I have described three of the six environment management functions in the extended Corporate Information Factory in my last few columns. Quality management is the fourth function, and its purpose is to ensure that the data provided by the Corporate Information Factory meets its business users' quality expectations. Quality management is enhanced in enterprises that recognize data as an important asset that needs to be managed.

Data stewardship is the management responsibility over data. In addition to planning for data, its scope includes the business and technical processes that handle the acquisition, management and maintenance, distribution and disposal of data. While most of the responsibility for data stewardship rests in the business departments, some is within the scope of IT.

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