SharePoint Saturday
Governance
November 21, 2013
Helux Systems
• A Microsoft Gold Partner in Collaboration and Content
• A dedicated SharePoint and Information Management
...
Clients and Partners
The Anatomy of Information Management

IM

ECM

EDRMS

The Norm

•

ECM PLUS

Information Management
Taxonomies
Metadata
C...
Why SharePoint

• To get more business value out of the organization’s
information assets
• Streamline business processes
...
Governance
• The first thing to determine is
what do you want to build?
• A Wild West ?
• A Fortress ?

• Each has a diffe...
Governance in SharePoint

• What is Governance?
• Why do we need Governance?
• Who is responsible for Governance?
What is Governance

• Governance is not easy to define
• It can mean different things to different organizations and
even ...
What is Governance
• We need Governance to guide us to our destination, it is the
compass for business solutions. The dest...
Why do we need Governance

• Governance is NOT just putting up “red tape” to deter bad
behaviour but in lighting up the ro...
People, Processes & Policies, Technology
• A properly implemented and successful Governance plan
involves people, processe...
People

• People are the most important part of any Governance Plan.
They provide the inputs to all the other parts of the...
Processes & Policies
• A business process consists of the steps it takes to achieve a
business goal where the output is ty...
Processes & Policies
• One of the primary reasons that a SharePoint project will fail is
lack of planning and lack of cons...
Processes & Policies
• In many cases, regulatory or statutory requirements are a
mandatory part of a Governance Plan – an ...
Technology

• The technology, in our case SharePoint, is important in a
Governance Plan because you must understand the
te...
The Governance Equation

• The SharePoint service is delivered and supported by three
key elements – people, processes & p...
How to Start a Governance Plan
• Create a Governance Board
• Create a Governance Plan
• Identify Business Objectives
• Pri...
How to make sure it’s working
• There are two ways to ensure that your Governance Plan is
working – manual governance or a...
Questions & Answers

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Thanks to everyone who came out to SharePoint Saturday Ottawa! It was a great event! Here is the presentation given by John Brown, CEO of Helux Systems, on Planning for Governance.

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Helux Systems - Planning for SharePoint Governance

  1. 1. SharePoint Saturday Governance November 21, 2013
  2. 2. Helux Systems • A Microsoft Gold Partner in Collaboration and Content • A dedicated SharePoint and Information Management Consulting company since 2003 • Client and partner list includes private and public-sector organizations across North America • End to end solutions including requirements analysis, metadata and classification schemas, implementation, and custom development
  3. 3. Clients and Partners
  4. 4. The Anatomy of Information Management IM ECM EDRMS The Norm • ECM PLUS Information Management Taxonomies Metadata Classification Schema Governance EDRMS PLUS Enterprise Content Management Web Content Management Digital Asset Management Computer-Aided Design Enterprise Document and Records Management Enables organizations to manage documents and records through the lifecycle of information CHAOS
  5. 5. Why SharePoint • To get more business value out of the organization’s information assets • Streamline business processes • Simplify the way people work together • Simplify IT administration, extensibility, and interoperability
  6. 6. Governance • The first thing to determine is what do you want to build? • A Wild West ? • A Fortress ? • Each has a different set of rules and processes • Each has a different set of roles and responsibilities
  7. 7. Governance in SharePoint • What is Governance? • Why do we need Governance? • Who is responsible for Governance?
  8. 8. What is Governance • Governance is not easy to define • It can mean different things to different organizations and even different things to people in the same organization • Let’s look at a couple of definitions to provide perspective • “At its core, governance provides direction or guidance on how solution or service should be used to improve the current state of an organization” • Wikipedia says that governance is meant to “assure the investments in IT generate business value and mitigate the rules that are associated with IT”
  9. 9. What is Governance • We need Governance to guide us to our destination, it is the compass for business solutions. The destination will be different for different organizations but it should always steer us towards an improved state overall as well as greater efficiency. • The Microsoft definition of Governance for SharePoint 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.” • At its core, governance provides direction or guidance on how a solution should be used to improve the current state of an organization.
  10. 10. Why do we need Governance • Governance is NOT just putting up “red tape” to deter bad behaviour but in lighting up the roadway to good behaviour. • Governance is NOT only to mitigate risks, but to improve efficiency, including establishing standards in best practice. • So, there are two goals for a proper Governance strategy and plan: • Mitigate risk – legal, regulatory, or compliance • Improve operational efficiencies and promote collaboration and best practices
  11. 11. People, Processes & Policies, Technology • A properly implemented and successful Governance plan involves people, processes & policies, and technology People Processes & Policies Technology
  12. 12. People • People are the most important part of any Governance Plan. They provide the inputs to all the other parts of the Governance Plan • The Governance Plan needs to cover all affected people, the roles they play, and the tasks they perform • Incorporating change is never easy and it is important for the designers of the Governance Plan to be sensitive to the rate of change that people can accept
  13. 13. Processes & Policies • A business process consists of the steps it takes to achieve a business goal where the output is typically a product or service • Processes can include paying invoices, on-boarding new employees, routing documents for approvals and all sorts of other mechanisms that make a business operate efficiently • The implementation of SharePoint will often retire old processes and introduce new ones as we strive to increase operational efficiency
  14. 14. Processes & Policies • One of the primary reasons that a SharePoint project will fail is lack of planning and lack of consensus on how the business will use the system and what steps people must take to achieve the stated goals of the system • Users, when left to themselves, will not simply “figure out SharePoint” • Sure, they may be capable of opening files and modifying tasks but without proper planning and training they will not optimize their use of SharePoint Users need guidance – be sure that your Governance Plan provides that guidance to ensure your solution doesn’t become a dumping ground - a file share in the browser
  15. 15. Processes & Policies • In many cases, regulatory or statutory requirements are a mandatory part of a Governance Plan – an example might be patient data in a hospital If SharePoint is responsible for safekeeping records or automating processes, we must have policies in place that are clearly spelled out • It’s also important to differentiate between Policy and Best Practices • For instance, it might be a Best Practice, but not a policy to have version control. It’s important that users understand what is a must and what is a should
  16. 16. Technology • The technology, in our case SharePoint, is important in a Governance Plan because you must understand the technology and not ask it do things it cannot do You must do Business and Technical Requirements BEFORE selecting the technology • If the technology cannot satisfy the business and information management requirements, then it should not be selected
  17. 17. The Governance Equation • The SharePoint service is delivered and supported by three key elements – people, processes & policies, and technology SharePoint Governance guides people in their processes, ensuring compliance to corporate policies . Technology acts as a facilitator and, if necessary, enforces the policies. If we focus on these 3 key elements we can create an effective SharePoint Governance Plan
  18. 18. How to Start a Governance Plan • Create a Governance Board • Create a Governance Plan • Identify Business Objectives • Prioritize and map objectives to technology solutions • Develop a technology roadmap and identify technical objectives • Provide communication, incorporate feedback and engage users • Provide tactical operation planning and coordination • Provide tactical development planning and coordination • Provide tactical support planning and coordination • Repeat and review these steps
  19. 19. How to make sure it’s working • There are two ways to ensure that your Governance Plan is working – manual governance or automatic governance. You can also have a combination (recommended) • Manual – create committees that meet regularly (3 or 4 times a year) to make sure that users are using the technology the way it was intended and to ensure that the solution is meeting business goals • Automated • SharePoint out of the box has tools for auditing and governing your sites there are a number of 3rd party tools that can be utilized • 3rd party tools designed specifically for Governance – Gimmalsoft, AvePoint, Titus and others provide tools
  20. 20. Questions & Answers ?

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