IntranetFactory Tool

by David Palfery 22. July 2011 14:46

I was asked to lend a hand on a SharePoint project that was at the phase of starting over on the Information Architecture. I had seen advertisement for this tool and thought I would give it a try, well have someone else give it a try. My ECM/BA guy gave me a call two hours later on fire about this thing. It is everything Balsamiq is to the mainstream programing but for SharePoint. My BA guy spent three weeks working with the customer getting the site planed out in the mockups including pages and webparts on those pages. The customers loved it and forgot about what color the button was.

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After my BA was done I noticed that they had a tool you could install on the server to generate the sites based on the Mockups. I was a bit skeptical so I snap shoted my development VM  and installed the tool, create a new web application and site collection and ran the the tool. Twenty minutes later I had the actual intranet with sample data and permissions built. Done, Amazing, Awesome.

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The free version only creates 10 pages, the for pay version for enterprise is about $1000.00 but that is only one days work for most SharePoint consultants and this will save that times 10.

Link to the pricing and the tool http://intranetfactory.com/Products/63-sharepoint-factory.aspx

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David offers over 9 years of experience designing and developing enterprise ASP.NET applications. With proven leadership capabilities improving business automation, David has a strong passion for developing leading edge applications with the latest technology to save money, increase quality, and deliver value. David’s experience on the .NET platform includes SharePoint 2007 and 2010, VB.NET, C#.NET and ASP.NET. In addition to his skills in application development, David has also prototyped a number of rich interactive applications in Silverlight for internal and external use. His experience with both design and development makes him a great fit to any team working on the Microsoft platform.

David is also a frequent speaker at local user group meetings on topics of SharePoint, ASP.Net, AJAX, and Silverlight. David has started a local Special Interest Group for Silverlight and SharPoint in the Milwaukee area.