Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Receives U.S. Department of Defense 5015.2 Certification

This is a major step and recognition for MOSS 2007. Records Management capability is now certified …

… Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 has received U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.2 certification. Endorsed by the National Archives and Records Administration, the 5015.2 standard on which the DoD certification is based serves as the benchmark for government and corporate organizations that manage records and documents.

“As government regulations around information management and preservation have increased, many organizations have taken a hard look at their records management practices,” said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president of the Office SharePoint Server Group at Microsoft. “We made enterprise content management a major focus during the development of Office SharePoint Server 2007, and we’re pleased that our customers can now have the confidence of knowing it has been approved through the DoD’s rigorous 5015.2 certification process.”

Microsoft utilized the SharePoint platform in meeting the DoD 5015.2 criteria, integrating Exchange Server 2007 and extending SharePoint Server 2007’s records management capabilities with an add-on pack that will be available free to customers later this year.

“While highly regulated industries such as financial services, utilities and pharmaceuticals have always had records retention requirements, changes in government regulations, such as the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, will have an impact on companies across the board as they realize the need to implement records management to address new electronic discovery requirements,” said Kenneth Chin, research vice president at Gartner Inc. “Gartner recommends that enterprises use the DOD 5015.2 standard as a key requirement when acquiring any records management product, along with consideration of local standards.” …