SharePoint Governance is a buzzword, but why? Governanceitself is not new. SharePoint, however, is a platform for delivering business solutions. As such, SharePoint shines a spotlight on everything that’s good and bad about your business processes, project management, change management, information management policies, and IT service delivery. SharePoint forces organisations to realise that governance -from… READ MORE
What is Goverance?
Within organizations, there are a few words that can instill fear across both business and IT teams. Governance is one of those words. Let’s face it, governance is not easy to define. Part of the challenge is that governance means different things to different organizations. It can also be interpreted differently between business units within the same company.
For those not familiar with DocAve Governance Automation, AvePoint recently launched the next generation of its flagship product for automating end-to-end Microsoft SharePoint service and information management and delivered new features for site collection provisioning, site provisioning, site collection lifecycle management, and permissions management with the release Governance Automation Service Pack 1. For more information, please visit our Governance Automation product page.
During his keynote presentation at SPTechCon in February 2012, Jared Spataro, Director of SharePoint at Microsoft, announced that SharePoint 2013 was being developed using a “Cloud First” strategy. He went on to explain that as the platform reached parity with current installations, Office 365 customers could expect to have access to the benefits of new features sooner than on-premises deployments. This was a major shift for Microsoft, and for the SharePoint platform. At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto in July 2012, Kurt DelBene, President of the Microsoft Office Division, announced that Office 365 is growing faster than predicted, and is likely to eclipse SharePoint as the fastest growing Microsoft offer ever.
Central to your SharePoint governance planning activities should be understanding what is happening within your SharePoint environment. Before you organize, you need to identify the actors and key use cases of your system, assessing and prioritizing team requirements, and figuring out measurements and monitoring of current systems — and your ongoing efforts. Your governance strategy should be reviewed and updated based on changing data, and based on any risks that you identify so that you can create policies that secure and protect, but are also flexible enough to meet the growing demands of your organization to collaborate. To accomplish this, you need a plan for reporting.
Ever wonder What Governance Looks Like in the Cloud? To start, as cloud-based collaboration becomes a reality, what impact does this have on Governance plans and strategies? The pressure on businesses to optimize the productivity power of the Cloud, yet also retain a well-controlled, governed platform is considerable. In the fifth webinar in the ‘Governance Rules!’… READ MORE
Risk Management in SharePoint Governance is never static – it is a living, breathing process and a set of rules that you should live by, not die by! Your Governance strategy therefore needs to be adaptable to meet the growing, changing needs of your business. In this third webinar in the ‘Governance Rules!’ series, Christian… READ MORE
In my second webinar in the ‘Governance Rules!’ series for the European SharePoint community entitled “Why Permissions Drive Your Governance Strategy,” I focused on one of the most important aspects of the governance puzzle: clarifying plans for permissions management. If governance is about helping you to organize, optimize, and manage your systems and resources, then permissions is the vehicle through which governance is enabled. Generally speaking, when a user reports a problem with SharePoint, the first place an administrator will look is to their permissions — does the user have access to the location, and the right level of access? Similar to the popular Microsoft Windows refrain “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” is the common SharePoint question “Do you have the right permissions?”
This month we are continuing with our exclusive ‘Governance Rule’ webinar series delivered by Christian Buckley, SharePoint MVP, internationally recognised SharePoint author and speaker. Following on from “Governance Should Begin with Your Migration” we are delighted to release the second in our six part series, exclusive to our community members “Why Permissions Drive Governance Strategy”.
Understand why Permissions Drive your Governance Strategy At the core of almost every Governance problem is a permissions issue. Permissions are the single biggest risk in the platform and require proactive management. Gaining a thorough understanding of what is possible ‘out of the box’ and through scripting is an important first step, followed by how… READ MORE