Ruven-2014-BransonRuven Gotz is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution.

Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture” (Apress)

Ruven lives in Toronto, Canada. On Tuesday nights in the summer, you’ll find him racing his 24’ sailboat ‘In the Groove’

(NOTE: Ideas and opinions on this blog are my own: I am not representing my  employer.)

4 Responses to About

  1. Berney Gehring says:

    I have attended several of your talks and consider you a great source on Information Architecture. We are having an issue at my company where we in IT decided to organize our site structure around Departments and allow subsites to be created within. We also have a projects Site collection for creating cross departmental sites. Now we have been speaking with several teams in EMEA who would like an EMEA site collection and then to have several of the same departments created within that Site collection. I believe this is bad IA that will lead to content duplication and information silos, but I now have 3 different sites asking for this structure. I was wondering if you have a presentation or link to one that discusses Global SharePoint vs Regional SharePoint. Pros and cons of organizing your site structure around regions?


    • Ruven Gotz says:

      Hi Berney,

      This is definitely a tricky problem. I don’t have any links to address this: Unfortunately there is no ‘right and wrong’ for this situation, just ‘better and worse’ depending on many factors. If you are stuck with this architecture, you may want to consider ensuring that there are links between the various site collections so that the users can find information held in other SC’s. You may also want to consider creating search scopes that search all the sites of a particular type across multiple site collections.

      Maybe others reading this blog will have some better ideas for you.


  2. Peter Brabson says:

    Ruven —

    Thoroughly enjoyed your talk on Collecting Requirements for SharePoint at SharePoint Saturday in Annandale, Va back in August 2011. I think your approach makes such good sense, particularly when it comes to project planning for SharePoint, specifically for collecting business requiremenst to design SharePoint systrems that work.

    I have been hard pressed to find anything as succint and practical as the information that you presented. Do you have that information in a slide deck, link, blog entry etc? I am newly tasked to do this and your data was spot on. The link that was to have been provided by SharePoint Saturday for the preso’s was never forthcoming and most of the books I have read start with suggesting demos which I don’t want to do

    Any assistance would be much appreciated.


    Peter Brabson

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