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Here’s something new that is likely to be of interest to a lot of companies struggling with their SharePoint implementations -- a collaborative environment focusing on a collaborative environment.

A joint effort by Corridor Consulting, a Boston-based consulting firm focusing on enterprise content management initiatives, and Chicago-based Doculabs, a technology strategy consulting firm, SharePoint Governance.org, provides a ‘safe’ place to discuss and maybe solve all your SharePoint woes.

Maximizing SharePoint Effectiveness

This is no Agony Aunt column for geeks -- the website is being promoted as a non-profit space where companies and individuals who are looking to maximize and develop their SharePoint know-how can come together and learn from each other.

Its principal objective is to provide better governance of this enterprise content behemoth from ‘Peers’ and ‘Gurus’ whose contributions and articles can be found on the user-friendly site.

Peers And Gurus

Peers are exactly what you would expect them to be, companies offering contributions on what is and is not working in their SharePoint deployments and, the creators hope, advice on things to avoid -- presumably the results of bitter experience.

The Guru’s are defined as veterans of  SharePoint who “measure their stripes not just in years of active duty, but by how many projects they’ve had to slug and sweat through to achieve success”.

In both cases, contributions are invited and welcome from anyone who falls into either category, with first contributions vetted, to ensure that whoever is making a point actually knows what they are talking about.

Interestingly, while the site says there will be no boundaries to the possible discussions, it does warn contributors to maintain “a reasonable level of civility” -- as if anyone could get hot under the collar about SharePoint!

SharePoint Issues

In general, SharePointGovernance.org aims to deal with a wide range of issues that have an impact on companies who have either taken to SharePoint, or are looking at doing so.

Some of the initial topics, likely to be expanded, include:

  • General Governance of SharePoint
  • Information management and organization with SharePoint
  • SharePoint co‐existence with enterprise content management
  • Role of SharePoint in outsourcing
  • Business case justification for SharePoint‐related initiatives
  • Deploying SharePoint across the enterprise

Add to the brew expert contributions on technical issues and you have something that SharePoint users are going to love.

Technical issues include:

  • SharePoint Farm Management
  • Content Migration
  • Reporting
  • Performance Optimization/Acceleration
  • Taxonomy and Metadata Management/Replication
  • Easy Access And Use

Becoming a ‘Peer’ is easy and requires simple registration through the ‘Peers’ menu then to the ‘SPG Upload Instructions’ which will bring you to an easy log-in page.

To get in there as a Guru is slightly more difficult and those wishing to be considered as such need to contact Corridor, or Doculabs on the site.

And just to show that this is serious and not just a forum for poking fun at your rivals, the site owners have managed to get some impressive sponsors including EMC, Idera, K2, KnowledgeLake, Fujitsu, SchemaLogic, Concept Searching and SoftwareONE.

The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) is also working jointly on the site.

It will be interesting to see what emerges from discussions, particularly as to how SharePoint is working across the industry.

It is also a timely and -- hopefully -- forward looking event in the months prior to the anticipated launch of SharePoint 2010.

Visit the site for registration, or to see what all the fuss is about.