Tag Archives: Data Stewardship

Baseline Data Governance With Peer Benchmarking

I’m excited to share that, since its launch in January 2013, the GovernYourData.com community has been very well received. With over 4,700 unique visitors and nearing 600 registered members, many data management practitioners recognize it as a valuable go-to resource to support their data governance efforts.  While maintaining our core objective of vendor- and product-neutrality, the site offers over 100 best practice blog posts from over 17 different contributors, shares the details on a dozen upcoming industry events, and has links to a wide variety of white papers, analyst research, recommended books, and other educational resources.  (more…)

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Helping Information Leaders Put Their Potential To Work

During Informatica World in early June, we were excited to announce our new Potential at Work Community.  You can read Jakki Geiger’s blog introducing the Community to learn more about the goals for this great resource.  (more…)

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Data Governance: How Immature Can You Be?

No organization begins to implement a data governance program from an entirely blank slate; every organization likely has some capabilities to leverage. Determining an organization’s current level of data governance maturity is a useful and necessary first step in developing a customized plan that is both relevant and executable.  So how do you assess your maturity?  Well throw a rock in any direction and you’re likely to hit a software vendor, consulting company or industry analyst that offers a maturity model and assessment tool to support your data management and data governance efforts.  Actually don’t throw rocks, you could hurt somebody.  (Yes, we offer one too – more on that below).  (more…)

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Data Governance Program Management: Herding Chickens – Really Important Chickens!

For the final facet of our data governance framework, I’ve intentionally saved Program Management for last.  I felt to fully demonstrate why your organization must invest in skilled program managers I should first introduce all the simultaneous moving parts that make up a comprehensive data governance strategy.  (For links to my posts deep diving into each facet, see my blog page). (more…)

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The Carrot and Stick Are Must-Haves in the Data Governance Toolbox

The next facet of our Data Governance Framework recognizes the key dependency any data governance-related effort has on change management.  No matter how compelling the vision and business case, making data a trusted corporate asset on par with your financial and people assets is a major culture shift for most organizations.

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Data Governance Measure & Monitor Processes Open a Window to Data and its Value

As mentioned in my post describing the major business processes that comprise a data governance function, the Measure and Monitor processes i) capture and measure the effectiveness and value generated from data governance and stewardship efforts, ii) monitors compliance and exceptions to defined policies and rules, and iii) enables transparency and auditability into data assets and their life cycle.  (more…)

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Data Governance Apply Processes Operationalize Human and Machine Roles

As mentioned in my post describing the major business processes that comprise a data governance function, the Apply processes aim to operationalize and ensure compliance with all the data governance policies, business rules, stewardship processes, workflows, and cross-functional roles and responsibilities captured through the Discover and Define process stages. (more…)

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Data Governance Define Processes Capture Business Policies, Rules and Standards

As mentioned in my post describing the major business processes that comprise a data governance function, the Define processes documents data definitions and business context associated with business terminology, taxonomies, relationships, as well as the policies, rules, standards, processes, and measurement strategy that must be defined to operationalize data governance efforts. This process runs parallel and is iterative to the Discover process stage as Discovery drives Definition, and Definition drives more targeted focus for Discovery(more…)

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Data Governance Discover Processes Assess and Scope Your Environment

As mentioned in my post describing the major business processes that comprise a data governance function, the Discover processes capture the current state of the organization’s data lifecycle, dependent business processes, supporting organizational and technical capabilities, as well as the state of the data itself. Insights derived from these steps are leveraged to define the data governance strategy, priorities, business case, policies, standards, and the ultimate future state vision.  This process runs parallel and is iterative to the Define process stage as Discovery drives Definition, and Definition drives more targeted focus for Discovery. (more…)

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The Process Stages of Data Governance

To truly manage data as a valued enterprise asset, data governance must be managed as a business function like finance or human resources.  A finance function is comprised of multiple core business processes such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and financial planning.  So to manage data governance as a function, what are the core business processes that comprise data governance? (more…)

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