Building a House for Information Governance
I’ve noticed that from an unstructured and semi-structured perspective that many SharePoint organizations don’t really see the big picture of Information Governance. But they sure know it from the tactical level. Approaching information governance from an unstructured content perspective is a tough sell internally and an enormous project. Why touch it? Is it really broken? But the key business driver is can we trust our content? If the answer is no – then you do have a problem. A very real business problem.
Based on our feedback from a current survey being conducted, most SharePoint environments aren’t doing information governance in regards to content. However, they all recognize that data security, compliance, records management, even search are critical pain points they are facing. All of which form the bricks of information governance.
You wouldn’t build a house and decide there won’t be any heat, or electricity, or windows. You want to build a structure that will last; that is secure; that passes building code; and is livable. To accomplish this you will need input from a variety of stakeholders all with their own rules to agree to the structure. You will need a team of experts to build the system, and you will need to ensure buy-in from the business users who will be living in the system.
It’s time we step away from building certain pieces of the house and start from the ground up to build a house that will last. What do you think?