SharePoint Governance Workshop

July 10, 2009 at 7:12 am | Posted in BurtonGroupCatalyst09, Governance, Microsoft SharePoint | 4 Comments

Our Catalyst conference in San Diego is just over two weeks away now and I’m looking forward to this annual gathering of my co-workers at Burton Group, clients, vendors, industry luminaries, and users of technology.  Guy Creese and I will be giving our one day, advanced SharePoint workshop there (Tuesday, July 28, 2009) and there are still some slots open (it sold out when we gave this workshop in Scottsdale last year).  This is the first time it’s been offered at Catalyst North America and is separate material (only about 10 minutes of overlap) from the “Understanding Microsoft SharePoint v3/2007 in Context” workshop that we still offer as a private onsite workshop. 

Governance is the largest section of the workshop, but I also want to point out the “SharePoint as an enterprise solution” section which applies an ITIL v3 model to SharePoint to structure our advice on offering SharePoint as a service rather than just dumping raw infrastructure on your users and divisional IT departments.

See the Catalyst website for more details.

SharePoint 2007: The Current Governance Nightmare—and Will It Get Better?

Craig Roth, and Guy Creese

SharePoint 2007 has been a runaway success, offering Office-centricity and ease-of-use to workers interested in storing and sharing information. However, its ease-of-use is also a snare and a delusion, in many cases fostering uncontrolled proliferation of thousands of SharePoint sites that have different navigation, taxonomy, and security models.

This workshop addresses SharePoint infrastructure planning and governance issues as well as the future of SharePoint with these modules:

  • SharePoint as an enterprise solution
  • SharePoint governance
  • SharePoint security
  • Deployment pre-work
  • Adoption of SharePoint in the enterprise
  • The future of SharePoint and a glimpse at Office 14

This just in: All attendees to the workshop will receive a free poster on “Creating a SharePoint Statement of Governance” that provides a handy reference to the section-by-section walkthrough I’ll be doing on how to create a SharePoint SOG.  This handsome poster is about 2.5 by 3.5 feet, full color, on thick paper:

SP governacne poster

Note: This is a cross-posting from the Collaboration and Content Strategies blog.


Second Life Articles Take One Step Towards Reality

May 11, 2009 at 8:54 am | Posted in BurtonGroupCatalyst09, virtual worlds | 1 Comment

Back in 2007 I wrote A Guide to Writing About Second Life, a tongue-in-cheek how-to guide to lazy journalists that want to write a story about Second Life based on my experience of reading way too many articles of this type and their lack of depth.  It offered a few choices, such as how to write “the positive, glowing update”, followed by “the negative, cynical slam”, and maybe “the deep thought piece” to get philosophical about it. My point was that the mass media seemed to follow each other like a herd, veering toward glowing tributes first, then all getting cynical next.  And they all use pretty much the same list of talking points, that are both true simultaneously if one were to write a more balanced piece (why don’t they?). 

Now I see the third iteration: the “c’mon, it’s not that bad, let’s be reasonable” story in Information Week.  The story is called “Rumors Of Second Life’s Failure Are Just Lousy Journalism“.  He’s right that journalism here has been lazy and many of the slams were overstated.  There’s good and bad to say about Second Life, like anything else.  I am working now on a short document to give a quick view into where we see Enterprise Virtual Worlds and their potential value.  I’ll try to jump past the one-sided views and get right to a more moderated view of pros and cons and where I’ve seen real business value today.

This is especially timely as we are in contact with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to speak at our Catalyst conference about their use of Second Life.  Here’s the presentation abstract:

Virtual Worlds for Inspiration, Innovation, and Participation
Charles White, Senior System Designer and Lead for Virtual Worlds for Engineering and Science, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has used simulator worlds as training environments for many years, but now virtual worlds offer new opportunities to interact with the public, and offers a new canvas to visualize real scientific data. Explorer Island in Second Life is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s entry into virtual space. Charles White (Aka: Jet Burns) shares observations and lessons learned from over the virtual horizon.

I hope to see you there!

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