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Ten Facets of Data Governance

In this video, Rob Karel, vice president of product strategy, Informatica, outlines the Informatica Data Governance Framework, highlighting the 10 facets that organizations need to focus on for an effective data governance initiative:

  • Vision and Business Case to deliver business value
  • People
  • Tools and Architecture to support architectural scope of data governance
  • Policies that make up data governance function (security, archiving, etc.)
  • Measurement: measuring the level of influence of a data governance initiative and measuring its effectiveness (business value metrics, ROI metrics, such as increasing revenue, improving operational efficiency, reducing risk, reducing cost or improving customer satisfaction)
  • Change Management: incentives to workforce, partners and customers to get better quality data in and potential repercussions if data is not of good quality
  • Organizational Alignment: how the organization will work together across silos
  • Dependent Processes: identifying data lifecycles (capturing, reporting, purchasing and updating data into your environment), all processes consuming the data and processes to store and manage the data
  • Program Management: effective program management skills to build out communication strategy, measurement strategy and a focal point to escalate issues to senior management when necessary
  • Define Processes that make up the data governance function (discovery, definition, application and measuring and monitoring).

For more information from Rob Karel on the Informatica Data Governance Framework, visit his Perspectives blogs.

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Non-Traditional Challenges To Achieving Data Quality

As another year comes to an end it seems like we are confronted with many of the same barriers that we faced years ago when it comes to positioning and achieving the “promise” of data quality.  So why has data quality been slow in gaining traction as a valued and integral part of the business operating model?  As data quality professionals, what can we do to overcome this inertia and advance the data quality culture?

Before we can attempt to answer these questions, we need to be able to recognize the challenges that are impeding our progress.  If you ask any data quality professional to identify the key data quality challenges that they face, the list will invariably include: lack of sponsorship, unclear ownership, environment complexity, high volumes, limited documentation, prohibitive cost, insufficient skills, inadequate tools, etc.  These are the “traditional” challenges that most everyone cites and they are certainly real.

However, in my experience over the last several years I have identified eight “non-traditional” challenges that I believe present an even greater barrier to data quality success.  My next four postings will discuss these challenges and some techniques for overcoming them.  Stay tuned.

Richard Trapp is the founder and Managing Partner of J Baron Group, LLC


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