SharePointGovernance.org's Doors are Now Open; Let the Peer-to-Peer Sharing Begin

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The SharePointGovernance.org web site launches today, providing Fortune 5000 companies a place to go to compare what works and what doesn't when it comes to governance of SharePoint implementations. The majority of site content is provided by "Peers" - SharePoint practitioners in corporations who build or advise on solutions for their organizations and are sharing their expertise to improve and evolve the larger SharePoint community. Plus SharePoint "Gurus" (published experts and bloggers) will weigh in on peer postings and also contribute content. Community participants can now begin to share knowledge - everything from high‐level strategy, down to the tactics of deploying and managing SharePoint.

SharePointGovernance.org is a much-needed destination site for the community to share best practices in the governance area

Corridor Consulting, Inc., and Doculabs, Inc., today jointly announced the formal launch of SharePointGovernance.org, a web site for information around the governance of the Microsoft SharePoint product for enterprise content management (ECM). The not-for-profit site launched today, July 1, 2009, and serves as a free exchange for information technology (IT) professionals and end users who deal with SharePoint day in and day out, in real-world situations.

Founded by Corridor and Doculabs, the site provides an opportunity for Fortune 5000 companies to compare what works and what doesn't for the governance of SharePoint implementations. The majority of the site content is being provided by "Peers" - SharePoint practitioners in corporations who build or advise on solutions for their organizations and are willing to share their expertise to improve and evolve the larger SharePoint community. In addition, SharePoint "Gurus" (published experts and bloggers) weigh in on peer postings and contribute their own content. Community participants now have a place where they can share knowledge ranging from high-level strategy, down to the tactics of deploying and managing SharePoint.

SharePointGovernance.org addresses a wide range of topics, including information management and organization with SharePoint, SharePoint co-existence with ECM, the role of SharePoint in outsourcing, business case justification for SharePoint-related initiatives, and deploying SharePoint across the enterprise. All users - everyone from IT executives and directors, to site administrators, to users - can expect to benefit from the information and expertise made available on the site.

SharePoint has seen explosive growth in organizations around the world and is Microsoft's fastest-growing product, achieving $1 billion in sales faster than any previous Microsoft product. Because of its elegant simplicity, SharePoint has become one of the most widely deployed technologies within organizations. But managing this growth in a controlled manner requires effective controls and policies - an area in which many IT professionals have limited experience.

The site fills a key void in the industry as the first peer-to-peer exchange where the Fortune 5000 SharePoint community can find authoritative feedback on SharePoint governance questions. Says Joseph Pensiero of American Tower, "The SharePoint platform is extremely versatile, easy to use, and prime for customization, unlike many of the other legacy ECM programs that are difficult at best to change. But it's good to see a place that the SharePoint community can go to share best practices and lessons learned. I plan on using this site often to help us solve some of the challenges we may have in customizing our solution."

Karuana Gatimu of SharePointStrategist.com concurs.
"SharePointGovernance.org is a much-needed destination site for the community to share best practices in the governance area," she says. "IT professionals and Knowledge Managers can all use the opportunity to collaborate and find 'from-the-trenches' experience in wrangling SharePoint governance. I'm thrilled to be a part of that community."
To become a "Peer" and share governance artifacts, tools, or documents, go to the site, click on "Peers," then on "SPG Peer Upload Instructions," which will present login information and instructions for loading content, along with content guidelines. It will also ask you to provide profile information. (Note that your first post will be reviewed by a Guru prior to posting.)
If you'd like to serve as a "Guru," reviewing Peer-provided content and providing site content in your area of expertise, contact Corridor or Doculabs via the site at http://www.sharepointgovernance.org, or contact Laura Bayko at (781) 229-9933 ext 19 for more information.
Corridor and Doculabs have engaged a number of strategic sponsors, including EMC, Idera, K2, KnowledgeLake, Fujitsu, SchemaLogic, Concept Searching and SoftwareONE. The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) is also working jointly on the site.

About SharePointGovernance.org
The original concept for SharePointGovernance.org was conceived by Russ Edelman, founder and CEO of Corridor Consulting, Inc., a Boston-based consulting firm focusing on ECM initiatives and the use of SharePoint as an ECM platform. The site is now jointly managed by Corridor http://www.corridorconsulting.com and Doculabs, Inc. http://www.doculabs.com, a Chicago-based technology strategy consulting firm that focuses on strategic issues associated with content management and related technologies.

Contact Us:
Laura Bayko
SharePointGovernance.org
(781) 229-9933 x19
laura.bayko(at)SharePointGovernance.org

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