In the SharePoint world, there are lot of paid tools by third party companies.
The tools are available in the following areas:
- Document Management
- Security Management
- Backup & Recovery
How Tools are Important?
This purely depends on the scenario:
- If your client wanted a quicker solution
- 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:
- Quest (Acquired by Dell)
Please note that licensing of tool may change based on the number of farms or servers involved, thereby increasing cost.