SOURCE: Axceler


May 21, 2012 08:00 ET

Axceler's ControlPoint Helps Equity Insurance Group Deliver Robust, Resilient and Secure Microsoft SharePoint Platform

UK Insurer Will Also Use ControlPoint to Enforce Governance Policies for Five SharePoint Farms, 1,200 Potential Users

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2012) - Axceler, the leader in Microsoft SharePoint governance, administration and migration solutions, today announced that UK insurer Equity Insurance Group (EIG) is using Axceler's ControlPoint, an award-winning SharePoint governance and administration solution, to provide better security and full visibility into EIG's SharePoint 2010 environment. EIG will also use ControlPoint as a business tool to enforce its governance policies, keeping the company in compliance with industry regulations.

EIG originally implemented SharePoint as a business intelligence platform for a single centralized portal. As it began to roll out intranet sites and built out its collaboration capabilities, workflow and document sharing, EIG's three SharePoint farms became increasingly difficult to manage. With the decision to use SharePoint for an internet project -- adding two more SharePoint farms -- EIG turned to Axceler to help manage its growing SharePoint environment.

"Five farms were just too many for us to manage with only the native SharePoint capabilities," said Keith Bucknall, EIG's lead technical architect. "We needed one centralized solution that would provide us with a single view of security across all farms, make it easier to copy and move content between farms, and improve the overall user experience."

Since he had evaluated three SharePoint administration solutions at a previous employer and had chosen and deployed ControlPoint there, Bucknall knew that it would be easy to use, offered the reporting and analysis capabilities that EIG needed, and was high-quality software with plenty of customization options.

"The centralized view that ControlPoint offers, what I call the single pane of glass, has been immensely helpful," asserted Bucknall. "The holistic overview has given me more cohesive management capabilities."

Bucknall is particularly enthusiastic about the time savings and efficiency ControlPoint has already provided in moving content from development to staging. "ControlPoint has allowed us to move content between farms very easily," he noted. "We've reduced the time from an hour or more to a matter of minutes."

Bucknall also sees considerable business management potential in using ControlPoint, since it allows Equity to easily manage permissions and produce valuable reports. He is developing a policy framework for SharePoint governance, and expects ControlPoint to play an even larger role once it is established.

"I'm steering the project team into how we take ControlPoint forward to manage our governance policies, especially for our internet sites," Bucknall concluded. "Once the sites are locked down, we know that ControlPoint will be the enforcer of our policies and keep us in compliance."

For more detail on EIG's success with ControlPoint, watch a video of Keith Bucknall or read the full case study on the Axceler Web site.

About Equity Insurance Group (EIG)
Equity Insurance Group is well established in the United Kingdom and is a specialist motor insurer delivering quality insurance solutions. It comprises two specialist divisions: Equity Red Star, the Lloyd's underwriting business which has been providing insurance products for more than 60 years, and Equity Insurance Partnerships (EIP), its affinity division, providing brokering solutions for some of the world's renowned brands such as Nissan, Renault and Mazda.

About Axceler
Axceler solutions enable enterprises to simplify, optimize and secure their collaborative platforms. Today, Axceler is a leader in managing SharePoint governance, security, reporting and analysis. Among its numerous Microsoft SharePoint solutions, Axceler offers award-winning ControlPoint for administration and Davinci Migrator and FileLoader for migration. The Boston Business Journal has named Axceler a 2012 Pacesetter, placing 14th overall. In 2011, ControlPoint won the Best of Connections Award, the Gold Editors' Best Award and the Bronze Community Choice Award in the SharePoint category from the readers and editors of Windows IT Pro. More than 2,500 organizations worldwide are using Axceler products to control their SharePoint environments. Headquartered near Boston in Woburn, MA, USA, Axceler maintains offices in Redmond, WA, Los Angeles, London and Sydney. For more information, visit

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