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One Year in MetaVis Development

December 15, 2010

End of December is a traditional time to reflect about achievements of the passing year and lay some plans for the year upcoming. I tried to extract the essence of MetaVis development from the jungle of our release notes for the executive planning. I was surprised as many of the functions that seemingly were there forever got their start during 2010.

In brief, we did the following

· Rounded up MetaVis Migrator offering by adding the ability to copy sites, site collections and promote sites to site collections as well as adding support for many individual SharePoint objects. Among new objects we added support to browse and copy site and list permissions, security groups, permission levels, users, list views, WEB Parts (with views), publishing page layout settings, welcome page settings, site navigation settings, site themes settings, SPD Workflows, InfoPath forms, Survey lists and Discussion Boards, list and site templates, master pages. Added automatic URL correction when copying hyperlink fields, links, WEB Parts and WEB Part or publishing pages

· Launched Cloud Classifier – server side solution integrated with SharePoint 2010 ribbon GUI distributed across all site users that allows to mass tag list items and documents

· Started Change Control and Release Manager product – a comprehensive solution with delayed execution of activities, scheduler, mass source and target substitutions and audit trail history to manage changes across multiple SharePoint environments

· Implemented live side-by-side compare feature for sites, site collections and lists that displays live difference report for all objects supported by MetaVis product line starting with sites down to individual items or documents

· Added support for SharePoint 2010 including many SharePoint 2010 specific features like copy and map managed metadata fields, copy and merge term sets, copy document sets

· Integrated MetaVis products with Exchange Public Folders, Windows File Classification Infrastructure (FCI), Windows Explorer (for bulk import) and new Microsoft Online SharePoint 2010 from Office 365

· Extended Bulk import from file system offering by allowing to map file system folders to SharePoint fields, adding optional folder removal feature and enabling automatic correction of illegal characters

· Improved visual appeal, general organization, ergonomics and usability of the product by adding MS Office style ribbon toolbar, interactive graphical wizards and background processing for all operations

· Added reports for site collection inventory, site users and site templates

· Implemented filter-based items, lists and sites copy that allows to perform delta- and incremental migrations

· Implemented mass delete and mass rename functions

· Added command line processing for all copy functions with options

· Extended mapping functionality to tackle differences in SharePoint environments by allowing to map the fields of different types like lookup field to managed metadata field, map users, site and list templates when copying SharePoint objects

It was fun, productive and agile year in MetaVis development group full of discoveries and successes. We are looking forward to the challenges of the New 2011 Year with optimism and high expectations.