SysKit SPDocKit fills a need no other product can.
May 19, 2020

SysKit SPDocKit fills a need no other product can.

Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SysKit

SysKit is actually the name of the company, not a product. Formerly Acceleratio, I've used and evaluated SysKit products throughout years for a variety of purposes. In my organization specifically, I use SPDocKit the most often in my line of work. SPDocKit is an excellent tool for documenting SharePoint farm configurations and settings, both for informational purposes as well as more formal D&R preparedness needs. I've been using the product since it was first offered years ago, and there is no other product that does what it does as well as it does on the market currently.
  • Discovery. When trying to learn the ins and outs of an unfamiliar SharePoint farm configuration, SPDocKit creates a complete and accurate picture.
  • Documentation. Documenting farm configurations manually is a very time and labor intensive process, so I turn to SPDocKit to automate the process for me.
  • Change Tracking. SPDocKit can take a series of farm snapshots over time, and it can highlight and track differences in configuration and settings from snapshot to snapshot.
  • Cloud Readiness. Unfortunately, SPDocKit cannot run against SharePoint Online (SPO) environments due to its reliance on server APIs that aren't exposed in the cloud.
  • Variations. SPDocKit exists in a number of forms for licensing purposes, and not all versions are equivalent. It's sometimes difficult to know what version of the product houses the feature that I want to use, as well as whether or not I'm licensed for it.
  • The product cost may appear large, but when you compare the cost and reuse of the product to what it would cost in time and effort to carry out its functions manually, the cost is truly a drop in the bucket.
  • Since I operate as a consultant, I consider the SysKit SPDocKit tool essential to the work I do. It allows me to go into new environments, generate a farm report, and use that report as something I provide to the client - as well as for my own purposes.
I am unaware of any other product on the market that does what SysKit SPDocKit does. SPDocKit has certainly been doing it the longest, and it offers a unique value proposition and set of capabilities.

Do you think SysKit SPDocKit delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with SysKit SPDocKit's feature set?

Yes

Did SysKit SPDocKit live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of SysKit SPDocKit go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy SysKit SPDocKit again?

Yes

The product is second to none in providing an accurate and detailed view of a SharePoint farm, its composition, and its configuration. It is an essential tool for discovery purposes, and it should be used anytime business continuity and disaster recover plans/documentations are being prepared.

Since SharePoint doesn't include a "farm clone" method, SPDocKit provides the next best thing in attempts to replicate configuration. It can also be used as a Q&A checkpoint through the use of farm snapshots to highlight differences that exist between two or more environments.

SysKit Support

SysKit support is second to none. On occasions where I've had questions about any aspect of SPDocKit, I've reached out to SysKit through available channels and usually gotten back a detailed and helpful answer within 24 hours of my request submission. They're also very friendly and supply more information that may be related to my inquiry or problem. I never feel like customer support is an afterthought with SysKit.