Updated: September 17, 2009
Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007
Governance is the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that you establish in your enterprise to guide, direct, and control how it uses technologies to accomplish business goals. Deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in your enterprise provides rich new capabilities such as online collaboration, document management, business intelligence, and Web publishing. To strike the right balance between the needs of the users of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the IT professionals who deploy and operate it, we recommend that you form a governing body that includes representatives of all stakeholders in the Office SharePoint Server deployment. This body can then create and enforce rules that govern the use of Office SharePoint Server in the enterprise.
The articles in this chapter can help you determine the aspects of your Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment to govern and include discussions of governance techniques. The articles include:
Defines governance and introduces two key areas to govern: the IT services that host Office SharePoint Server 2007, and the information architecture used in your portals and other Office SharePoint Server sites.
Describes typical elements of an IT service that hosts Office SharePoint Server 2007, suggests key success factors in governing an Office SharePoint Server service, and provides an example of a three-tiered service.
Introduces the concept of information architecture, recommends how to govern information architecture, and presents a case study illustrating the benefit of effective information architecture to promote collaboration across an enterprise.
Reviews a set of Office SharePoint Server 2007 features that your organization can use to help govern your Office SharePoint Server service or your enterprise’s information architecture.
Provides a sample code acceptance checklist to help you ensure that the solutions that you deploy provide the intended benefits without exposing your enterprise to unnecessary risk. Use this list as a starting point for your own checklist to verify the quality of solutions that are submitted for deployment. Along with providing a check after a solution has been developed, your code acceptance checklist can make a good training tool.
The content in these topics is also available as a printable guide. To download the guide, see Downloadable book: Governance guide for Office SharePoint Server.
ConceptsChaos no more: Steps for building governance into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (white paper)
SharePoint Products and Technologies governance checklist guide (white paper)
SharePoint Products and Technologies customization policy (white paper)
SharePoint collaboration service governance plan (white paper)
SharePoint Internet presence governance plan (white paper)
SharePoint intranet portal governance (white paper)
Sample template: SharePoint Products and Technologies governance plan