The KIT No. 19 started off with an article about a Sharepoint usage and governance survey, which elicited feedback from two Schlumberger people I used to work with. Both remarked that with 28 out of 233 respondents saying that their Sharepoint environment was "out of control," this should have hardly been spun into an attention-grabbing headline.
For people used to exchanging Excel and Word documents by e-mail, Sharepoint offers at least an organized and versioned repository. Going further, Michael Moody wrote that he likes having a platform to create project spaces for himself as well as a collaboration environment for his team. The fact that IT provides the platform but does not control the applications he creates is, to Michael, the perfect level of control -- or lack thereof. Similarly, the second reader wrote that "Sharepoint the platform certainly needs strong governance, what users produce with this platform does not."
The last point is subtle and can easily be misinterpreted. A lightweight catalog of user-generated applications can lower the risks of duplicate designs as well as disruptions during upgrades. Still, the distinction made by these two readers is useful; thank you both for these your constructive feedback.