In a webinar entitled ‘Business Drivers and Checklists for Successful
SharePoint Governance', Randy Williams, SharePoint MVP and AvePoint
Enterprise Trainer & Evangelist, and I discussed the business drivers that
come from individuals outside the IT department for SharePoint as a service
within an organization. These drivers often result in policies being defined
to set the expectation with the business and to focus alignment with the IT
Over a series of posts, I will focus on horror stories, from some of our
8,000+ customers we have here at AvePoint, which provided the genesis for
these business drivers. The intention of this series is to proactively help
your organization understand what "could happen" and what the business
drivers are to help you structure your organization's governance system. I'm
fortunate enough to get to meet a lot of our custome... (more)
In this post, I will cover adoption - one of the key things to be aware of
when you're aiming for high adoption levels is that without focus on the
aforementioned requirements, adoption will be low. I've been writing these in
order for a reason - in order to drive high adoption levels, you must be able
to address the other seven business drivers first.
Adoption is one of the key ways to measure the return on investment, and
overall success, for SharePoint as a service within an organization. What do
we mean by SharePoint adoption? Different organizations measure adoption in
If you've missed any previous part of this blog series, you can read them
When people think of "compliance" from a Microsoft SharePoint perspective, it
can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Every organization
will have different considerations for compliance: Essentially, which
regulations they need to comply with according to their specific industry
vertical, including HIPAA/HITECH, DOD 5015, Section 508 and WCAG 1.0 and 2.0.
There are two main drivers for compliance I see in organizations for
SharePoint, due to the risk of non-compliance and subsequent l... (more)
If you missed any previous part of this series, you can read them here.
In the series so far, we've talked about how accountability, quality,
appropriateness and restrictions have all been key drivers for why we need to
focus on governance for Microsoft SharePoint within our organizations.
To continue this series, I want to focus on another key area called
Discoverability. What does this term mean? It is the quality of the content
being discoverable (able to find information) within SharePoint.
Unfortunately, this also happens to be one of the biggest pains within
organizations t... (more)
*If you missed part one of this series, you can read it here.
So far in this series, we've looked at business requirements that drive
governance - including accountability, quality, appropriateness,
restrictions, discoverability, and compliance. In this article, I wanted to
touch on how training requirements - and lack of them - can affect governance
In my travels, I speak with many large enterprise customers who often spill
the beans on the issues they are having with relation to SharePoint. One of
the biggest things I encourage is to get details on their plans a... (more)