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New in SharePoint 2016: Sensitive Information Types

It’s exiting days, these… Microsoft have just released the public preview of SharePoint Server 2016 and the SharePoint community are already all over it.

One of the areas that got a huge boost with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, was Search. With the integration of the Fast Search technology into the core server product, companies got a lot more search capabilities at their hands, and most of the companies I have worked with in the recent years have Search as one of the most prominent drivers for new SharePoint investments.

Being an advisor for governance and compliance, I have worked with these companies to understand how exactly to realize the value from these capabilities in a way that does not expose them to new and unknown risk. Implementing new search capabilities very often surfaces serious information challenges, most of which used to be nicely hidden in the lack of strong information management practices. Getting better at using and managing information in your company actually also works for those who want to misuse information.

So with the introduction of very strong Enterprise Search tool and machine learning driven tools like Delve, companies need to get sharper focus on how to identify and managed sensitive information across the board.

The “old-fashioned” method is to classify SharePoint as a collaborative platform that should not contain any sensitive information. This works very well “on paper”. But many companies are realizing that collaboration – to most end users – mean working with fewer constraints to accomplish individual or team goals. With the lack of tool to make sensitive information governance policy (meaning finding and removing sensitive information from where it should not be stored) operational, it is very hard to stay in control of these kind of things.

Now – with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 we get what is called “Sensitive Information Types”. This is brand new technology – a part of the Data Loss Prevention investments Microsoft made, and it looks like it closes exactly the gap that most companies will be facing (many are already struggling with this) when maturing their enterprise search capabilities.

Is short, Sensitive Information Types are defined in Enterprise Search, using Regular Expression and patterns to recognize certain types of data; like social security numbers etc. When the search engine finds a document it indexes the content and identifies instances of a Sensitive Information Type in the document if present. This makes the document surface in SharePoint’s eDiscovery portal, from where you can take any action needed.

This technology is still in Preview and I have not seen it in production use so far. But Data Loss Prevention has been a huge investment area for Microsoft for some time now, so my expectations are high and the need for this functionality is obvious.

Microsoft’s Bill Bear have posted this article in TechNet explaining more details on Sensitive Information Types in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2014 Preview :






SPS Oslo 2015

Great to be invited to speak at this years #spsoslo! The event is in October and I will be talking about the latest developments in operational governance of complex SharePoint and Office 365 platforms.

Oslo is a great city! I have spent 1 1/2 year living there just a few years back, and I really miss the norwegian capital vibe, bars with heated outdoor seating all year, great public transportation and sushi from Alex’s sushi!

Hope to see a lot of old friends there!






Governance session at SharePoint & Office 365 Saturday in Paris



I returned from a trip around Europe this week, speaking at the Paris 2015 SharePoint & Office 365 Saturday Conference, among other Things. I promised some of you to share my slides in the blog and give a quick trip-report.

First of all I want to thank the Guys behind the Paris event. SharePoint Saturday events are unique to the community of SharePoint, and I really believe that the community effort in events like this is a cornerstone in the success of SharePoint. The community is big, and even so I always meet old friends and colleagues in these events – Paris was no different there.

The site was different though. We met Saturday morning at the 40th floor of the Tour de Montparnasse, overlooking the entire citiy of Paris on a beautiful and clear day. After the mandatory coffee and croissant I got to chat with some of the most talented SharePoint Guys in Europe; Bill Ayers, Mathias Elming, Hans Brender, Paolo Pialorsi, Martina Grom, Chirag Patel among others. Always great inspiration and fun…WP_20150530_08_01_51_Pro (2)

The view from the Speakers lounge – towards Tour Eiffel was spectacular.

My talk was “Making SharePoint governance Work for Business, IT and users” – showing methodologies and processes that have proven to work for companies, that have decided to implement governance around SharePoint; it’s applications, it’s infrastructure and it’s users, content & information. The presentation is available for download here:

I finished my visit to Paris with a run around the streets on Sunday morning, only to see the “No Finish Line” race going on in the park by the Tour Eiffel. The concept is to run any number of laps and earn 1 EUR per lap sponsored by the race sponsors. Great chance to do something good for children AND for your self (keeping in shape) 🙂 I wanted to mention this great program; a cool and innovative way to raise funds for important projects – saving life’s and enabling possibilities for children – all around the world. You can be a part of that too! 🙂

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SharePoint Saturday Paris is this week!

I am really looking forward to this event. The Paris SharePoint Saturday  with great speakers and industry people. It’s this Saturday in Paris if you are not already registered. I will be talking about the latest findings in Governance for SharePoint and Office 365.



SQLSaturday up with SharePoint Community in September

In september SQLSaturday 2015 is held at the IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark. This year the team behind this event is teaming up with the danish SharePoint Community, run by my good friend and partner, Anders Dissing. There is a full track dedicated to SharePoint at this 3-day event. You can learn more at the event website:


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