SharePoint In Paradise

Pink, blue, purple blissful sky frames the sun falling into the ocean closing out another day in Hawaii.  My “backyard” at Shark Pit Beach in Maui never disappoints.  It has been almost a year since I’ve moved to Maui and I couldn’t be happier.  I travel a ton for our Content Panda business and every time I come back to Maui I have that feeling of truly being “home”.  I have been bowled over by my acceptance into our Hawaii SharePoint community.

Last week I flew over to Honolulu for the monthly SharePoint user group to present a session on SharePoint Governance using Content Panda with our terrific local partner Synergy (one of the top SharePoint training and consultant companies in the world).  Chris Bayot, Regional Director of Synergy Hawaii is a rock star, she runs the Hawaii SharePoint User Group as well as the Honolulu SharePoint (Friday) Saturday.  

As I said, this month is special for me in that it is my year anniversary moving to Hawaii.  To make it even more special one of our user group attendees sent me a picture of her very used and highlighted copy of a book I helped write – the 2007 SharePoint Server Bible to show me how important it has been to her career and work in the SharePoint Community.  We don’t often know the impact we have from a book, a blog or a presentation and it was humbling and touching to know that this book was her entry into working on SharePoint. 

As we go into the holidays the word grateful comes to mind for me.  Grateful to work in an amazing community, to live in paradise and to work with such amazing colleagues on a daily basis (my panda team, customers and partners rock).   




We’ll be giving the actual presentation that went along with our working demo from the Hawaii User Group presentation on Thurs Dec 17th so please register here.

Overview:  Planning and implementing a governance strategy that is empowering, manageable and scalable is key to running a successful Office 365 and SharePoint environment. Building this plan requires “planning” that runs across the business with the support of the C-levels but with the end users in mind. This session will look at an understanding of the business challenges, the justification points, and the technology issues that should be addressed. SharePoint governance should be planned but fluid in order to reflect the constant changes that will happen especially in Office 365. In this session, we’ll explore how aligning governance content to your business and delivering it in-context will help insure change management and user adoption.