The year was 2007, and there were some big problems in life that needed to be solved. Microsoft had launched something called ‘The Business Data Catalog’, but hadn’t provided a way in which you could easily make it work.
Two great minds got together and BDC Meta Man was born which evolved into the beautiful BCS Meta Man that we have today helping you to connect SharePoint to all kinds of crazy external data sources in just minutes.
Imagine life back then, when you couldn’t roll up SharePoint lists from multiple site collections!!! Yes, that couldn’t happen back then! Until Lightning Tools came to the rescue once more with the Lightning Conductor web part. The Lightning Conductor web part has transformed the lives of many SharePoint users who can now roll up all kind of SharePoint lists and make them look really pretty.
We even managed the impossible!!! Yep, we developed a SharePoint Online version of the same product as a SharePoint Add-In. Since then, we have gone on to provide cool data visualization products. Yup, 3D and 2D charts that users can actually build, and we rescued everyone once SharePoint Designer dropped the design view.
With the Lightning Data Viewer, you can once again connect to data and lists and make it look rather nice on your SharePoint page be it SharePoint On-Premises or SharePoint Online. We’ve even built this tool under the SharePoint Framework SPFx.
We’ve rescued hundreds of customers from the SharePoint Discussion List with a proper (British built) Enterprise Discussion forum tool called Social Squared.
And finally…. When you thought that your users would never have a clue as to who can really view their SharePoint content, we gave you DeliverPoint. The awesome product that reports accurately on permissions and allows you (the user with Full Control) to make changes like actually remove permissions when your colleague leaves the company. We are the saviours of SharePoint. Check us out at: www.lightningtools.com
Brett Lonsdale (Co-founder and owner of Lightning Tools) chose to specialize in Microsoft SharePoint when SharePoint 2003 was first launched. Brett has successfully established a Microsoft SharePoint training company, authored two Microsoft SharePoint books and contributing to many more, spoken about Microsoft SharePoint around the world, and is a host on the SharePoint Pod Show.
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