The more your organization uses SharePoint or Office 365, the more applications you have, the more alerts about them you will get. With these 3 tips, you will be able to handle them efficiently focusing on what’s the most important.
Other blogs in this series:
- Assess what’s in your SharePoint environment
- The dark side of SharePoint applications
- The business impact of your SharePoint applications
- 3 tips for efficiently handling alerts about your SharePoint applications (this blog)
- How often do you scan your SharePoint applications for vulnerabilities?
Large intranet means scale
It’s all about clarity
Given sufficient permissions, everyone can customize SharePoint and time over time our assessments showed that organizations have trouble controlling the growth of their intranets. Besides the handful of solutions managed by the IT, organizations have hundreds if not thousands of applications created by power users. These applications are invaluable to them, but they also expose the organization to risks.
Two biggest issues with SharePoint applications
Having done a number of assessments for our customers, we realized that there are two reasons why organizations have a problem with their SharePoint applications.
SharePoint offers rich customization capabilities, and given sufficient permissions, everyone can tailor it to their needs. While these individuals are perfectly equipped to solve their business problem, they are not skilled enough to assess the quality of their solution and its impact on the rest of the intranet.
Hundreds of alerts, where do you start?
To control the growth of your intranet, you need to monitor your applications. But the moment you start doing it at scale, you will get overloaded with alerts. So to handle them efficiently you need a plan.
Before implementing a monitoring solution for your SharePoint applications, you should classify alerts. You have a very limited amount of time available which you can spend only once, so you’d better spend it on the most important things.
You could, for example, say that any high-severity security alert must be handled immediately by disabling the application, while a medium-severity performance issue will be relayed to the dev team for further investigation. The classification doesn’t need to be complete and account for every possible scenario as long as it helps you to separate what’s important from what’s not. Think of it as your focus inbox in e-mail.
Automate what can be automated
Once you know about the different types of alerts, the next step is to automate handling them as much as possible. Not only will it save you time, but it will also eliminate human error and help you to ensure that nothing slips through your hands.
Imagine that you received an alert about a Flow connecting to an API that wasn’t sanctioned by your organization. You could respond to it by immediately turning the Flow in question off and contacting its owner. On the other hand, if you see that one of the applications in your environment uses functionality that is soon to be deprecated, you could contact its owner providing them with the details and recommendations.
Assuming you get sufficient information from your monitoring solution, you could use Microsoft Flow or Logic Apps to triage and automate handling alerts on your SharePoint applications.
Delegate and track
While you’re responsible for your SharePoint or Office 365 environment, you can’t fix every issue by yourself. You don’t have the capacity to do that and some issues will likely require developers to analyze the impact and implement the fix. So to handle alerts at scale efficiently, you need to be able to delegate them to the applications’ owners and track their status.
Monitor your SharePoint applications without the hassle
Your digital workplace should be secure and reliable. And it starts with controlling your applications and knowing you can trust them. Even if you work at a large organization and need to deal with applications at scale, a proper monitoring solution will help you to understand and handle the most urgent issues that could put your organization at risk. I recommend taking a look at our Rencore Governance tool as a starting point. Click the button below to learn more.