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November 2008

Balancing SharePoint governance

Joel Oleson Think of SharePoint Server as plastic. If you have a vision for what you want SharePoint to become and you carefully define that mold based on features in the product, then you can mold SharePoint into virtually anything you want. But what happens if you don't have a mold? It turns into goo. Think of SharePoint service models as the molds. IT shops have turned to service models to give SharePoint consistency and standards. Service models work hand in hand with governance to shape each SharePoint deployment into a unique installation that meets business needs. And what happens if you have no service models for SharePoint or rules for IT governance in place? You will likely experience "SharePoint anarchy." The problem lies with those who underestimate the power of a SharePoint deployment and its influence on an organization. They plan their entire deployment as if it's another one of those wizard-based click, click, next, next and finish. There are many systems integrators there to help, but a lot of times IT shops ...

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