The only constant is change

September 19, 2014

It’s been very long time since I last posted anything on this blog. About a year ago I moved from Dell Software’s SharePoint solutions group to take over product management in a company called Netwrix. Here at Netwrix I spend less time with SharePoint, as we do change and access auditing for a number of different IT systems and applications, primarily within Microsoft ecosystem.

To be honest, it was unclear to me what to do with the blog. I am still quite interested in SharePoint governance and management topics, but it is no longer the main focus of my day to day work. So I finally decided to resume blogging, and here’re the first couple changes here.

I am going to use the WordPress.com alias as the main blog URL again. The old alias (http://blog.sharepoint-recovery.com) will redirect here, but is no longer describing the main point.

I also renamed the blog to be more consistent with its new (expected) contents :) Even the ancient Greeks knew that the only constant is change (thanks to Heraclitus of Ephesus for making this observation!) – and my interest now is how to give IT and executives visibility into these changes, and give enough info to understand them in context of overall systems security and compliance.

You can expect to see more random thoughts and observations on information governance, risk management, IT security, etc. In the meantime, I still have the warm feelings for SharePoint and the community around it, so you may see occasional notes specific to SharePoint as well. (And while we are at it – I am speaking at SharePoint Conference Ukraine next week, excited to be back in beautiful Kiev!)

Last week I was speaking at SharePoint Conference Ukraine in Kiev. The conference content owners had picked SharePoint governance from my suggested list of topics, and I tried to put together several examples to highlight what governance is and what it is not.

What struck me as I was preparing was the idea that the term itself (“SharePoint governance”) is somewhat unique across all Microsoft applications. Have you ever heard about Exchange Server governance? Or Dynamics CRM governance? Even with SharePoint, the term appeared in late 2007 – early 2008 and was quickly picked up by the community. Thanks to internet search technologies, we can see the relative frequency of use for terms “SharePoint governance” and “Exchange governance” in the IT related sources over time:

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You cannot really see ANY mention of Exchange governance – why is this so? Do users share less sensitive content over email? Are there fewer business risks associated with email compared to SharePoint? Less need in protecting personal information, controlling exponential growth, complying with content retention requirements?

Obviously, no. Companies have to govern all of the IT infrastructure to adequately address the business needs and maintain controllable and predictable costs. For whatever reason the term resonated so well only with the SharePoint community.

Does this mean SharePoint governance is only a buzz word that various Microsoft partners are glad to use to sell their services and tools? What do you think?

P.S. In my conference talk I tried to give examples why it might be a good idea to start thinking about SharePoint governance. Here’re the slides (in Russian).

P.P.S. Once again, many thanks to the entire SharePoint Conference Ukraine team and personally to Anton Vityaz. Hope to see you in Kiev next spring!

It was a very pleasant and unusual experience for me this week to speak at the SharePoint Conference Russia – 2011. The conference was awesome and the crowd was much more interested in SharePoint than I was expecting. My session was the last before conference wrap up, and we stayed for almost half hour after the session for Q&A! The biggest challenge for me – surprisingly – was to keep speaking Russian, and not switch to English completely when using all the SharePoint terminology.

Having been to a number of different industry events in the US and Europe before, I cannot help comparing this conference to some of those. As far as I can tell, SharePoint Conference Russia is very close to the SharePoint Saturdays. The event is completely driven by community, in this case – Russian SharePoint User Group, and it is completely free to attend. (Thanks to the sponsors, and I am happy that my employer participated as the sponsor as well!)

There are some differences from the few of the SharePoint Saturdays I’ve seen:
  • SPConfRu had simultaneous live stream online from all 3 concurrent sessions. Never seen this at any other SharePoint event really.
  • The food was absolutely awesome :-) I’m not complaining about the food at other events, but here it was way better than one can expect to get a free event.
  • Unlike other SharePoint Saturdays, good part of the attendees were seriously looking people in good suits – IT directors and CIO’s, not a typical attendee for a free event. I think this shows there is a lack of (and the need for) SharePoint-centric events targeted more at the business users and IT decision makers in Russia. There are no SPTechCon or SharePoint Best Practices here.
  • Finally, the event was on Monday – so they had to call it SharePoint Conference instead of SharePoint Saturday :-)

So once again I’d like to say thank you to the SPConfRU organizersOksana and the team did absolutely great job, and I really look forward to more events from the user group in Russia.

BTW, here’re the slides from my “Planning SharePoint 2010 backup and recovery – where do I start?” session

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ICS Solutions, one of the leading IT solution providers and Microsoft Gold Partner in the UK are hosting a one-day SharePoint Showcase conference tomorrow, October 16 at their location in Basingstoke, England. There are about 10 ISV partners coming to the event to talk about their products, and I will be representing Quest Software there together with our Director of Marketing for SharePoint product line.

Sorry for the last minute notice (did not want to post this until I get the UK Visa), but as far as I know ICS has planned this conference to be the first in a series of similar events. Anyway, if you are attending the event tomorrow be sure to come by and say hello, or even better – book the 30-minute one-on-one meeting so that we have a chance to talk.

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Quest is sponsoring and exhibiting at SharePoint Connections in Vegas this week and then at IT Forum in Barcelona next week.

If you’re at the Connections, Quest’s booth is #309 and it is all about SharePoint this year. So come by to stamp your entry card to win a Harley see all the migration, management, and app development tools we have for SharePoint – and, of course, the only SharePoint granular recovery tool that does not require any additional backups except SQL database!

I will not be in Vegas, but if you’re in Europe you can try and see me at Quest’s booth A10 at IT Forum the week of Nov 12. Besides the SharePoint product group, you’ll find experts on lots of other Quest products for Microsoft infrastructure management there, including the exciting free UI for PowerShell. Send me an e-mail to ilia at sharepoint dash recovery dot com if you want to meet there. Looking forward to see you in sunny Barcelona!

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