Microsoft’s SharePoint teamspace offering has gathered a lot of interest over the last 12 months.
SharePoint is still a young product, and customers have much to gain from a market for third-party products. This is quickly appearing. Mostly, it’s small firms with specific niche tools and firms doing application development.
The first major software vendor to enter the field is Quest (2,800 staff, $476 million in revenue in 2005). Quest is developing a series of SharePoint lifecycle support products, providing for teamspace discovery and browsing, configuration and management (e.g., systemwide policy enforcement, and backup and recovery), and reporting. The first offering, Discovery Wizard for SharePoint, was released in February, and is available at no cost.