Governance Planning for SharePoint 2010: What's New?

SharePoint 2010 Governance Planning Guidelines and Recommendations

Have you been wondering what new aspects of governance you need to think about for SharePoint 2010?  Well, I have, and I'm delighted to be able to post this link to a preview of the Planning for Governance chapter of Essential SharePoint 2010: Overview, Governance and Planning.

Here are a few things you'll need to add to your planning agenda as you think about governance issues for SharePoint 2010:

Governance planning is even more important in SharePoint 2010 because the increased emphasis and availability of social computing features means there are more types of content to govern.

SharePoint 2010 offers users a far more participatory role in the solution information architecture through the use of social data such as tags, bookmarks, and ratings. Users need to understand and internalize the value proposition for leveraging these features. Solution designers will likely need to provide both guidance and encouragement for their use. (I also wrote the "Getting Social" chapter of the book and there is some additional governance guidance regarding the use of SharePoint 2010's social computing features in that chapter.  You'll have to buy the book to learn more or come see me at an upcoming conference.) 

SharePoint 2010 introduces new capabilities for sharing metadata across multiple site collections, and even server farms, which require planning and control in order to leverage. In addition, a new role is required to manage and maintain the dictionary of shared metadata.

SharePoint 2010 includes new and more user-friendly records management capabilities, including the ability to declare a record "in place." While many organizations had records management plans and policies for their MOSS 2007 implementations, enforcing and acting on these plans was not consistent. The new records management capabilities introduce an opportunity to create and enforce your records management plan.

SharePoint 2010 offers many more opportunities for users to customize their sites with easy-to-apply themes, SharePoint Designer, and the opportunity to create Sandbox Solutions. Your Governance Plan now needs to include decisions regarding how, where, and when to allow configuration using these expanded capabilities.

Want to learn more? Please come to my presentation about SharePoint 2010 governance at The Experts Conference TEC 2010 on April 27, 2010 in L.A.  As a speaker, I can offer my readers a discount of $500 off the price at $1345. Simply add the code FOSSH to get the discount.  I'll also be at the SharePoint Summit in Montreal on April 14.

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