SOURCE: Axceler


May 09, 2011 10:16 ET

Hay Group Uses Axceler ControlPoint to Streamline Management of Complex SharePoint Environment

Global Consulting Firm Saves Time, Resources in Controlling Multi-Level Content and Securing Access

WOBURN, MA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Axceler, the leader in Microsoft SharePoint administration and migration, today announced that Hay Group, a global consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is using Axceler ControlPoint, the company's award-winning SharePoint administration software, to streamline the management of its complex SharePoint environment.

"We needed to look beyond the native SharePoint administration tools to achieve governance in our multi-tiered knowledge management environment," said Jim Dooney, Global Director, Knowledge Management and Collaboration. "We chose ControlPoint from Axceler because of its excellent security management on site collection and lists, its ease of use for our busy development staff and its outstanding price point."

Hay Group has a single SharePoint farm, eight Web applications, five servers, 2,500 users and 300 gigabytes of content. Its knowledge management environment is organized into a comprehensive three-level pyramid, with a global intranet at the top, country-specific intranets at the second level, and collaborative small team network project sites at the third level. This level uses WSS, requiring a significant amount of custom security.

"ControlPoint saves us a ton of time in our SharePoint environment," Dooney explained. "The admin staff no longer has to write a huge amount of custom code. At the country level, we can copy a publishing-enabled MOSS site collection and quickly and easily make a new country site with ControlPoint. This has already saved us about a week per country site, with many more to come."

As the Hay Group consulting staff wins new projects, Dooney's SharePoint admin team must spring into action to quickly and accurately provide secure collaborative environments -- often by the next day. "ControlPoint preserves unique list-level security which SharePoint out of the box does not do," noted Dooney. "It used to take us an entire day to make a new project site, but with ControlPoint, it's only about 35 minutes. Since we implemented ControlPoint, we've created at least 150 project collaboration sites -- and saved a day of time on each of them."

Since implementing ControlPoint, Dooney's global development staff of three, along with three SharePoint administrators from Europe and the Middle East, have reaped continual benefits from its site copying capabilities. "It's so easy to use ControlPoint to copy sites, our global staff can do it overnight and have them ready for the project teams as they begin new engagements," added Dooney.

ControlPoint enables Dooney's small team to keep up with the day-to-day challenges of site administration. "With ControlPoint, it's a lot easier for us to see all the different site collections out there," he concluded. "It's worth its weight in gold to us, as we don't have the development resources to maintain and grow our environment in any other way."

About Hay Group
Hay Group is a global consulting firm that works with leaders to transform business strategy into reality. It develops talent, organizes people to be more effective, and motivates them to perform at their best. With 85 offices in 49 countries, Hay Group works with more than 7,000 clients across the world. Its clients are from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, across every major industry, and face diverse business challenges. Hay Group is focused on making change happen and helping people and organizations realize their potential. For more information, visit

About Axceler
Axceler solutions enable enterprises to simplify, optimize, and secure their collaborative platforms and have delivered award-winning administration software worldwide since 1994. For Microsoft SharePoint, Axceler offers ControlPoint and Davinci Migrator. ControlPoint is the best way to get control over a SharePoint environment giving SharePoint professionals the ability to manage permissions, copy sites, analyze activity and much more. Davinci Migrator is a best of breed migration solution for organizations upgrading SharePoint 2003 and 2007 to SharePoint 2010. It was named a "Best of Connections 2010" finalist in the Best SharePoint Product category by Penton Media's DevConnections, while the editors of Windows IT Pro named ControlPoint the Best SharePoint Product of 2009. Headquartered in Woburn, MA, Axceler maintains offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, London and Sydney. For more information visit

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