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GRC Business Considerations for SharePoint

There comes a time in every business where management thinks … I wish we would have thought about that before. Usually this happens just after a Discovery Request shows up on the doorstep. Not to worry. All is not lost. Sure, it would be great if some forethought and...

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Governance, Reporting and Compliance Considerations as SharePoint Becomes More Social

As organizations increasingly look toward social technologies to improve the user experience within enterprise collaboration management (ECM) platforms, we need to not forgot one of the primary reasons we have these ECM platforms in the first place: their document-centric capabilities with role...

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Social Media Governance: The Policy Part 1

And those that do often have draconian policies that simply pick up where policies on other types of information leave off without taking into consideration certain unique aspects of social media

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Security Governance Best Practices for SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 | SharePoint Online

There are a wide range of laws, compliance regulations , and related security considerations that you must be aware of to avoid compliance violations, fines, sanctions and any possible reputation impacts that your company could entail in facing these issues. The following are high-level examples of security considerations and corresponding scenario implications: Intellectual Property New product release information, loss of competitive advantage, loss of marketing message or related efforts Public Health Health records, insurance fraud, etc

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SharePoint Decision Guide - Part 2 - A Best Practices Roadmap and Organizational Strategy

As detailed in the first installation of this white paper, there are major considerations that must be vetted by both the business and technology sides of the company and the review of content or intellectual properly and even governing laws at a state, province, or even country level. There are also considerations around business intelligence and the organization’s requirements to connect to other line of business (LOB) systems and how the cloud or hybrid may affect or work with this “other” data and related permission strategies

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SharePoint 2013 BYOD Best Practices

It was key to walk through the Responsive Design considerations with the stakeholders of possible future phases and future mobility needs as there was a custom branding and user interface (UI) design that their marketing department was having us implement in phase 1. The design was very appealing and looked great but it was important to help both I.T. and the business understand that the “look and feel” that is implemented should follow Response Web Design (RWD) but also take into consideration the “Device Channels” or ways the users within their company will access SharePoint long-term so that this branding would be compatible in future phases

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Understanding On-Premises, Cloud, & Hybrid Environments in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

There are several factors that influence an organization’s decision regarding which architecture (that is, on-premises private cloud, public cloud, or hybrid cloud) they are going to design and implement for their short-term and long-term SharePoint roadmap needs, such as these: • The overall size of the organization and user base • Security issues • Legal and compliance issues • Any project or deployment time constraints • Complexity of customers’ current environment • Physical locations • Current identity infrastructure • Current IT infrastructure model and future IT roadmap • Network bandwidth issues • Software/hardware issues • Any vendor service level agreement (SLA) • High-availability/backup issues • Internal resource issues and related training • Support alignment • Service reporting • Standards adoption and management • Development alignment • Infrastructure alignment • Development platform management • Governance User issues Management and tools Development standards creation Information architecture and search Business requirements Infrastructure guidance When you are taking complex environments into consideration, there are also items such as these: • Multitenancy (Office 365 issues when a user goes outside of IT to create a new “environment”) • Multiple farms • Security (FBA, SAML claims, extranets) • Global clients with PHI, PII, Safe Harbor, intellectual property, EU pushback, or NSA concerns due to recent news It is key to also look at your current operations and how well your organization will be able to adapt to change

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