Thoughts on User Adoption and Governance from the SharePoint Conference 2011

Did you know that there were 22 sessions at the SharePoint Conference devoted to governance? Me either, until I started building my schedule and found that there were way more talks than I could possibly attend. I did manage to catch three of the governance sessions, one each on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and found…


Sandboxed solutions: Introducing tiers and resource points

I recently updated our documentation about sandboxed solutions to include new information about tiers and resource points. This blog post briefly describes these two new concepts, and includes links to new and updated articles that contain more information. Tiers Tiers in the sandboxed solutions service provide a way to group sandboxed solutions together, based on…

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Plan Windows PowerShell permissions

Some organizations may want tight control over who is able to run Windows PowerShell cmdlets. This post gives an overview to the permissions required to run a SharePoint 2010 Products for Windows PowerShell cmdlet or script and issues to consider before a user is granted permission by an administrator. In SharePoint Products and Technologies, the…


Book excerpt: SharePoint Development and Governance Using COBIT 4.1: A Practical Approach

This post is an effort to highlight book excerpts on a specific method for applying governance to your SharePoint Server deployment. There is also a section about preparing for SharePoint in the Cloud. The following quote, from the book  SharePoint Deployment and Governance Using COBIT 4.1: A Practical Approach by David Chenault, defines the importance…

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New governance content – white papers and check out the model!

Hi! Governance is a critical topic for SharePoint Server 2010, and I know you’ve all been waiting for us to get content out there about it. We have some progress to share from our work this summer. What’s new in governance content: Governance model – describes the three areas of governance for SharePoint Server 2010…


Microsoft IT applies COBIT control objects with Microsoft business intelligence tools

I want to follow a previous post, IT audits, COBIT, and using business intelligence in SharePoint 2010, with a scenario that shows how Microsoft’s IT department applies the Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) framework guidance to monitor and evaluate IT performance. In early 2007, Chief Information Officer (CIO) Stuart Scott charged the…

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IT audits, COBIT, and using business intelligence in SharePoint 2010

I’m in the midst of an MBA, and as part of my coursework, I’ve been reviewing IT audits that are available on the web. The following two audit reports caught my attention. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s IT audit Regional Municipality of Peel I’m particularly interested in how organizations, and their auditors, are using the Control…

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Sample governance plans: Internet and intranet presence deployments

We recently published the following sample governance plans: Sample governance plan (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=163922) for an intranet portal deployment based on Office SharePoint 2007. The plan, written by Joel Oleson with contributors John Ross, Jennifer Mason, and Paul Culmsee, can help you identify key considerations for planning this scenario. Sample governance plan (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=162416) for a SharePoint Internet presence deployment based…

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What's your governance plan?

Governance is the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that you establish in your enterprise to guide, direct, and control the use of technologies to accomplish business goals.    Two fundamental areas within SharePoint require governance: The IT services that host Office SharePoint Server 2007, and the information management and architecture for your portals…