November 21, 2013
Regular readers of this blog know that I believe ‘information governance’ is simply another term for the work that Records Management professionals have performed for (quite literally) hundreds of years: efficiently managing recorded information through its complete lifecycle. So when I saw that Microsoft’s TechNet had posted an article called ‘Governance Planning in SharePoint 2013’, I was particularly intrigued.
Turns out article goes well beyond basic information governance to include whole sections on ‘IT Governance’ and ‘Application Management’, but the readers of this blog will get the most use out of the ‘Information Management and Governance in SharePoint 2013’ section.
If you are upgrading to SharePoint 2013 or planning to deploy it in the near future, reading through this new guidance will be a good use of your time.
October 25, 2013
In a recent article I posted to AIIM’s Expert blog page, I argued that any organization considering the purchase of an Information Lifecycle Management product should insist on a comprehensive demonstration by the product’s vendor detailing how the vendor successfully implements their own product internally. (Having been in this industry for a long time, I can tell you that a shockingly low number of product vendors actually eat their own dog food.) I further argued that if the product is not good enough for the vendor to use, it certainly isn’t good enough for you to buy.
Right on cue, Microsoft released this case study yesterday, describing in detail how the company – supported by our old friends at Gimmal and the folks at Iron Mountain – are leveraging native SharePoint capabilities to implement a unified records management solution that spans digital and physical records, on-premises and in the cloud, here in the US and in scores of countries across the globe.
If you ever doubted that SharePoint was capable of managing content through every phase of the information lifecycle, I highly recommend you check this compelling case study out.
October 7, 2013
Just want everyone to know that I’m winging it out to Sin City at the end of the month to attend the ARMA 2013 Conference and I’d love to talk SharePoint records and information management with anyone interested.
I’m not going to try to sell you anything, I promise. In fact, I’m more interested in learning from you. I want to hear about your real-world experiences – both good and bad – implementing SharePoint information lifecycle management solutions.
If you are attending the ARMA conference and you can spare an hour or so, please contact me through my corporate site at www.harborpointim.com.
The first cup of coffee (or, this being Vegas, tequila shot :-)) is on me.
Hope to see you there,
September 9, 2013
It’s that time of the year again when we give ourselves an annual pat on the back. This month marks our fifth year of publication and we couldn’t be more grateful. I want to thank all the contributors, commenters and support folks who have allowed us to continue to publish this long. And I particularly want to express my gratitude to our many loyal readers from every corner of the globe. A half-decade is a long time to commit to anything these days and your loyal readership is greatly appreciated.
I was recently accused by someone who claimed to be a long-time follower of this blog with being on Microsoft’s payroll and ‘paid to push Microsoft’s agenda’. (That comment can be found here.) I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that this blog has always been completely independent, written entirely by me and paid for out of my own pocket. I have never taken a cent from Microsoft (nor any other vendor) and I have no intention to do so. That policy will not change.
With a little luck – and your continued support – we will remain the number one island-themed SharePoint Records and Information Management blog on the Internet for many more years to come. I’m looking forward to it…
August 21, 2013
Just a quick note to let you know that I have posted yet another article on AIIM’s Expert Blog site discussing the DoD 5015.2 Standard. You can find it here.
I’m not really breaking new ground with this one, just trying to support my claim that the 5015.2 model of records management doesn’t work. My next post, out in a couple of weeks, will describe what I believe the replacement for the DoD Standard should look like. I’ll keep you posted on that one, as well. Cheers.
June 29, 2013
A few years ago I posted an article about an information management delivery methodology I really liked called MIKE 2.0. (You can find that post here.) My feelings about MIKE 2.0 haven’t changed and I still recommend it to many of my customers.
The team at MIKE 2.0 recently published an excellent article on Information Governance that is definitely worth your time. It’s a fairly short read, but it does an excellent job of describing the most important factors in implementing a successful Information Governance program. I’m particularly happy to see their emphasis on the importance of a comprehensive scope, one that ultimately covers both structured and unstructured content across the entire enterprise. (This is in perfect alignment with our notion of SharePoint-based Integrated Information Lifecycle Management.)
If you have a few minutes, check out their article. It’s available here. And, for extra credit, you might want to check out another related MIKE 2.0 article arguing that information is ‘the new accounting’. They make a very compelling case.
May 27, 2013
So I wrote an article on how I’ve lost my faith in the US DoD 5015.2 Records Management Application Standard. I had originally planned to post it here, but changed my mind when it became obvious that it was going to be very long (even by my own Dickensian standards).
I was also reluctant to publish it on this site because it isn’t specifically about SharePoint information lifecycle management. That reluctance quickly abated though, when it occurred to me that the DoD Standard is probably the single biggest reason so many misinformed people have so often claimed that ‘you can’t do records management in SharePoint.’
But in the end, I still thought it made sense to publish it somewhere else, and the good people at AIIM were kind enough to let me post it to their site. If you are a Records Management professional, particularly in the US market, you might find it an interesting read. You can find it here.