Many of our satisfied customers who are now running Extranet Collaboration Manager came to us after having had a frustrating experience trying to get Microsoft's External Collaboration Toolkit installed and configured. As well, prospective ExCM customers sometimes ask us the question "Can you tell me why I should buy SharePoint Solutions' Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) instead of using Microsoft's External Collaboration Toolkit?".
Extranet Collaboration Manager has over 300 live installations worldwide with well-known enterprise, small, and medium sized clients. ExCM is professionally written and maintained by acknowledged industry experts who are dedicated to the SharePoint platform. ExCM comes with US-based professional product support and a firm commitment to our customers' success. Our software engineers stand-by ExCM by offering hands-on installation and extranet configuration service.
Microsoft's solution accelerator External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint (ECTS) is source code, not a product or complete solution. ECTS is not professionally supported, nor does ECTS have a feature road map or well-defined future product path. ECTS is free to download, but can be expensive to implement and use.
ECTS only supports ADAM for your user store. ExCM supports a wide-range of user stores including AD, ADAM and SQL.
ECTS doesn’t support role management
ECTS doesn’t support user profiles
ECTS doesn’t support delegated user management
SharePoint Solutions' team of engineers have implemented more SharePoint-based extranets than any other company in the world. Our team's experience combined with ExCM's proven track record will ensure your extranet project is a success.