CollabTalk LLC has partnered with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University to understand the security and compliance operational activities around existing Office 365 environments, and to gauge knowledge of and adherence to Office 365 security and compliance guidance and capabilities. A survey has been launched at that focuses on creating a baseline understanding of where organizations are today in their security and compliance efforts. We will contrast that baseline against industry and Microsoft best practices, and identify any gaps, allowing us to then estimate the impact of those gaps, including cost, risk, and time. This independent research is being sponsored by Microsoft, Spanning, RecordPoint, and tyGraph, with in-kind support from Collab365, ShareThePoint, SPTechCon, and SharePointFest.

As Office 365 has quickly expanded to become one of the most widely used cloud services, the rate at which Microsoft has extended the security and compliance capabilities has also also increased. As such, many organizations are not fully aware of what the platform can do — and where their use of the platform, especially in relation to legacy systems and tools, whether on-prem or in the cloud, may be opening up liabilities and unnecessary risks. By identifying current operational practices, this research will help organizations better identify and understand weaknesses in their current security and compliance strategies, and make necessary changes.

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!

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