Hi. I’m Rob Silver – one of the writers covering SharePoint Products and Technologies for the IT pro audience at Microsoft. I’m excited to announce two new articles that we are publishing this week. They are both related to SharePoint governance. Governance is the set of roles, responsibilities, and processes that you put in place in an enterprise to guide the development, adoption, and use of a solution based on SharePoint Products and Technologies. We know that this is an area of concern for our IT audiences and we will continue adding content to enhance our coverage of SharePoint governance.

 

Here are the articles we are publishing this week:

·         Increasing SharePoint engagement (white paper): SharePoint MVP Robert Bogue has written many popular white papers. His new paper defines the problem of increasing Office SharePoint Server 2007 engagement in an organization, identifies typical engagement-blockers, and suggests strategies to increase engagement at the team, departmental, and enterprise levels.  

·         Sample code acceptance checklist for IT organizations: The ability to customize sites by adding custom solutions gives Office SharePoint Server 2007 power and flexibility. However, a poorly designed or implemented executable module that runs in a SharePoint farm can do harm even beyond the scope of the Web application for which it was intended. To help you ensure that the solutions that you deploy provide the intended benefits without exposing the enterprise to unnecessary risk, you can require developers to submit a checklist to verify that their solutions have been coded and tested according to best practices. Use this sample code acceptance checklist as a starting point for your own checklist to help verify the quality of solutions that are submitted for deployment.

 

I hope you find both these articles useful as you work out your approach to governing SharePoint and increasing SharePoint engagement. If you are interested in governance, be sure to visit our Governance Resource Center for more governance articles and tools.

 

Thanks,
Rob