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CIO’s are made responsible in IT projects…

In a recent report made by ISACA ( about 500 US companies were asked who was made responsible for potential failures in it projects. An alarming 47% responded that the CIO alone should be made responsible.

Even though we know from experience that it is hard to get the rest of the management team to engage in it related projects, these numbers are surprising. No CxO (I would expect) will state that It is not a big deal in relation to growth and productivity – pretty much across all markets – so there is something wrong when almost half of the companies states that they do not share responsibilities across the management team in it projects.

From my work with IT governance – especially for SharePoint – over the last couple of years, I have seen this in lots of places. Management engagement in SharePoint implementations are very seldom, and the result is often that the platform will not produce the promised ROI.

In the same report from ISACA, you can read that:

69 percent of respondents indicate that their organizations are achieving at least 50 to 100 percent of the expected value from their investments in IT

If we turn this around, it actually means that more than 31% of IT investments does NOT meet 50% of ROI expectations. This is not a pretty picture!

For SharePoint I belive that these numbers are quite representative for what is going on out there. Far to many companies are relying on SharePoint to create business value by it self. They implement out-of-the-box functionality and fail to include governance policies for the platform.

In The Governance Framework for SharePoint, we are working with Business Impact Areas, where the business management can map specific functionality in the SharePoint platform to value adding initiatives in the business. This approach build a bridge between business and IT management that it highly required.

You should not be satisfied if your It project does not meet ROI expectations. Either your expactations are unrealistic – which can be the case if forgot to question all the marketing slides – but with SharePoint it seems like it is just as often a matter of the business not getting engaged, and the potential of the platform is never really pursued.

Read more about the ISAC A report here:


SharePoint Governance Master Classes

We are announcing a list of SharePoint Governance Master Classes this fall.

These trainings is designed to be a full SharePoint governance “education” for professionals working with SharePoint.

We deliver SharePoint Governance Master Classes for companies as a part of an engagement, but also have open workshops planned. The next one will be in Copenhagen in october and will be the first class in a row of three.

  1. Introducing SharePoint Governance
    Get a clear overview of what governance is and what it will do for your business. You will get an overview of the SharePoint Governance Framework  and also get introduced to a set of tool and methods you can use in your own organization; like Cobit, Administration Toolkits, best practices etc.
  2. Building a SharePoint Governance Organization
    This a a very workshop oriented session where participants will work actively with designing an organization for governance, with roles and responsibilities defined and guidelines / recommendations on how to go back home and implement.
  3. Using the SharePoint Governance Framework
    The SharePoint Governance Framework is a governance framework that builds on the generic principles of frameworks like Cobit but aligned with the special needs of SharePoint. Participants will use the framework to build their governance plan and also use SharePoint to make the plan operational.

SharePoint Governance Master Classes are full day events (one day per class). Classes are max 12 participants to get the optimalt results. Classes are in English or Danish language.

You can take classes individually or take the full series of Master Casses to get deep insight nd competence on governing SharePoint in a business evironment.

The classes are “level 200” technically, and targets IT Managers, CIOs, Architects, Project Managers, System Owners, Communication Managers as well as other relevant IT Pro roles.

As mentioned we have open classes in Copenhagen, Denmark scheduled. For company classes we travel all over EMEA and US. You are welcome to contact me for details.

Partnering opportunity
We are looking for partners that are interested in facilitating SharePoint Governance Master Classes in the following countries; Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Dubai, Qatar, UAE, UK, US, Canada, Iceland. If you are interested please contact me directly on +45 55 99 06 05 or via (danish website)


SharePoint Calendars

One of the questions – or should I say comments – I hear a lot is something like “SharePoint calendars does’nt even integrate with my Outlook calendar…”

In the very popular article in NY times recently – talking about SharePoints unique popularity and position in the marketplace – I read thorugh the comments made by reader. and guess what… Here’s that same comment once again!

The fact is, that there is some integration between Outlook and SharePoint calendars. Integration between a personal and a public or team calendar is alway i tricky subject, as you cant really define commen rules for what calender gets to “overwrite” another etc.

So there are absolutely things – that some people expect – that SharePoint does not do out of the box. But essentially, SharePoint delivers a neat calendar integration out of the box for planning your time and tasks in an environment where you have to concider both types of calenders.

So from now on, I can answer this question by referring to this post 🙂 And to make it complete – here’s a video from Office Online that shows you how it all works.