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How to Map Data Governance Policies to Business Processes

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Business process management and data governance are beginning to converge. Data governance practitioners need to take advantage of this trend for the following reasons:

  • Address data at the source – Data stewards can use data profiling tools and data quality scorecards to uncover issues with the underlying data. However, the intelligent use of BPM tools can help data stewards reach back into upstream processes to fix data quality issues at the point of creation.
  • Focus data stewardship efforts – The data governance program will have a higher probability of success if it focuses on a high impact business process and a handful of critical attributes.
  • Sell the value of data governance to the business – The business may say that IT owns the data, but they will never say that IT owns the business process. So starting from the business process is a good way to engage business users around data governance.

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Comments (1)
Sunil - this is very similar to the approach that we have been taking with our clients over the last several years. It just makes sense. In our case, we advocate starting one level above the process - that is, at a measureable outcome of that process - in particular, choosing a metric that is indicative of overall process health and represents a financial impact. Then assessment of policy compliance can be run alongside of process performance to determine the efficacy of your policies.
Posted by Mike W | Friday, November 30 2012 at 2:34PM ET
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