All the votes have been counted and four SharePoint experts from around the globe have awarded their scores. Just to clarify the scoring system follows the Strictly Come Dancing format. The first half of the score comes from the votes cast on website (amazingly over 6000 unique votes were cast). The finalist who received the highest number of votes in each category was given 5 points, then second highest got 4 and so on.
The second half of the score came from four ‘SharePoint Experts’ all ranking each of the finalists in each category from 5 (the best) to 1 (their least favourite). The four scores from the Experts for each finalist were then added together and divided by 4 (number of Experts). Hope you are following this. Then the score from the voting was added to the average score from the Experts to get a score out of ten for each finalist. In the event of a draw I had the casting vote. Well, they are my awards! So here are the Winner and Runner-up in each SharePoint category:
1. Best SharePoint Information Site
2. Best SharePoint Web Part Provider
3. Best SharePoint Administration Tool
Winner - ControlPoint (scored a perfect 10)
Expert Comment -Hands down the best in the industry. Very user friendly. Extremely strong permissions reporting capability – the top requirement for managing large farms as 80% of all support calls come from permissions management.
Runner Up - DocAve Administrator
4. Best Website Built on SharePoint
5. Best SharePoint Training Packages
6. Best SharePoint Offline Solution
7. Most Useful SharePoint Web Part
Winner - Column\View Permissions from SharePoint Boost
Expert Comment - By far the most business benefit – one of the top requests I get on a daily basis. This tool is perfect to resolve that!
Runner Up - Bamboo SharePoint Video Library
8. Favourite Free SharePoint Web Part/Add-On
Winner - Google Charts
Expert Comment – Making life simple is what we all want and this is what Google Charts does.
Runner Up - Visualizer from Equilibrium (Digital Assets)
Expert Comment - Phwooaar, coooool. Very slick. Great way to wow your audience. End users love stuff like this.
9. Most Fun Free Web Part
10. Best SharePoint Application
Winner - ShareKnowledge – E-Learning Solution from Competentum
Expert Comment –Brilliant ! Now businesses can really use SharePoint to train their workforce. Great for Health & Safety courses. So easy to design courses as well. Ideal for any size organisation who have SharePoint.
Runner Up - MediaRich Digital Asset Management from Equilibrium