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Governance is Relevant

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I have no problem, zero, bearing witness to righteous complaints and justified backlash to pandemic IT fads and boondoggles we've lived through in our business and technology careers. That experience is and should be built into our common sense.

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Comments (7)
Jim, thanks for continuing your focus on this important topic. I'm glad to see you dragging Ted and Rob into the debate. They've been the most vocal about the need for governance and the most articulate about why it is important.

What's clear to me is that the need for policies in this area is clear. What's not clear to me is what traditional IT continues to fight it- we have policies for HR, finance, operations, nearly every other part of the business. These policies are crucial in making sure everything runs according to regulations and good business practices. Imagine if there were no policies for finance? or HR? We might see the kind of bedlam only possible by our government (cheap shot) but policies drive practices, practices drive processes and processes drive performance. It's a simple A+B=C exercise.

In order for businesses to get the most out of their data, they have to govern it like any other area of the business so they can measure, monitor and comply. The end result is better business performance. That is why data governance should be at the top of the list.

Posted by Bill H | Wednesday, July 27 2011 at 10:30AM ET
It is interesting also that there is this fight with traditional IT. As data governors we fight the battle with the business AND with IT. It is difficult enough to influence the business to embrace data governance but then we are constantly fighting with IT because they want to deliver. Delivery, delivery, delivery is their rally cry. Kalido_CEO sums it up very well when he says that "the end result is better business performance." Tying that performance into data governance is key because you are then using the same impact in discussions with the business and IT.
Posted by Felix O | Wednesday, July 27 2011 at 11:24AM ET
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