Mindjet, the company that improves how people work together, announced the release of Mindjet Connect SP software today. Mindjet Connect SP adds powerful visual collaboration features and more intuitive document discovery capabilities to enterprise installations of Microsoft SharePoint.

SharePoint software is used by 78 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 125 million users for behind-the-firewall collaboration and document management. Over the years, large enterprises have made SharePoint the data storage and file repository of choice in both the U.S. and global marketplace.

Yet, industry reports show that some workers have found SharePoint hard to master, which results in low rates of usage. In a recent Forrester Research survey, 37 percent of IT buyers rated SharePoint’s level of adoption as “less than expected.”

“With often large investments in enterprise SharePoint installations, CIOs are tasked with getting the greatest adoption and return on this technology,” said Blaine Mathieu, Chief Product Officer at Mindjet. “Satisfying that need is our business opportunity.”

“Mindjet Connect SP’s visual discovery and intuitive team collaboration capabilities make SharePoint both easier to navigate and more powerful to use—a big plus for our customers,” said Richard Harbridge, senior SharePoint consultant at Allin Consulting.

Mindjet Connect SP provides a simpler way for workers to share ideas on large enterprise projects, because they can find information in SharePoint faster and collaborate directly inside the SharePoint environment, with a more intuitive visual display providing the key.

“Connect SP displays information in a visual manner so team members can better understand and align on critical issues and plans,” Mathieu says. The software is also expected to increase SharePoint adoption and usage rates, helping IT departments avoid costly “rip and replace” strategies in which underperforming legacy systems are removed—a huge source of headaches and capital expense at large companies.

Mindjet’s product release is good news for Microsoft and should provide a meaningful increase in their customer satisfaction levels.  “SharePoint adoption continues to be strong among many types of organizations.  However, end-user comfort with SharePoint and day-to-day usage depend a great deal on how easy it is to find information and collaborate with others.  Tools, like Mindjet Connect SP, that augment SharePoint in these areas can help business and IT meet their goals,” said Kathleen Reidy, senior analyst at The 451 Group. 
Mindjet Connect SP is available immediately. For more information, visit the Mindjet website or the Mindjet blog. 

Supporting Resources:
• Download the Mindjet Connect SP datasheet
• Read the Mindjet Connect SP blog post
• View a tutorial of Mindjet Connect SP
• See images of Mindjet Connect SP