August Content Roundup

I’m starting to like this content summary post idea. It allows me to identify some of the themes in my writings, whether intended or unintended, and point again to some articles that my readers may have missed because they’re spread across multiple sites. I had high hoped for August and new content, which was dampened by a couple things: new presentation content and whitepapers, and that little matter of my company getting acquired. What? You didn’t hear the news on that? Apparently we could have done a better job of tweeting it out there, but there are a couple posts that walk you through the details:

Another theme for August surrounded our 3rd official tweetjam, this time focusing on the topic of data visualization within the collaboration space.

If you missed my sessions at SharePointFest DC and SPTechcon, I’ve been talking a lot about the governance impacts of social collaboration. The premise is simple enough: if you’re going to use disparate tools and systems, you need to think about how your governance policies, procedures, reporting, compliance, and other mitigating factors will be managed across them. Even within SharePoint 2013, there are very limited out-of-the-box reports to help you manage the social features, and so you have to get creative, pulling the data you need from the various content databases where your conversations, shares, ratings and other capabilities are tracked and stored. Adding Yammer to the mix? There are no standards for management across the two platforms, so be clear on what you need to manage – and know that you’re going to have to build something on your own to meet those requirements.

Of course, I’m always talking about SharePoint governance – no surprises that I would sponsor a webinar on the topic (this time with my good friend Joel Oleson at Salient6), and cover a few thoughts in an article or two.

And finally, as I am prone to do, I occasionally write about semi-relevant topics that just interest me – and participate in various analyst and journalist interviews, getting a quote in here or there. My “business” posts usually cover business topics of one sort or another, sometimes inspired by my readings in Wired, Harvard Business Review, FastCompany, or some other online source. Chalk the rest up to “self-promotion.”

With the outer door about to close on this flight to Cape Town, South Africa, I’ll sign off for now. But I should have a couple more posts ready to go live once I touch down.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.