Implementing Compliance and Governance with SharePoint

Implementing Compliance and Governance with SharePoint

Over the years I've seen some pretty bad SharePoint implementations. Some was the fault of the consulting company, some was the fault of the organization. Each of the implementations had the following in common: Unrealistic Goals and Requirements (too much, too soon) Limited Budget Jack of All Trades , Master of None Consultants Lack of Corporate Involvement Lack of Corporate Communication and Adoption Undefined Governance Plan and Strategy In "Implementing Compliance and Governance with SharePoint" I discuss how to take SharePoint serious as an organization and design a governance plan that is aligned…Read more …
Thinking About Using Chrome As Your Default Browser, Think Again

Thinking About Using Chrome As Your Default Browser, Think Again

It has never been a secret, Microsoft does not like you using any other browser, but Internet Explore for their applications. Applications like Office 365, SharePoint, Dynamics and the now discontinued  InfoPath forms rely heavily on your web browser and Microsoft has always taken the stance it can not guarantee  the performance of its applications if you are using unsupported browsers such as Chrome.  On last checked Chrome has surpassed Internet Explore in market share.  Microsoft is not giving up without a fight. While logging into Office 365 this morning I received the…Read more …
Can you store 21 CFR Part 11 documents in SharePoint 2013

Can you store 21 CFR Part 11 documents in SharePoint 2013

Short answer: Yes Let me make sure everyone understands what 21 CFR Part 11 means: 21 CFR Part 11 was created as a response to paper documents and the archiving of paper documents. It was later amended to respond to the many records management systems that popped up on the market for the Pham vertical market. Systems on the market at the time where simply a database and a web or desktop front end and allowed for unauthorized users to change records without any type of audit controls. The systems were sometimes just File Maker…Read more …
A Few Reasons Why SharePoint 2013 Needs Governance

A Few Reasons Why SharePoint 2013 Needs Governance

Whether it’s SharePoint 2013 or any other content management platform, the necessity for and the approach to governance is the same. Given its technology neutral status in the realm of website and intranet evolution planning and governance is largely applicable to any technology platform and as such is generic to start. While generic in nature, there are some components of SharePoint 2013 that require specific consideration. SharePoint 2013 brings a more complex model than its predecessors. In SharePoint 2010, for instance, there was not a deep integration with social integration or the ability…Read more …

Microsoft Office 365 email encryption is coming

I've always felt Office 365 was lacking a few features. A big one is a set of security tools built into Office 365. Office 365 administrators and security professionals should have the same set of  resources available in on-Premise Exchange and Outlook.  Microsoft posted on their blog last Friday that Office 365 Message Encryption will be released in November. Here are some of its main features: Send encrypted email messages to anyone, regardless of the recipient's email address. Provide strong, automated encryption with a cost-effective infrastructure. Eliminate the need for certificates and use…Read more …
How to get more likes on Facebook, By The Oatmeal

How to get more likes on Facebook, By The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal gives a step by step "How-to" on getting more likes on Facebook. This advice applies to life in general. Good things will come your way, don't force it.                 100% Credit to: The Oatmeal Matthew Inman P.S. RSVP for his Fall Book Tour Here  Read more …
How To Protect Your Company From Data Breaches With SharePoint 2013

How To Protect Your Company From Data Breaches With SharePoint 2013

The list of companies that has had a data breach in the last year is pretty long. The data breeches we hear about normally have something to do with POS (point of sale) or a web site. Information is Beautiful showcases all the companies that have had a data breach in the last 10 years. Data breaches we don't hear about are the ones that happen every day by internal users passing PI (personal information) back and forth via e-mail or storing this information in SharePoint without a proper policy and/or security guards…Read more …
Top Nine Skills Every Good SharePoint Consultant Should Have

Top Nine Skills Every Good SharePoint Consultant Should Have

Lately everyone is a SharePoint consultant. Choose Wisely. Not all SharePoint consultants are the same. Depending on their background they may not be the right fit for your organization or your next project. Here are nine skills to look for when you’re hiring a SharePoint consultant. 1. They have worked in a least 3 SharePoint Roles and a few non-SharePoint Roles SharePoint is massive and at the end of the day it’s made up of Windows Server, IIS, and SQL Server. A SharePoint consultant should be able understand what’s under the hood and…Read more …

What Exactly Is SharePoint

And How SharePoint Should Be Used In Your Organization I’ll start with what SharePoint is NOT. SharePoint is not a file management system I see it time and time again. A company spends millions on SharePoint licenses, SharePoint resources, internal marketing, and tons of meetings with departments of how SharePoint will change their organization. Then when the day comes to launch SharePoint they instruct users to “go ahead and load your documents into SharePoint. It's going to be your new file management system”. It’s like delivering pizza in a Aston Martin. Of course…Read more …
Delivering The Best SharePoint Training

Delivering The Best SharePoint Training

For Any Company Thinking About SharePoint Training Launched for the first time in 2001, SharePoint finds itself in an interesting place in enterprise software applications. It preceded the current wave of document, content and records management widely used in the present corporate environments. While there can be no denying that SharePoint offers a variety of latest features, there are many users who still look at it as a legacy tool considering that many applications have been released recently. It is a fact that almost 80% of the fortune 500 companies use SharePoint to…Read more …