As part of Business Value Month we were given this whitepaper by AvePoint . AvePoint are Silver Exhibitors and Expo drinks sponsor’s for the European SharePoint Conference 2013.
Are you thinking about deploying SharePoint in your organization? You won’t have to do much research before you come across the big “G” word – governance. Just the word itself is somewhat imposing and definitions for it will vary. In fact, if you ask three different experts what governance means, you’re likely to get four different answers. And while I have yet to find that one, perfect definition of governance, I can accept this one from Microsoft: “Governance is the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that guides, directs, and controls how an organization’s business divisions and IT teams cooperate to achieve business goals.” In short, it is a “how to” guide.
Why do we need governance? Because we want to ensure (or even better, assure) that the IT solution achieves the business goals. With complex systems like SharePoint, users need help. Users need guidance on what they can do and how they do it. Trust me, they aren’t going to just “figure it out.” You may also have content that must comply with legal regulations such as HIPAA or Sarbanes Oxley-without a governance plan, you may be in legal jeopardy.
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