Data governance. It's not exactly the most scintillating topic. However, exciting or not, data governance - the process by which you manage the quality, consistency, usability, security and availability of your organization's data - is a critical subject that you should address sooner rather than later.

If your organization is like most, your information architecture consists of many applications and databases that may or may not be integrated properly according to your ever-changing information needs. In this scenario, data governance is even more important. Unfortunately, many organizations don't have a data governance strategy in place. Therefore, knowledge-workers within the organization often don't have the data they need when they need it to do their jobs. What's more, when they do have the data, it's often of poor quality.

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