CollabTalk LLC has partnered with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University to examine the changing patterns in governance as organizations move from on-premises to the cloud, and the impacts in cost, efficiency, and time from not adequately preparing and adjusting for these changes. A survey has been launched at that focuses on creating a baseline for governance “readiness” by assessing overall readiness. Many of these questions were developed from the SharePoint Governance Maturity Model (SPGMM). This independent research is being sponsored by Microsoft, Spanning, Rencore, and tyGraph, with in-kind support from Collab365, ShareThePoint, SPTechCon, and SharePointFest.

Governance has long been an important topic within the enterprise, yet most governance strategies were developed while systems and tools were largely deployed on-premises. However, the tools and solutions used and the processed follow on server-based technology may not be valid in a cloud, or even a hybrid model. Our intent is to document the current state of governance within organizations that use Office 365, outline Microsoft and industry guidance, and identify the gaps between them, including the cost and risk impacts.

The final research will be made available to the public in Q3 of 2018.


Conducted in partnership with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, our research efforts include a wide range of global business research tools, including Qualtrics survey and post-analysis tools, Bloomberg terminals, Geo-Spatial Software and Data, and access to more than 400 databases including LexisNexis Academic, Factiva, ProQuest, BizMiner, Morningstar, IBIS World, Mergent Online, ORBIS, GuideStar, EBSCO, EDGAR, Wharton Research Data Services, Mint Global, S&P NetAdvatnage, and more.

Each CollabTalk research project follows a phased approach:

  • Phase 1-Primary Research: Conduct surveys, interviews, panels and other methods to assess current state, strategies implemented, and effectiveness of those actions.
  • Phase 2-Secondary Research: Identify existing industry research and analysis, thought-leadership, and statistical models.
  • Phase 3-Industry Expert Review: Conduct one-on-one and panel interviews with a panel of industry experts, consultants, and influencers.
  • Phase 4-Analysis and Recommendations: Distill insights and findings, and make recommendations in the form of a final research paper, including data models and other supporting material.

If you would like more information about CollabTalk research services, or have questions about co-sponsoring a current research project, please contact Christian Buckley at

And be sure to complete the current survey!

Improving Governance in Office 365 - Survey

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