helping with governance, Nintex Reporting 2008 aims to assist CIOs and IT administrators with SharePoint resource planning. However, having effective governance capabilities in place can also help with SharePoint development strategies.
For instance a Forrester Research study indicated that "developmental governance is crucial to success" in application development for SharePoint, according to John R. Rymer and Rob Koplowitz in "Now Is The Time To Determine SharePoint's Place In Your Application Development Strategy."
SharePoint has gained traction in the market lately with business users. The product competes with front runners such as Vignette, Plantree (portals), Lotus Notes and Domino, according to Forrester.
Nintex Reporting 2008 installs and configures with a Web browser that points to 75 out-of-the-box interactive charts and graphs. The company claims that Nintex Reporting 2008 is extensible and minimizes the impact on the SharePoint environment.
A demo of Nintex Reporting 2008 online and a trial version of the software can be accessed here.
Herb Torrens is an award-winning freelance writer based in Southern California. He managed the MCSP program for a leading computer telephony integrator for more than five years and has worked with numerous solution providers including HP/Compaq, Nortel, and Microsoft in all forms of media.