I've been very bad about blogging. I'm going to try to blog as often as possible! The last few weeks have been very busy. Not really an excuse, but TechEd 2007 and fiscal end-of-year responsibilities are a lot of work!

I'm in San Francisco for 2 days at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference. I was invited by Peter O'Kelly and Guy Creese to participate on 2 panels: 1) Unstructured Content: Lock It Up, Follow It Around, or What? and 2) New Realities in Collaboration and Content Management. The conference gave me an opportunity to connect with other folks in the industry and with customers and partners. One of the questions that came up was "How do I plan for my SharePoint deployment? How do I govern usage? How do I implement a plan?"

Just recently, we released a series of articles on SharePoint Technology Governance that can be found @ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/bb507202.aspx. There's some really good information, but some of the top articles are listed below. The whitepapers provide great actionable content so you can effectively use SharePoint manageability controls, plan an Information Architecture and put a Governance plan into place.

 

Information architecture in SharePoint Server 2007

This case study describes the process by which a fictitious company plans, customizes and deploys an Office SharePoint Server 2007 installation in a large organization.

SharePoint Products and Technologies customization policy

Learn about the range of customizations available in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007. For each type of customization, the author provides recommendations on whether to support the customization at various levels of IT service and provides details on the potential support issues.

Windows SharePoint Services manageability controls

This paper, along with Supporting Information Architecture with Windows SharePoint Services Manageability Controls and Implementing Windows SharePoint Services Governance, will guide your organization through designing and implementing a governed, manageable Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environment.