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Data Governance: Cost of Doing Business?


In the past, we’ve looked at serious attention to data governance as a sign of data management maturity and success. And since it was on center stage with so much prioritized attention at our just-completed MDM & Data Governance Summit in New York, I have to ask the question:

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Comments (2)
Maybe people are not clear on the term governance. I found there are two levels of governance. One is more operations centric and worries about hitting SLAs and KPIs of things like data quality, controls and compliance. The other (more tru governance) worries about how to handle change in data practices. For example what process to follow if data security was breached, how to establish a clean team or how to handle a merger from a data perspective. Governance of the second type often needs an execution arm, as day to day resources are busy. It is this hidden cost outside day to day operations that really gets to organizations, and establishing true governance change processes and capabilities is seen as one step too far. The basic "data governance" covered under an operating model is no longer an issue in my view. Most companies accept this. The strategic value of haven the change governance is largely undiscovered.
Posted by chris b | Monday, October 22 2012 at 11:47AM ET
We are making mountains out of mole hills. Should DG be a line item? Well, is auditing or marketing? Maybe in a budget. But on the 10K? Nope. The issue isn't a budgeted line item because like any other governance, at some point it needs to disappear, be woven into the day-to-day business processes. DG is to IM as audit is to finance. Anne is a sharp cookie and delivers results, but by way of explanation the statistic is misleading. A SME doing 30% DG? No way. Maybe doing 30% information management,which is what I think Anne meant, but IM is not DG. The person telling them how to lean up the file and the policies to apply is doing DG. The pundits keep mixing IM with DG. e.g. Someone cleaning up a file is doing DG. THEY ARENT. They are doing IM. The analysts owe it to their clients to educate more clearly, and not muddle up the view by mixing metaphors. Actually, maybe they need to actually look at a bunch of DG programs that work. You will see a distinct separation of DG and IM functions.
Posted by John L | Monday, October 22 2012 at 2:04PM ET
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