SharePoint and the China Syndrome

By Bob Larrivee posted 01-27-2011 13:51


The China Syndrome is a hypothetical scenario, portrayed in the 1979 movie titled the China Syndrome, where an extreme nuclear meltdown occurs within a reactor and the molten core breaches the container melting its way through the crust and core of the earth. What does that have to do with SharePoint? It depends.

I have had many discussions recently with folks who tell me there has been a mandate within their organizations for SharePoint use across the enterprise. The message is released at the top and flows through the organization until it reaches the department and user levels. Is this a bad thing? No. If it is planned for and monitored properly, SharePoint can be a useful and beneficial enhancement to the organization but like we saw in the movie, there has to be governance and controls put in place so you do not experience a meltdown. The last thing you want is chaos as a result of SharePoint.

In my view, what these folks were concerned with is a China syndrome like scenario where SharePoint is released and chaos results due to a lack of focus and governance. Begin by understanding the purpose of SharePoint for your organization. Identify how it will be used and how it will fit into and interact with other information resources. Establish guiding principles around the use of team sites. Who is responsible for them and what happens when the project ends. Who is responsible for closing it down and what happens to the information contained in the site? Where will it be placed in the repository for others to leverage? If you are not sure where to begin or what to do next, seek professional assistance and/or training to get you started.

 What say you? Do you have a story to tell? What are your thoughts on this topic? What is on your mind? Do you have a topic of interest you would like discussed in this forum? Let me know.


Bob Larrivee, Director and Industry Advisor – AIIM

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