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Microsft Groove for Offline SharePoint

  Asked By: Eddy    Date: Jan 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 940

Is anybody using Groove with SharePoint?

Are there any benefits from combining the two?

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Answer #1    Answered By: Destiny Lewis     Answered On: Jan 24

There are now several ways to take SharePoint content offline.

Groove take the document libraries offline  and into the Groove application.
Users can then collaborate using Groove. But if users are already on
SharePoint then I think they should be collaborating with in SharePoint.
Groove will enable them to collaborate with users in other organizations
that are not authorized to be on your company portal.

Office 2007 also enables you to take document libraries and list offline to
Outlook 2007.

Colligo has offline SharePoint applications that will take lists and
document libraries offline too.

In all of the above applications you lose the look and feel of the
SharePoint portal, Grove, Colligo and Outlook all present the documents and
lists in a tree view. The graphics, the look and feel of the portal are
left behind.

Infonic (iOra) can take SharePoint offline to laptops as well, but it keeps
the portals look and feel. It looks just like you are on line but the data
is coming from the laptop’s hard drive.

And with the unique infonic technology the data uses about 50% of the space
on the HD. The offline version of the portal or whatever portion you choose
to have them take offline is lite and fast and uses little of the laptops
resources. The infonic Client is only about 9MB and it includes a search
engine so the search box in the offline portal still works even when you
have no connection to the portal. You can even edit documents and lists, the
updates will be uploaded to the portal when the user connects again.
Infonic also uses a byte level differencing engine that can turn 90MB into
90K. This means that when users are in the field with low bandwidth
connections they can still get the updates to their offline version of the
portal.

Check out the web site for more info.

HYPERLINK "www.infonic.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.infonic.com"www.infonic.com

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Tanisha Rowe     Answered On: Jan 24

Taking SharePoint offline  always seems to me like solving a problem
that wasn't there in the first place. I've heard the request many
times and so I'm sure a market exists however I *always* advise a
client to take a long, hard look at what they're actually trying to
achieve and 99.999% of the time an offline sharepoint  environment
doesn't cut it.

Working on documents offline is as easy as checking them out of a
document library, working on calendars and task lists in a
disconnected environment is as easy as sync'ing them with Outlook.
Workflow and versioning further enhance the ootb capabilities for
working in a disconnected environment. All that is really required is
a little end user training and a change of perspective.

SharePoint is a collaboration tool which by definition necessitates
online, connected users. For mobile workers the highly developed and
integrated nature of the Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook,
InfoPath, Groove, Project, OneNote, Visio, etc.) negates the need for
an offline environment. I'm yet to hear a compelling reason for going
to the immense effort of mocking a truely offline experience.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Sierra Lewis     Answered On: Jan 24

How about .....

...... we are a school in a deprived area

We can lend kids equipment to work at home but we cant afford, and indeed aren't
allowed, to pay for them to have internet connectivity at home

The only way they can do homework in a digital fashion is to work offline

You now have a choice of dis-enfranchising those kids or allowing them to work
offline

I only mention this as Scotland has recently purchased a tool to take sharepoint
offline for each and every student for this very reason

Business users, however, you have a good point

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Dwight Becker     Answered On: Jan 24

What is the product the schools in Scotland are using called?

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Amar Kumbar     Answered On: Jan 24

Its a cut down version of www.digi-link.com<http://www.digi-link.com>. RM have
ordered 800,000 copies for the GLOW project for SSDN (Scottish Schools Digital
Network) is my understanding.

You can read about the deal at
http://www.digi-link.com/press/RM%20Order%20Press.pdf

 
Answer #6    Answered By: Marc Dixon     Answered On: Jan 24

Point of caution re Groove and MOSS. I had a beta of Groove for some
time on my laptop where I had an Office 2003 environment but was
managing a number of MOSS sites. I kept running into Active X control
and DLL problems that would crash IE when I dropped into MOSS lists and
libraries. On-the-spot Office repairs would fix the problem but it would
be back the next time I opened a browser window. After trying a number
of things, the only permanent solution was to uninstall Groove. I did
report this to my MS contacts and heard back initially that they hadn't
had any other reports of this behavior. I think the problem was less
attributable to Groove itself, but to having the mix of 2003 and 2007
products (same thing happened right after I installed Designer but the
one-time DLL replacement fixed it for good).

 
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