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Metadata and Security at the Best Practices Conference 2010

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 8/9/2010

Since the Best Practices Conference is less than two weeks away, I thought I would I would take a few minutes to expand a little on the talks I will be giving. As I mentioned in my recent "Upcoming Talks" post, I will be speaking on "New Considerations in SharePoint Security" on Tuesday the 24th and "Making your metadata work for you in SharePoint" on Thursday the 26th. I am a little more excited to speak on the latter than the former, as we all know security is everyone's favorite topic – though very needed with all the new stuff in 2010.

While we may not like thinking about or dealing with security, it's pretty important for your company to have a well thought out security plan in place. And while you might think this is an IT thing exclusively, often it is the site administrators and business users that have to put security plans in place and make sure they are enforced. It's easy for us to want to pass it off to someone else, leaving it as an afterthought until something goes wrong. I will explore why this is the wrong way to approach security and what the best practices are around effectively planning and managing your security, without just leaving it up to IT.

In this year's Security talk I will also explore a lot of new ideas and best practices around the new experiences that SharePoint 2010 has brought us. As I'm sure you're aware, 2010 offers many new features. What does this mean for you? Well with any change comes the ripple effect. While 2010 can bring vast improvements to your company's SharePoint system, without a good security plan that considers these changes, you could ultimately hurt yourself more than help! Perhaps your company is still using 2007? Well these practices still apply to you. Security should be looked at as a living, breathing thing, just like the company you work in. Security can be a vast complex system… which may not always be a good idea. Overall, we will look at some of the common pitfalls as well as some of the industry's best practices around security planning, all the while keeping it as fun and engaging as possible! J This one takes place Tuesday, August 24th at 1:00pm.

Now for one of the features I am most excited about with the new SharePoint 2010 environment, Managed Metadata! One of the big additions in 2010 is the ability to manage and construct your company's own metadata structure. If used correctly, this will allow for vast improvements in categorization and taxonomy support, leading to improved accessibility and 'findability' of your information. 2010 also offers folksonomy ('tagging') support, empowering users to help classify information and improve system usability. While this feature is a vast improvement from 2007, it is still very important to understand the "right" and "wrong" ways to implement this new service. In this session, I will talk extensively about strategies and best practices around planning your MMS effectively, while avoiding any major pitfalls. This should be a fun one. J It'll go down on Thursday, August 26th at 4:30pm. I hope to see you there!

But Wait…I'm not done yet! In addition to my two presentations, I will be on the "Ask the Experts: End User Adoption Panel", giving attendees a chance to ask me and other industry experts about strategies behind getting your users involved and keeping them excited! Even if you don't have a question, there are some top names on this panel including Bill English, Steve Smith, Kay McClure and Jennifer Mason. You will not want to miss this and all the rest of the great expert panels going on throughout the entire week.

Less than 2 weeks before the start of the BPC! I hope to see you all there. If you still haven't registered, go right now to

To check out the latest schedule of sessions and events (and check out the amazing set of speakers), visit

Hope to see you all there!

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More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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