Information architecture (IA) is the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labelling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability

The best way to think about information architecture is that it’s a blueprint, a way to organize your information so it’s easy to find by the right people. And while SharePoint isn’t the only platform that is in need of a well defined IA, it is one, that if badly defined, can cause more information silos and frustrated employees than you can even imagine.

The key to getting it right, is to plan it right, from the start. Now we hear some of you smirking because you know that what you have now is in such a state that it seems impossible to fix. Rest assured, it can be done.

Information architecture is a key element of your governance strategy. Governance is a huge topic for SharePoint, everyone talks about it, everyone has their own ideas on how to implement and manage a SharePoint governance strategy and the associated IA, and you know what? It’s all really good advice. But there’s just so much of it out there, how do you get focused and started?

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