I was pleased to present "Making Room for Governance" at this year's SharePoint Saturday in Denver's Microsoft Tech Center. The pop-up blizzard on Thursday made travel and travel delays an adventure level-up, and I had a wonderful time learning from other consultants and experts about the challenges and opportunities they're working on with Microsoft 365 (and sometimes on-premise) tools.
Governance is just a downright un-sexy topic. It's about as exciting as an annual wellness exam. No one likes it, no one looks forward to it, but we all know it's good to do. So you can imagine my surprise when I had a great crowd in a first-morning presentation slot, AND they had wonderful questions and engagement! I was also pleased to see that there were FIVE other presenters touching on Governance topics through the day, so if this is a topic you're interested in, please be sure to check those out as well.
My approach - in Governance and other business solutions - is to define solutions with an eye toward utilizing the tools you already have in place. Most of my passion is with Office 365 and Microsoft 365, so these were the platform assumptions that I used generally - but I wanted to start off with some over-arching principles about what Governance is, what it can do, how to manage it, and make it as seamless and painless as possible. Fortunately there are more tools onboard the O365 experience that help with this, including AI-driven automation opportunities. There is still a lag in what Governance tools are natively offered and what third-party tools have been able to provide that allow IT departments and global admins to better manage their tenants, but it's getting better all the time.
I'm embedding my slide presentation, but there aren't speakers notes that accompany these. During the live presentation, I elicited input from the audience as to what platforms they're using, where they are and are not using Governance, and challenges they're seeing in their rapidly changing industries - and tailored discussion for recommendations that could be easily adopted. What that means for these slides is that they might look a little boring without that context. Or, without the context of the theme music accompanying the discussion. If you're curious about that, or anything else touched on here, please reach out and ask.
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Making Room for Governance - the Presentation
I had a wonderful time at SharePoint Saturday in Denver - and am already making plans for next year!
The Before - During - and After fun