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Talking SharePoint Governance & DocAve 6 at SPTechCon

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend SPTechCon in San Francisco, CA, where AvePoint was the Diamond sponsor. Taking place from February 26-29, the event was packed with members of the global SharePoint community taking in workshops from experts and the latest technologies from vendors.

As I spoke with attendees at AvePoint’s booth throughout the event, the keyword of the event was crystal clear: governance. Nearly everyone who stopped by our booth wanted to know what AvePoint offers for governance, and we were able to enthusiastically introduce all of them to DocAve 6, the enterprise-class management platform for SharePoint governance.

Everyone who viewed a demo of DocAve 6 was pleased to see that, through our fully integrated platform, we are able to offer the “full story” for storage optimization, including the ability to backup externalized content. Attendees loved the newly redesigned, ribbon-based interface and were excited to see it in action. I’ve given demos at many shows during my time with AvePoint, and it has truly never been as easy as it is with DocAve 6.

It was also great to speak with existing customers about how pleased they are with DocAve. One told me, “If we didn’t have DocAve Extender, we don’t know how SharePoint would be functioning right now.”

I addition to SPTechCon, I also made it to the San Francisco SharePoint User Group (#SFSPUG) on February 28. I especially enjoyed the event’s “Stump the Experts” panel, which featured AvePoint’s own Randy Williams. It was quite a unique experience to hear the experts answer all of the questions the crowd threw at them. Governance continued to be a hot topic, and many different opinions were offered on the subject. One expert said you can’t talk about governance without talking about risk, compliance, and objectives because they are all tied in. Another said that governance cannot be managed at the IT level. Yet another said, “While governance is important, you can’t have policy on everything. Have policy on the important things and put half the effort into policy on the little stuff.”

Did you make it to SPTechCon in San Francisco? What were your thoughts on the event? Let us know in the comments section below!

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