I could have spent 10 times the amount of money hiring a consultant to do many of the cloud migration planning and management tasks that ControlPoint allowed me to do in a few simple steps. The Academy was hugely beneficial in helping me get started with ControlPoint. It’s also opened my eyes to feature functionality that I haven’t had time to explore.
To aid collaboration and drive innovation across the company, Deluxe uses Microsoft SharePoint. However, as Deluxe’s content and user base grew, Deluxe soon realized that SharePoint’s out-of-the-box tools could not provide the level of permissions management needed to enforce security policy and control the level of data being stored, accessed and shared across the environment by the company’s 6,000+ users.
The company needed a powerful SharePoint administration tool to fix the gap. Specifically, Deluxe sought a tool set that would help it:
Furthermore, like many organizations, Deluxe operates a very lean IT department. As SharePoint workloads increased, server management tasks quickly became a burden. In a bid to address these concerns, while reducing costs, Deluxe began developing a roadmap to SharePoint in the cloud.
Deluxe chose Metalogix ControlPoint to manage its SharePoint 2007 environment and future migration projects.
An industry-leading administration and governance tool, ControlPoint is purpose-built for SharePoint and lets users automatically enforce governance and administer complex SharePoint environments with ease – from a single interface.
Brian Gullickson, SharePoint Technology Manager at Deluxe, sums up the features and benefits:
“As an on-premises SharePoint Administrator, ControlPoint fills several gaps that are not available out-of-the-box regarding SharePoint user administration and governance. ControlPoint is a fast, fluid, and easy to use product that provides necessary reporting on items such as user permissions, usage and auditing, as well as system configuration. Using ControlPoint to enforce governance policies has been instrumental in my ability to manage data sprawl and protect our environment from becoming unusable over time.”
To address its growing business and IT requirements, in 2013 Deluxe began the migration process from SharePoint 2007 to 2010. At the same time, the company set about deploying an Office 365 cloud platform to support external collaboration activities and high availability for business continuity teams.
ControlPoint proved essential to the migration: “I’m always thrilled when I can use an existing tool for a purpose that it wasn’t initially intended and that’s what happened during our migration process. Using ControlPoint, I can easily verify system configurations between test and production environments, as well as between our on-premises and cloud environments,” said Gullickson.
With Metalogix ControlPoint, Deluxe realized the following benefits: