Automating Information Governance

March 2023 #CollabTalk TweetJam on The Need for Governance AutomationIn the modern business environment, the volume, velocity, and variety of data generated by organizations require a robust information governance strategy to ensure compliance with regulations, mitigate risks, and drive value from data assets. However, implementing effective information governance is not without challenges.

Microsoft provides various solutions to help organizations improve their information governance practices and information protection, including data classification, retention, disposal, and access controls. While Microsoft’s information governance solutions are comprehensive, some features or capabilities may be missing, depending on the specific needs of the organization. Automation can help organizations streamline and enhance various aspects of their information governance, but challenges may remain.

In the next #CollabTalk TweetJam taking place on Wednesday, March 22nd at 9am Pacific, the community will once again join forces and have a focused discussion on the topic of “The Need for Governance Automation” and share our thoughts and experiences on the opportunities and challenges surrounding information governance and the push to automate.

In this 1-hour Twitter-based panel discussion, we’ll bring together MVPs and Regional Directors, community experts, partners, consultants, and practitioners to share their perspectives on this important topic.

Anyone can join this community discussion using Twitter and the #CollabTalk hashtag or your favorite Twitter platform. You don’t even need to be an “expert” to participate in the online conversation. Anyone can ask questions, comment on the questions posed, or just “lurk” in the background. These online discussions are open to anyone — you do not have to be on the panel to participate.

This month’s tweetjam is being sponsored by Rencore and, as always, our friends at tyGraph. Thanks for your support!

If you have never participated in one of these tweetjams, it’s pretty simple: anyone can jump in and share their thoughts, or just lurk in the wings and absorb the wisdom of the crowd. Either way, it’ll be a TON of content to consume in a single hour. You can follow the live session using the Twitter UI of your choice (, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, whatever). How it works is that I’ll post a series of questions every few minutes, and people will respond to Q1, Q2, Q3 and so forth with A1, A2, A3, always including the #CollabTalk hashtag with their answers. Feel free to reply as often (or as little) as you’d like, ask your own follow-up questions, share relevant links, re-tweet others, and engage with the audience.

The questions we will discuss during the session include:

  1. What are the top 3 challenges that organizations encounter when implementing information governance, in general?
  2. Within your own organization (or customer), where are the greatest opportunities for information governance automation?
  3. How can automation help organizations improve compliance with regulations and policies related to data management and protection?
  4. How can organizations ensure that automated information governance processes align with their overall business goals and objectives?
  5. What is Microsoft doing to help customers improve their information governance practices?
  6. What features or capabilities do you believe are missing from Microsoft’s information governance solutions?
  7. For organizations at the start of their information governance planning, what guidance or recommendations would you provide?

Of course, there will be many side questions, side conversations, and wise-cracking shenanigans. This is open to the public, so please join in the discussion! The dialog is always thought-provoking and fun.

Participating on this panel (so far):

  • Sue Hanley (@susanhanley), M365 Apps & Services MVP, portal, KM, and SharePoint consultant
  • Antonio Maio (@antoniomaio2), SharePoint MVP, managing director and senior enterprise architect at Protiviti
  • Martina Grom (@magrom), co-founder of, M365 Apps & Services MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
  • Ragnar Heil (@ragnarh), M365 Apps & Services MVP, Viva Explorer, global director of partners and alliances at Rencore
  • Sharon Weaver (@sharoneweaver), Microsoft RD + M365 Apps & Services MVP, consultant, trainer and ceo of Smarter Consulting
  • Kevin McDonnell (@kevmcdonk), M365 Apps & Services MVP and group manager, modern workplace at Avanade
  • Wes Preston (@idubbs), M365 Apps & Services MVP, evangelist,  and owner at TrecStone
  • Tamara Bredemus (@tamarabred), evolve 365 learning & adoption specialist at Planet Technologies
  • David Drever (@DavidMDrever), M365 Apps & Services MVP, senior manager and enterprise architect at Protiviti
  • Kurt Kragh Sørensen (@KurtKragh),  intranet consultant and owner of
  • Hal Hostetler (@TVWizard), M365 Apps & Services MVP and senior field engineer and social media coordinator for Roland, Schorr & Tower
  • Matthias Seidel (@matt_sei), vp of marketing at Rencore
  • Jay Leask (@jayleask), M365 Apps & Services MVP and US federal director, strategic accounts & solutions for AvePoint Public Sector
  • Matt Varney (@thevarnish), intranet manager at KCTCS
  • Tobiasz Koprowski (@KoprowskiT), Data Platform MVP, founder and consultant at Shadowland Consulting
  • Stacy Deere-Strole (@sldeere), M365 Apps & Services MVP and owner of Focal Point Solutions
  • John White (@diverdown1964), dual M365 Apps & Services and Data Platform MVP, cto at tyGraph, an AvePoint company
  • Adnan Amin (@adnan_amin), M365 Apps & Services MVP, Microsoft technology consultant at Olive + Goose
  • Dwayne Natwick (@DwayneNcloud), Azure MVP, global principal cloud security tech lead / cto at Atos
  • Simon Denton (@buildbod), M365 Apps & Services MVP, visiting professor at Birmingham City University, and business architect at Mott MacDonald
  • Treb Gatte (@marqueeinsights), Business Solutions MVP, international speaker/man of mystery at Marquee Insights
  • Diogo Barros (@diogomiguel_9), Microsoft Dynamics 365 lead developer at Euronext
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), M365 Apps & Services MVP & RD, director of north american partner management at Rencore, content strategy at TekkiGurus, and #CollabTalk founder

If you would like to be included on one of these panels, please drop me a line via emailLinkedIn, or Twitter. And thank you again to TekkiGurus and, of course, to tyGraph for your support of these CollabTalk tweetjams! And finally, if you are interested in being a sponsor of a future tweetjam, please contact me.

We’ll be back on April 26th for the next CollabTalk TweetJam (coming to you from Comms vNext in Denver!) where we’ll be focusing on Teams, Microsoft Loop, and the future of desktop productivity (Word, OneNote, et al) as we discuss “Throwing Productivity Tools for a Loop” so be sure to follow me (@buckleyplanet) for news and updates.

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.

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