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Where Do You Draw the Lines Between Business and IT Ownership of Data and Information?

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I get many questions on this subject and it often turns into almost a religious debate. Let's throw some structure into it. Here's a decision-to-raw-data stack.

  1. Decisions
  2. Strategy
  3. Policies
  4. Objectives (e.g., clear understanding of what is driving revenue performance)
  5. Goals (e.g., achieve x% income growth)
  6. Calculated metrics (any combination, variation of the standard metrics or KPIs)
  7. KPIs (e.g., profitability, liquidity, shareholders value)
  8. KPMs (e.g., enterprise value, trailing/forward price/earnings)
  9. Metrics (e.g., fee income growth %, non fee income growth %)
  10. Dimensions (e.g., customers, customer segments, products, time, region)
  11. Pre-calculated attributes (standard, cross enterprise metrics, KPIs and KPMs)
  12. Pre-built aggregates (used to speed up reports and queries)
  13. Analytical data (DW, DM)
  14. Operational data (ERP, CRM, financials, HR)

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Comments (4)
Where do you believe the ownership of the definitions of the data sit? I'm firm believer that the business should own the business data (including the business rules associated with that data.
Posted by Nicola A | Tuesday, July 20 2010 at 4:47AM ET
I think metadata is one point (as pointed above) that can be added to the list. It would fall under the 7-9 category. That category ownership should be more of a very tightly co-ordinated / combined effort by both Business and IT.
Posted by Bhavin S | Tuesday, July 20 2010 at 10:07AM ET
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