News | April 28, 2010

Citizen Schools Selects MetaVis To Migrate To SharePoint 2010

MetaVis Technologies, Inc., the leaders in SharePoint 2010 migration, recently announced that Citizen Schools, an educational non-profit, has selected the MetaVis Architect Suite to help with its move to SharePoint 2010. Citizen Schools is using MetaVis to help them not only migrate content but also reorganize it for improved site documentation, search and navigation.

Like many organizations, Citizen Schools implemented Microsoft SharePoint 2007 to help its staff and teaching fellows share, collaboratively develop and store documents. Over time, the SharePoint site grew out of control making it nearly impossible for Citizen Schools' users to search for content. This also made the usability of the site very low. With the new release of SharePoint 2010, Citizen Schools saw an opportunity to upgrade their systems and reorganize their content using best practices. By reorganizing during the migration, Citizen Schools can design SharePoint 2010 to include taxonomies and metadata and make content easily searchable.

"We knew that just upgrading to SharePoint 2010 would not address the problems we faced with our existing SharePoint site – of low usability and ineffective search," said David Crusoe from Citizen Schools. "With the MetaVis Architect Suite we can not only migrate our content to 2010 but we can redesign the sites to include taxonomy and metadata management. We can also reorganize the content by assigning the proper tags. This will make our new SharePoint site more user friendly and searchable."

Citizen Schools selected the MetaVis Architect Suite - including Architect, Classifier, Migrator and Site Creator - because it provides easy-to-use tools for designing, deploying and managing SharePoint 2010. With the MetaVis Suite, Citizen Schools can visualize, organize, document, migrate and classify content in SharePoint. As part of their upgrade strategy to SharePoint 2010, Citizen Schools has designed a new taxonomy and site structure using the beta version of SharePoint 2010. They are now in the process of migrating and reclassifying from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 beta using MetaVis Migrator and Classifier. The non-profit will then migrate to the final version of SharePoint 2010 this summer.

"Citizen Schools' experience with SharePoint growing out of control is typical for a lot of organizations." said Peter Senescu, President and Co-founder of MetaVis Technologies. "With the release of SharePoint 2010, now is the time to take back control when you migrate by reorganizing. MetaVis Architect Suite makes organizing SharePoint simple and easy."

MetaVis has been an active member of Microsoft's Partner Evidence Program (PEP) for Office 2010 and MetaVis products have supported SharePoint 2010 since October 2009.

About Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. Since 1995, students at Citizen Schools have developed the academic and leadership skills they need to succeed in high school, college, the workplace, and civic life. Citizen Schools have 37 campuses in seven states, serving 4,400 students and engaging 4,000 volunteers. For more information, visit: www.citizenschools.org.

About MetaVis Technologies, Inc.
MetaVis Technologies is an ISV that develops software solutions to help organize SharePoint 2010, 2007 and 2003 environments for improved search, findability and e-discovery. MetaVis takes the complexity out of designing, deploying and managing content within SharePoint by offering reusable taxonomies, metadata management and migration software and services. The company believes that taxonomy management should not be complicated or require highly specialized professionals to implement and use. MetaVis products are based on intuitive, graphical interfaces that are easy to use and easy to install. For more information, visit www.metavistech.com.

SOURCE: MetaVis Technologies, Inc.

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