How Paid Tools are critical for SharePoint?

In the SharePoint world, there are lot of paid tools by third party companies.

The tools are available in the following areas:

  1. Document Management
  2. Security Management
  3. Backup & Recovery
  4. Reporting
  5. Migration

How Tools are Important?

This purely depends on the scenario:

  1. If your client wanted a quicker solution
  2. If your client wanted a cost effective solution (in the long run)

For example SharePoint provides Backup & Restore, but there are Tools which provide Scheduled Backup, Fine grain Restore etc.  Surely these are time saving factors & the tool is advantageous!

For example without a tool a person of $100 per hour rate has to be employed & 20 times per year thus increasing the cost to $2000.  In this case a tool of $1000 will be saving $1000.

Some of the custom tool providers in SharePoint are:

  1. AvePoint
  2. Telerik
  3. Quest (Acquired by Dell)
  4. Axceler
  5. MetaLogix
  6. Idera

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Please note that licensing of tool may change based on the number of farms or servers involved, thereby increasing cost.

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