There are thousands of tools that support Microsoft 365 migrations, administration, governance, communication, custom application development and collaboration workloads.
This article provides a classification system for these tools that we use in scoping each article in our Every Microsoft 365 Tool in Existence Series of articles, an ambitious undertaking to catalog, detail and compare every Microsoft 365 3rd-party tool in existence.
Each article in this series will refer the reader back to this article to provide context for the reader and for the reader to understand why a certain tool that may be of interest is not in a specific article. Whatever the tool, chances are that it will be covered in one of our other articles.
|Article Title||Criteria for Tool to be Included in Article||Status|
|Governance Automation in Microsoft 365 2021||Required: SharePoint and Teams workspace self-provisioning to end-users and allow for an approval process.|
Other Notable Features: Workspace owner attestation processes – master workspace directory – provisioning of M365 Groups, Planner, and Yammer – Enhanced permissions and audit management.
Does not Include: Administration-only tools.
|Every Microsoft 365 Migration Tool in Existence – 2021||Required: Ability to migrate documents from multiple source systems to SharePoint|
Other Notable Features: Migration to Teams and Planner – pre-migration analysis, dynamic classification, permission and structure migrations, delta migrations, etc.
Does not include: Exchange migration tools.
|Every Microsoft Teams App in Existence – 2021||Required: Must be an app that can be added to Microsoft Teams||Coming 2021|
|Every Microsoft 365 Administration tool in existence – 2021||Required: Ability to manage permissions in SharePoint.|
Other Notable Features: Manage permissions for M365 Groups, Teams, Planner, Yammer – Create sites, libraries, Teams – remove orphaned users – identify unused workspaces – identify stale guest accounts, etc.
|Every Microsoft 365 Classification / Labeling / Metadata tool in existence – 2021||Required: Must support pattern-based classification and labeling of workspaces.||Coming 2021|
|Every Microsoft 365 Workflow tool in existence – 2021||Required: Must support workflow orchestration on the Microsoft 365 platform||Coming 2021|
|Every User Interface Component for the SharePoint Modern UI – 2021||Required: Must be a user interface component that is compatible with the SharePoint Modern UI||Coming 2021|
|A Complete Inventory of Microsoft 365 Identity Management Tools||Required: Must support identity management on the Microsoft 365 platform||Coming 2021|
|A Complete Inventory of Microsoft 365 Licensing Management Tools||Required: Must support licensing management on the Microsoft 365 platform||Coming 2021|