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Enhancing SharePoint Through Information Governance

According to Microsoft, every day for the past five years 20,000 new SharePoint users have been added. As one of the most popular departmental content management solutions, SharePoint silos are now littering the organizational landscape with little or no centralized control. Enterprises are seeking to do more with less, leverage what they already own, and take advantage of SharePoint 2010 functionality.
Technologies are available to tag content, classify it to organizational taxonomies, preserve and protect information through the automatic identification of records and privacy data, and as a migration tool. These building blocks work well in the SharePoint environment and add functionality transparently to the end user.
Building Block #1: Metadata
An enterprise metadata repository is the primary building block in the framework, enabling the proactive management of content. This component is tightly integrated with the management of content life-cycle. Enterprises struggle with managing content, stemming from the end user's inability to accurately and consistently tag content for search, storage, records identification and archiving purposes. Most organization still focus on relying on the end user for appropriate tagging. Only by eliminating the human factor can enterprise metadata management be achieved and subsequently the content life-cycle management.
Through automatic semantic metadata generation and auto-classification as content is created or ingested, the taxonomy component integrates well with Term Store to seamlessly manage the metadata. Eliminating end user tagging, a comprehensive metadata repository can be easily developed, deployed, and managed.
Building Block #2: Search
For many organization, content exists in numerous locations, on diverse repositories and replicated across various silos. Most end users are unable to find relevant information to support business objectives resulting in the inability to re-use and re-purpose content. This leads to impaired decision making and decreased organizational agility.
Whether the enterprise search is SharePoint or FAST, the delivery of meaningful results depends on the ability to effectively index and classify content and utilize taxonomies to better manage the content. The search engine provides the features, functions and interface, while the technologies provide the tagging and classification structure to deliver relevant results.
Building Block #3: Governance
The enterprise governance structure allows employees to work in the most efficient and effective way possible by giving them access to information in a controlled and secure manner. This building block consists of tools that ensure information quality, maintain content life-cycle, address the retention and disposition of records, secure and protect privacy, and establish standards when dealing with information.
Building Block #4: Policy
The application of policy must be deployed from an enterprise perspective and address the entire portfolio of information assets. The technology generates the identification of concepts, records, and privacy of data. Assignment of custom content types and workflows can be initiated for disposition making user involvement much less. This solution ensures consistency, improves record-keeping and enables the establishment of monitoring and auditing processes to ensure proof of compliance and data protection.
Building Block #5: Privacy
The demarcation of who is responsible for the protection of privacy data is becoming blurred. Each business function may have a unique view of what is confidential, such as legal, human resources, and product development. It remains the responsibility of the organization to set the policies and the stakeholders to protect and hold confidential certain information.
Leveraging content types to drive information rights management coupled with automatic semantic metadata generation and organizationally defined descriptions, unknown privacy exposures can be identified and processed automatically to the appropriate repository for disposition.
Building Block #6: Enterprise and Web 2.0
SharePoint provides technology to implement collaboration tools. These tools encourage collaboration and link employees, partners, suppliers, and customers to share information. Adding structure to chaos provides more control of collaboration, while encouraging the audience with ability to interact and share information. Adding control via classification and providing an integrated view of organized content through the taxonomy structure, end users still have the ability to freely contribute and the enterprise can more effectively use these tools as a business advantage.
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