Understanding SharePoint Governance Perceptions
As organizations grapple with SharePoint scope, scaling, and administration, many are beginning to recognize the value of spending more time planning out new deployments, and retroactively implementing governance principles across their existing environments. The fact that everyone is talking about governance these days is an indication of where SharePoint is in its lifecycle -- it is being broadly adopted and deployed, and while the features and solutions are highly compelling, teams are realizing that proper planning and ongoing governance are critical to its long-term success.
Governance is a set of defined roles, responsibilities, policies, and procedures that will help your company to proactively manage your information technology resources in a way that maximizes business value. Within SharePoint, these governance policies will help guide and inform your initial environment design, your information architecture, and of course roles and responsibilities.
Many companies struggle with implementing sound SharePoint governance policies because of disconnects between IT and business users over ownership and accountability of these activities. Perceptions over the state of governance activities may differ wildly -- from defining governance roles and responsibilities, to the strategic value of strong SharePoint oversight and management to the business. Many of these fundamentals are not included by business users in their SharePoint plans, as it is historically more of an IT activity. And IT teams often fail to correlate governance issues between server and system management with what is happening inside SharePoint, which is often owned by the business users. As a result, support costs can go up, and end user satisfaction -- and user adoption -- can go down.
What are your perceptions of where your company fits into this spectrum? Do you have a plan in place today? Is governance a major initiative for 2012? We'd like to know your experience.
Axceler is launching a new initiative this year to study different aspects of the SharePoint governance experience, beginning with a short survey (12 questions) to track perceptions on how SharePoint is viewed, and whether your organization is proactively managing the governance gap.
Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey, and to share your thoughts. In addition to receiving a copy of the survey results, by participating you'll also be eligible to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards (winners to be announced April 2nd).