SharePoint Governance

A new AIIM study on SharePoint takeup has recently been published. This report builds on their survey of a year ago. Barb Mosher, writing about the AIIM report on CMS, draws this conclusion from the two surveys:

“SharePoint 2007 will be in use for a while to come, and SharePoint 2010 will likely see even more uptake by organizations for a number of reasons. The problems related to SharePoint, whether it’s 2007 or 2010, are not going to change. Not because of the platform itself, but because the strategy, planning and governance that are required to implement it are still not being taken seriously.

What will we see in surveys run next year? The way it looks now, nothing that different than this year or the year before.”

And that tends to be the story where project level governance is concerned: those organisations that plan ahead, that put in place methods for dealing with the wide range of SharePoint issues – from ghost sites through to backup failures – will usually end up with robust, effective and useful SharePoint services. Effective SharePoint governance really can be the difference between success and failure – both short and long term – with a SharePoint deployment. For this reason, Microsoft publish guidance on SharePoint Governance, and our own SharePoint Governance Toolkit helps with MOSS implementations.