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Governance: A Rulebook, Not a Playbook


It's been reassuring to see so much attention turned to data governance and its importance as a foundational mark of maturity. It says we're moving past our fixation on technology requirements to policies and controls to define and configure data for productive use.

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Comments (3)
Jim, not sure where you got your definition of data governance:

"As a set of policies and controls, governance is a rulebook for who owns data, who can access it and who can manipulate it. What governance is not -- and was never intended to be -- is a playbook for how effectively we use, or more appropriately, measure our effective use of data."

Our definition of data governance covers the use of data. Governance also includes data architecture, metadata management, SDLC (with embedded data governance best practices), as well as appropriate use of data and data quality. Much of this is not new. Some organizations have had these best practices in place for decades. I think the vendors have come to realize that organizations cannot effectively deploy their technology solutions without having some degree of data governance in place. Just like ERP system deployment "it's the people and processes" that determine success or failure.

Data governce is both a rule book and a playbook. Policies and processes (rules) and playbook - deployment and adoption.

Posted by Richard O | Wednesday, March 24 2010 at 2:52PM ET

Go check DAMA. Your definition of governance is, well, um, unique.

Not sure where *you* got it from...

Posted by Mark L | Wednesday, March 24 2010 at 4:20PM ET
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