Choosing an External Collaboration Solution

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Choosing an External Collaboration Solution
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Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................ 1
Real-time Collaboration Options ..................................................................... 1
Office Live Meeting.................................................................................. 1
Office Communicator ............................................................................... 1
Collaboration Options That Include Document Storage ...................................... 2
Office Live Workspace ............................................................................. 2
Office Groove ......................................................................................... 2
SharePoint Products and Technologies ....................................................... 3
SharePoint Sites Integrated with Office Groove ..................................... 3
Third Party–hosted SharePoint ............................................................ 4
External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint .............................................. 4
Choosing a Collaboration Solution .................................................................. 4
Considerations ....................................................................................... 4
Solution Cost .................................................................................... 4
Infrastructure Impact ........................................................................ 5
Scalability ........................................................................................ 5
Data Ownership, Control, and Confidentiality ........................................ 5
Auditing and Reporting ...................................................................... 6
Automatic Synchronization for Offline Access ........................................ 6
Precise Access Controls ...................................................................... 6
Making Your Choice ...................................................................................... 7
Collaboration Scenarios ........................................................................... 7
Professional Services Firm .................................................................. 8
Research University ........................................................................... 8
Software Company Customer Support ................................................10
Summary ...................................................................................................11
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Introduction
The way that people and teams work together is changing. One of the biggest changes is
the dramatic increase in collaboration between organizations. Organizations now
collaborate with external business partners in ways that would have seemed
inconceivable even 10 years ago.
In the past, most work was done by employees and on-site contractors, whereas it is not
unusual today to have project teams made up of a widely dispersed mix of on-site and
off-site employees, vendor personnel, and consultants all working together on a project.
The benefits are obvious: teams can leverage a wide variety of perspectives and insights
from experts and stakeholders wherever they are, whether inside or outside the
organization. This level of collaboration can lead to better decisions, improved product
designs, more effective marketing campaigns, and so on.
Microsoft is committed to helping its customers’ collaborative efforts by providing tools
and products that can address the needs of a variety of collaboration scenarios. This
guide is intended to help you choose which Microsoft collaboration option is appropriate
for your organization, given your specific requirements. This document takes a quick look
at real-time collaboration options but primarily focuses on those solutions that provide the
features and functionality that are important for long term projects. These features include
document storage, workflows, and version control.
Real-time Collaboration Options
Microsoft provides a variety of tools to help organizations collaborate with a few partners
in real-time. These include:

Microsoft Office Live Meeting

Microsoft Office Communicator
Office Live Meeting
Office Live Meeting is a hosted Web conferencing service to connect groups of people for
online meetings, training, and events. With meeting attendees participating from their
own computers, you can deliver a presentation, kick off a project, brainstorm ideas, edit
files, collaborate on whiteboards, and negotiate deals without travel.
For more information, see the Microsoft Office Live Meeting site.
Office Communicator
Office Communicator 2007 is a unified communications client that helps people be more
productive by enabling them to communicate easily and instantly with others in different
locations or time zones using a range of different communication options, including
instant messaging (IM), voice, and video. Integration with programs across the 2007
Microsoft Office system gives information workers many different ways to communicate
with each other via a consistent and simple user experience.
For more information, see the Microsoft Office Communicator site.
Real-time collaboration solutions are obviously useful, but they don’t work well for those
collaborative efforts that involve more then a few people, span a longer time line, or
involve shared documentation. The remainder of this document focuses on collaboration
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solutions that provide a long-lived shared workspace for collaboration amongst many
users and offer capabilities for document storage.
Collaboration Options That Include
Document Storage
Many collaboration scenarios require the capability for a larger number of people to
communicate with each other and also the ability for them to work on and view a number
of documents. Collaboration solutions that scale efficiently to large numbers of users and
that provide document storage capabilities include:

Microsoft Office Live Workspace

Microsoft Office Groove™

Microsoft SharePoint® Products and Technologies

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Office Live Workspace
Office Live Workspace provides basic document collaboration capabilities for individual
users and small organizations. You can use Office Live Workspace to collaborate on
Web-based documents, notes, spreadsheets, presentations, and lists. For more
information, see the Office Live Workspace site.
Office Groove
Office Groove 2007 is a collaboration tool included in the 2007 Microsoft Office system
that enables teams to collaborate even when team members work for different
organizations, work remotely, or need to work offline. Office Groove is a dynamic
collaboration environment that works best for short-term projects that have concrete
deadlines, such as a product launch or bid preparation.
Office Groove 2007 is the client software that enables individuals to work as teams within
virtual workspaces to accomplish collaborative tasks. Individuals can form a team by
creating workspaces, adding tools and data, and inviting other Office Groove users to join
the workspace as team members. Project team members can use the workspace to store
and update documents, presentations, and other essential information.
An Office Groove workspace doesn't reside on a server. Instead, every team member
has an identical copy of the workspace on their desktop. When someone makes a
change, Groove automatically distributes it to the other team members, keeping
everyone's information synchronized. This locally stored workspace content enables
project team members to view and update documents even when they don't have
Internet or network access.
Even if connectivity is available but slow, Office Groove is a good choice for collaboration
because its synchronization engine distributes only file changes rather than whole files. If
a colleague edits one label on a 10 MB blueprint, for example, Office Groove will send
just the few altered bytes instead of the entire massive file.
Office Groove requires that each team member have Office Groove installed on their
computer before they can begin to collaborate together.
For more information, see the Office Groove site.
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SharePoint Products and Technologies
SharePoint Products and Technologies comprise a large set of technologies with a wide
range of uses. Windows SharePoint Services is the technology available for Windows
Server that provides the infrastructure for collaboration. Office SharePoint Server 2007
relies on the Windows SharePoint Services technology to provide powerful search
features, sophisticated content management functionality, and advanced business
intelligence capabilities. These features make Office SharePoint Server 2007 an ideal
tool for building rich intranet and extranet sites. Both Windows SharePoint Services and
Office SharePoint Server 2007 provide a consistent, familiar framework for lists and
libraries, site administration, and site customization.
Like Office Groove, SharePoint Products and Technologies help project teams manage
documents and other information centrally. However, they also include robust workflow
capabilities for managing structured business processes, such as expense report
approvals and document reviews. In addition, SharePoint offers the ability to make
documents and information available to large groups of people, and, unlike Groove, does
not require the installation of client software (beyond a typical Web browser).
Windows SharePoint Services is a versatile technology that organizations of all sizes can
use to increase the efficiency of processes and improve team productivity. With tools for
collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic
boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to information they need.
Windows SharePoint Services also provides a foundation platform for building Webbased business applications that can flex and scale easily to meet the changing and
growing needs of your business. Robust administrative controls for managing storage
and Web infrastructure give IT departments a cost-effective way to implement and
manage a high-performance collaboration environment. With a familiar, Web-based
interface and close integration with everyday tools including the Microsoft Office system,
Windows SharePoint Services is easy to use and can be deployed rapidly.
Additionally, there are two different ways to use SharePoint in your organization: hosted
by a third party, or self-hosted. Third party companies can host SharePoint sites for your
business so that your organization does not have to undertake the complexity of
deploying and managing the SharePoint services. The alternative is to deploy SharePoint
and the related services in your own network.
SharePoint Sites Integrated with Office Groove
Sometimes, organizations need the secure offline capabilities of Office Groove and the
online capabilities of a SharePoint site. In this case, you can connect an Office Groove
workspace to a SharePoint document library. Thereafter, if someone adds or edits a file
in the SharePoint site, the changes appear in Office Groove, and vice versa. SharePoint
and Groove integration extends the ability to maintain a SharePoint document library
content from either Groove or SharePoint and beyond organization boundaries without
breaking either security model.
You can use a similar approach to link field teams with the head office. For example, an
insurance company can create a SharePoint site for its claims inspectors at
headquarters, and include it in an Office Groove workspace that its mobile claims
adjustors use. As adjustors complete claim forms on their laptops during the day, they
can store them in Office Groove. When they reconnect with the Internet, Office Groove
automatically uploads those forms to the SharePoint site for claims inspectors to review.
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Third Party–hosted SharePoint
Using SharePoint hosted by a third party solution provider is a option that allows an
organization to use SharePoint while avoiding the infrastructure impact of establishing
SharePoint using your own organization’s resources and network. Because the
characteristics of a third party–hosted SharePoint solution can vary, you should compare
your specific requirements with the functionality offered by different service providers.
External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint
The External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint from the Solution Accelerators –
Security and Compliance team provides guidance for setting up an external collaboration
facility based on Windows SharePoint Services. In addition, it provides tools that make it
easy to create new collaboration sites and add external users to new and existing sites.
You can download the toolkit from the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint page.
Choosing a Collaboration Solution
When deciding on what will be the best solution for a particular collaboration scenario,
you must consider a number of factors. For example, which solution you choose might
vary depending upon the funding for the project or how much infrastructure impact you
are willing to tolerate.
Considerations
Consider the following when choosing a collaboration solution:

Solution cost

Infrastructure Impact

Scalability

Data ownership, control, and confidentiality

Auditing and reporting

Automatic synchronization for offline access

Precise access controls
Solution Cost
To determine the feasibility of any project, you need to consider the actual cost of the
solution. Solution costs include the short-term costs of setting up the solution and the
long-term costs that you incur as long as the solution is active.
In general the initial setup costs are higher for internally hosted solutions that require
changes to your organizational infrastructure whereas externally hosted solutions usually
have lower setup costs.
Long-term costs, however, are usually higher for externally hosted solutions whereas the
initial cost of setup for internally hosted solutions is amortized over the duration of the
project. Remember to include personnel overhead when calculating the cost of an
internally hosted solution because your employees will need to maintain computer
systems and such.
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Infrastructure Impact
The impact to the IT infrastructure is another factor to consider. Internally hosted
solutions may require fundamental changes to the organization’s network infrastructure
and possibly even whole new infrastructures if critical components do not exist. For more
information about the kind of infrastructure changes that may be required to host a
collaboration solution in your organization’s infrastructure, see the companion document,
Planning for External Collaboration with SharePoint.
Because externally hosted solutions, such as Office Groove or a hosted SharePoint site,
require little infrastructure change they are both less expensive to establish and can
come online faster to provide immediate capability.
Scalability
Scalability includes several related factors to consider when choosing a collaboration
solution. For example, hosted solutions can scale to provide any amount of data storage
for your collaboration projects. There may be additional costs associated with storing
more data on external sites, whereas data storage capacity is relatively inexpensive to
add to your own infrastructure. Conversely, data throughput should never be an issue
with an externally hosted solution whereas high data throughput requirements might force
an upgrade of a small organization’s connection to the Internet.
Another factor to consider is the amount of data to be shared during your collaborative
projects. If you plan to share thousands of documents or documents that are very large, it
may be better to use a SharePoint site to store those documents centrally rather than to
store them on every workspace user’s desktop as Office Groove does.
Scaling to support a large number of users might also impact which collaboration solution
you choose. Because current licensing models for Microsoft products include a flat fee for
external users, an organization, in general, need not make allowances for an increase in
the number of external users who use the solution. This may not be true of externally
hosted solutions, however, so careful attention should be paid to per-user fees for any
solution being considered.
Data Ownership, Control, and Confidentiality
When you choose a collaboration solution, there may be additional factors to consider if
the data to be shared is confidential or subject to regulatory compliance issues. If you are
considering an externally hosted solution, you should carefully examine your contract
with the hosting provider to understand what assurances they make with regard to the
security and integrity of data that is placed on the external site both by the employees of
your organization and your external partners.
Questions to ask may include:

If sensitive data is lost because of a fault with the hosting provider’s systems, does
the hosting service assume liability?

How often does the hosting service back up your site’s data and what is the process
for recovering lost data?

What types of encryption (if any) does the hosting service provide?

What types of techniques with respect to physical security, auditing, and segregationof-duties does the hosting service use to prevent its employees from accessing and
copying your data?
If you choose an internally hosted solution based on SharePoint technologies, you must
ask these same questions, but it is your organization that will need to provide the
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answers. Remember to factor the cost and infrastructure impact of creating the
processes that will provide the necessary level of information assurance.
A full-featured solution could be to use a SharePoint site or Office Groove supplemented
with Windows Rights Management Services. This would allow users to share documents
with other people while preventing these collaborators from changing or copying those
documents. For example, you can protect a file so that the author has full rights to read,
edit, and print it, authorized people can read the file, and unauthorized users could not
even open it.
Finally, if your project requirements include the need to retain documents—for example to
comply with regulations or for other reasons—you should consider using Microsoft Office
SharePoint Server. Office SharePoint Server has strong capabilities for long term
document storage, version tracking, search, and so on. In addition, because these
products use Microsoft SQL Server® for data storage, they can be backed up easily
using widely available tools.
Auditing and Reporting
In cases where your collaborative effort involves very sensitive information or if the data
falls under very strict regulatory compliance controls, you will likely require robust auditing
and reporting capabilities. Activities that could be audited and reported on include:

Adding users to distribution lists.

Users accessing documents.

Creating new collaboration sites and environments.

Making changes to site structure and document libraries.

Granting and removing user permissions.
It will be important to consider what level of support for auditing and reporting is provided
with a internally hosted or external solution before choosing a collaboration solution.
For internal SharePoint-based solutions, determine what it will take to implement your
requirements—especially if additional software is required to provide the necessary
functionality. For example, a high level of access audit reporting can be provided with
System Center Operations Manager 2007 Audit Collection Services (ACS). For more
information, see Audit Collection Services (ACS).
Automatic Synchronization for Offline Access
When a collaboration project involves a large number of files that users work on
frequently, a solution that provides automatic synchronization of the files amongst your
team members will be very important. If your solution has this requirement, Office Groove
is likely the better choice because it ensures that each user has the latest version of all
files on their desktop. When a network connection is reestablished, Office Groove
automatically sends the updated files to each user’s workspace.
A SharePoint site can also provide offline capabilities (but not automatic synchronization
of files), either by linking a list or document library to an Office Outlook® folder or by
checking out files from the SharePoint site before working offline.
Precise Access Controls
The degree to which your team requires the ability to specify levels of access control (for
example, read-only or read/write) to the files they plan to share with external users can
affect the collaboration solution you choose. If your project does not require very specific
access control (for example, down to the individual file level) either Office Groove or a
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SharePoint site should be adequate. Office Groove provides the basic ability to
differentiate various levels of access to files. Generally, users can either have read/write
or read-only access to all the files in an Office Groove workspace. By default, a
SharePoint site also provides similar access levels. However, a SharePoint site can
provide significantly more precise levels of access control, down to specific rights to
individual files or folders.
Making Your Choice
To determine the most appropriate collaboration solution for your particular needs you
should do the following:
1. Understand the collaboration scenarios that apply to your organization. Note that
because more than one scenario might apply to your situation, your needs could
require more than one solution.
2. Next, review the considerations discussed above. As you review them, think about
which are most important for your collaboration scenarios, as well as the relative
importance of each of the considerations for your situation.
3. After you identify the more important considerations that apply to your scenarios,
map the considerations to the following table and select the best fit.
The following table compares the various collaboration solutions against the typical
considerations and requirements for an external collaboration solution.
Table 1. Collaboration options comparison
Office Live Office
Workspace Groove
Hosted
SharePoint
SharePoint SharePoint
w/ECTS
Solution cost
Free
Per client
license for
each user
Varies by
number of
users
Fixed
Fixed
Infrastructure
impact
No
No
(optionally
Yes)
None
Yes
Yes
Scalability
Limited
number of
documents
High
(additional
users add
cost)
High
High
(additional
users/storage
add cost)
High
Data control
Low
Low
Low
High
High
Auditing
None
Varies
Varies
Yes
Yes
Automatic
No
synchronization
Yes
No
No
No
Precise access
controls
No
Varies
Yes
Yes
No
Collaboration Scenarios
The following scenarios illustrate how a few sample organizations might choose a
collaboration solution that meets their needs.
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Professional Services Firm
Employees at professional services firms (such as engineers, architects, and so on)
regularly collaborate with employees of their clients. In addition, these professionals must
often work in a variety of locations, with and without network access. To further
complicate matters, they often travel to client locations, and need to work while they are
on airplanes and in airports. The project team that services a client might come from a
single office, or could rely on expertise as needed from around the firm.
Analysis of Considerations
In analyzing the organization’s collaboration needs, the IT manager at the professional
services firm made the determinations represented in the following table.
Table 2. Professional services firm collaboration considerations
Consideration
Scenario
Requirement
Explanation
Solution cost
None
For a professional services firm, the business benefit
of improved collaboration capabilities would offset the
costs of any of the solutions described.
Infrastructure
impact
Low
Small professional services firms have limited
infrastructure and IT resources.
Scalability
Low
The collaboration solution must support a moderate
number of small files such as documents and
spreadsheets.
Each team is relatively small, typically 4–12 people.
Data control
Medium
Professionals require a moderate degree of data
control and confidentiality because they handle
documents that belong to their clients.
Auditing
Low
Professionals do not require a strict auditing and
reporting infrastructure for the day-to-day manipulation
of the documents they work with.
Automatic
synchronization
High
Because consultants often travel and are on site at the
customer location, it is important to have offline
access to documents and that documents be updated
without having to manually synchronize each file.
Precise access
controls
Low
Generally, there is not a strong need for precise
access control. It is reasonable for all team members
to be able to see most of the shared documents.
Recommended Solution
For this scenario, we recommend that the professional services firm deploy a solution
based on Office Groove. Office Groove is a good fit because the collaborative team is not
too large and automatic synchronization of files would be very useful.
Research University
At a research university, the IT department regularly receives requests from professors
and other research staff to be able to collaborate with researchers outside the university.
These researchers might work at other universities or government or private sector
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research facilities. The university’s researchers need to collaborate on a variety of
projects that range from the simple—peer reviewing articles for an academic journal—to
complex multi-year research projects that have large budgets and collaborators from
numerous organizations.
Analysis of Considerations
When analyzing the requirements, the IT manager for the university made the
determinations represented in the following table.
Table 3. Research university collaboration considerations
Consideration
Scenario
Explanation
Requirement
Solution cost
None
The costs to support the collaboration solution should
not be an issue because of its importance to effective
research and collaboration. A solution should scale
well without adding excessive cost to the solution.
Infrastructure
impact
None
Universities often have a large IT support staff with
diverse and specialized skill sets. The impact of a selfhosted collaboration solution should not be an issue.
Scalability
High
The solution must support a large number of large files
including documents, spreadsheets, and data files.
Solutions that can’t support large amounts of data or
involve significant additional costs are not acceptable.
The number of users in any project could range from
just a few people to dozens or even hundreds. The
solution must be able to scale to large numbers of
users without driving up costs.
Data control
High
Depending on the type of research, requirements could
range from very low (collaborating on an article for an
academic journal) to highly confidential (various sorts
of medical research that might involve patient records).
The solution must support high levels of confidentiality.
Auditing
High
The collaboration solution should support detailed
auditing and reporting for sensitive or regulated
research activities.
Automatic
Low
synchronization
Generally, automatic synchronization is not extremely
important to university researchers. The number of files
might be large but they change infrequently and most
researchers access them while online.
Precise access
controls
Collaborative projects will have varied needs for
access control specificity. For example, not every
person in a medical research project will need to
access the private medical records of the participants.
The solution should support research activities in which
people require a variety of levels of access to data.
Moderate
Recommended Solution
This scenario requires a high level of scalability, data control, and access controls.
Because of these requirements, we recommend that the university deploy a SharePoint
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site to address their collaboration requirements. A SharePoint site can provide the
flexibility, scale, and security required for such a wide variety of users. In addition, the
environment can be customized by each collaborative group to meet their specific needs.
The IT manager should also consider using the External Collaboration Toolkit for
SharePoint to help deliver the external collaboration capabilities that the university
requires. This solution accelerator provides software and guidance that can make
operating in this environment more efficient. You can download the toolkit from the
External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint page.
Software Company Customer Support
A customer support organization for a software company needs to be able to exchange
data and other files with their customers to help solve the software problems that their
customers experience. They need to be able to allow the customer to upload large files to
the software company, including dump files or traces that may contain sensitive
information. In addition, the software company needs to be able to provide security
updates and custom software builds to the customer to resolve their issues. It is
important that the customer support organization be able to set up these collaborative
efforts quickly to help solve their customers’ problems rapidly.
Analysis of Considerations
When analyzing the requirements, the IT manager for the software company made the
determinations represented in the following table.
Table 4. Software company customer support collaboration considerations
Consideration
Scenario
Explanation
Requirement
Solution cost
Medium
Customer support, while important, is overhead against
the core business of software sales. All else being
equal, a less expensive solution would be much better.
Infrastructure
impact
Low
Software companies have large numbers of technical
employees and significant hardware resources.
Scalability
High
Many files, such as crash dumps and installation
packages, could be gigabytes in size and there may be
large numbers of support cases at any one time.
A solution that did not get more expensive as the
customer base grew would also be desirable.
Data control
Medium
The files being exchanged may contain confidential
data and should be protected while they are sent to
and stored in the collaboration system.
Auditing
Low
There is little to no requirement for auditing.
Automatic
Low
synchronization
Most interaction takes place in almost real time
between users who access the support site while
connected to the Internet. The number of files to be
uploaded and downloaded is relatively small and the
files themselves are different for every case.
Precise access
controls
Because the number of users for each effort is small,
there is little need for specific access control.
Low
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Recommended Solution
This is a classic scenario for leveraging the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint.
The toolkit allows the customer support person to quickly provision a new collaboration
site and add the customer to it. The customer can then upload dump or trace files to the
site for analysis by the support organization. In turn, the customer support person can
use the collaboration site to store software updates that the customer can download
securely.
Summary
Microsoft provides a variety of products, tools, and technologies to help customers
collaborate safely and securely with partners both inside and outside their organization.
In addition to using e-mail, Office Groove workspaces, and SharePoint sites,
organizations can rely on the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint to set up
collaborative environments based on SharePoint Products and Technologies.
For more information about the toolkit, see the External Collaboration Toolkit for
SharePoint site.
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