A Local Government rapidly implemented the rollout of Office365 in 2020, resulting in the requirement to review the internal corporate function of Records Management to ensure compliance with policy was being maintained.
Melton City Council (MCC) deployed and enabled MS Teams in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the urgency of the decision, there was no time to perform the standard planning work that would normally take place as part of project deployment.
MCC then needed to establish MS Teams governance across the organisation, ensure they addressed emerging risks, and improve the leverage and return on their implementation of MS Teams and Office365.
MCC engaged Information Professionals Group to do this work, advise of best practice and industry standards for its internal systems and capabilities regarding information management within the Office365 environment.
Information Professionals Group reviewed the existing configuration of Office 365 reviewing this against the required Public Records standards, including PROV. We identified a range of settings that either supported these standards, did not support the standards, or were omitted.
There was also the opportunity to replace ECM with SharePoint online, which was included in Office365. To enable best practice, industry standards and a PROV compliant records management environment an additional add-on was required.
Information Professionals provided design recommendations that would enable MCC to develop and establish records management regime with the standards issued by the Public Records Office Victoria (PROV) and its obligations under the Public Records Act (1973). We also produced a SharePoint Governance plan that supported decision making and risk management through any project rollout. This provides a tool for MCC to understand what it needs to keep highlighted as a risk moving forward with project rollout.
Melton City Council matured its broader understanding about the role of information and supporting digital technologies as key enablers to fulfilling its community mission and transforming its capabilities. As a follow up to this initial implementation of MS Teams, MCC engaged Information Professionals Group to advise of best practice and industry standards for its internal systems and capabilities regarding information management within the Office365 environment.
MCC addressed their risks and started capitalising on their Office365 investment. They matured their broader understanding about the role of information and supporting digital technologies as key enablers to fulfilling its community mission and transforming its capabilities.
Melton City Council