New Sharepoint Templates are launched – but none for ECM

March 20, 2007

Last week, Microsoft launched the much awaited sharepoint templates. These are kind of solution accelerators and have been available with earlier versions as well.  However the release was a bit disappointing, coming only for Sharepoint Services – covering workgroup scenario with dashboard of events, projects and collection of documents.  Most of these templates are an upgrade of those available earlier, with nothing being available for ECM and WCM scenarios.

Like MS CMS, there are some things which are difficult to do in MOSS – like making a story appear in two places on a website, or making a display template look different from content entry template.  Providing application templates , which also cover such scenario are definitely needed as they would cut down implementation time by 3-4 weeks.

The default templates  and Role Based Templates also leave much to be desired with simple WCM scenario available in default templates.

While Microsoft’s Marketing machine is positioning up MOSS from department to enterprise levels, these templates are just not helping confirm the same.

Lets hope that better application templates are on the anvil and would be out soon.

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