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Big Data and SharePoint are They Made for Each Other?

Rehmani Consulting Inc offers a set of video training classes on the Term Store in SharePoint 2010 and Taxonomy These courses are intended for SharePoint Administrators, Site Collection Administrators, Developers, Architects and Citizen Developers (credit to Gartner, Inc for originating this concept. Visit Gartner, Inc for more information on this concept). This set of courses is recommended for organizations looking to better manage information stored in SharePoint, while at the same time, investigating how to empower users to get the most value from SharePoint as an information repository.

The concept of “Big Data”, meaning substantial volumes of information in unstructured form that require management if they are to be consolidated with other, structured data within a consolidated view of information across an enterprise, is closely relates, as we see it with SharePoint. In fact, we think that efforts to control SharePoint Sprawl generally stem from one or two positions, either a Compliance group within the enterprise is concerned that information has been retained in SharePoint beyond the term specified by regulatory requirements and, therefore, needs to removed from the enterprise, or an organization can not grapple with all the disparate information that has been stored in SharePoint by a diverse set of units without a common purpose or methodology. The end result of SharePoint Sprawl, of course, is lots of disorganized data, which, in all likelihood, will proved to be unstructured and, therefore, challenging from a management perspective.

Leaving aside, for a moment, the alternative of removing this information from an enterprise, it is worth considering the Term Store, Taxonomy and Metadata tagging as a method of, literally, providing a structure for the information. Of course, this activity is highly useful as a means of reducing the amount of Big Data that an organization will have to face as SharePoint is implemented. Capturing this opportunity requires that taxonomy be planned in advance of the actual implementation of SharePoint and that the Term Store be at least designed and metadata tagging applied as data is added to SharePoint. Where organizations need to apply structure to an unstructured set of data already stored in SharePoint, the task will be much more intensive and consuming, but, nevertheless, beneficial.

If your organization is either planning an important implementation of SharePoint 2010, or needs to better manage data already stored in SharePoint 2010, then you ought to seriously consider implementing the Taxonomic features that have been incorporated in this SharePoint release.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements. You can either telephone us at +1 630-786-7026 or contact us via email, we will be happy to learn more about your specific objectives, relative to SharePoint, for your organization.

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