As we all know, more and more organizations are starting to question “Do we or do we not implement Office 365?”. However, as these discussions are taking place; governance is rarely addressed or considered. The main reason is that the majority believe that once they have implemented governance that they are done; unless there is an update such as a server name change or an employee change (such as a departure or addition). During the initial planning around governance it is likely that there were discussions around auditing of the governance document and potential quarterly reviews to ensure that the document is up to date and still fits the business. However, it is common to forget that after that fact; even though it is documented “within the governance document”.
Governance becomes even more important with Office 365 because it’s all cloud based. This means all of the content, backup, recovery, etc. are all handled by Microsoft and you have virtually no control over it. In this session we will review the areas of concern and how they can be addressed within the governance document, the importance of reviewing the document frequently; and ways to make the information available to your internal SharePoint Community. In addition, we will review the features of Office 365 that will have a major impact on Exchange, SharePoint, Office Apps and Lync. We will review each of these applications and the areas of importance that should be addressed in the governance document, as well as why each of them are important.