AvePoint announced the release of their Governance Automation module. This tool sits on top of their existing DocAve suite and leverages the individual modules to provide governance automation.
Users would create a service request in the GA GUI. This list is currently limited to the following requests, but is expected to be expanded shortly:
- Site Collection Provisioning
- Site Provisioning
- Site Collection Lifecycle Management
These service requests allow SharePoint administrators to build up approval processes, reporting, and implement a governance policy depending on numerous variables. An end user can request a site from the GA GUI, and through the automated process, send the request for approval, apply governance policies, storage policies, lifecycle policies, backup policies, setup permissions etc, (This is dependant on the DocAve modules installed).
This alone will decrease the wait time for end users, as well as the work load of SharePoint administrators who can now focus on maintaining and improving your farms, and not worry about having to attend to trival tasks such as creating sites.
Further down the line, GA enables reporting as well, so administrators can quickly see what is happening with detailed reports on the SharePoint assets. One of the more interesting features for SharePoint administrators is the ability to clearly provide Chargeback reports to departments/functional units within the organisation.