[p4] Perforce and Sharepoint

Jay Glanville Jay.Glanville at naturalconvergence.com
Thu Nov 16 06:10:04 PST 2006

There are some good points about using Sharepoint for documentation:
- you can configure it so that exclusive locking is on, preventing
editing collisions.
- the author doesn't need to install client software in order to submit
changes (like you would have to do in P4).
- there is a concept of versioning.

There are some things to be careful of:
- ensure you pay money for the searching capabilities.  Our current
version of Sharepoint is the cheap one, the one that doesn't allow you
to search.  This means that if you don't know where the document is
buried, you'll never find it!

All that being said, why bother with Sharepoint at all?  There are many
other alternatives out there.  For example:
- Eidetic Document Management System  (http://docsys.sourceforge.net/)
- OpenDocMan (http://www.opendocman.com/)
There's even one (who's name I can't remember) that will allow you to
search the contents of documents, not just the metadata of documents.
(I really wish I wrote that system's name down somewhere...)

Jay Dickon Glanville

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com] On Behalf Of 
> busterrey at speakeasy.net
> Sent: November 15, 2006 4:09 PM
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> Subject: [p4] Perforce and Sharepoint
> Hello,
> Does anyone on this list have any experience with Sharepoint? 
> Recently a group in my company has suggested using Sharepoint 
> for managing our engineering documents as well as documents 
> from marketing and customer service. I don't know much about 
> Sharepoint and was hoping someone might have an insight or 
> two on how it compares to Perforce's functionality.
> Our engineering team uses Perforce for SCM and Team Track as 
> our defect tracking tool. I've been asked to comment on 
> whether that combination can do the same things that 
> Sharepoint can do.  I've taking a quick look at the MS web 
> site, and it looks like there is quite a bit that our current 
> tools could do in terms of running a document control system, 
> but I did want to hear if anyone had an experience with both tools.
> Thanks,
> Andrew
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