In school, you got an "A." In golf, it's a par. With your sales forecast,it's a defined set of numbers or a big account won. In most things personal and in business it's pretty easy to tell when you get it right. With goals that are less familiar you ask yourself, "How do I know if I'm doing this right; how do I know if I'm achieving my goals?" For companies trying to implement data governance programs, those kind of questions get asked - a lot.

Data governance programs are as unique as the companies that implement them. However, the frameworks for data governance programs are actually pretty similar for each implementation. There are certain foundational components on which governance is built. I'm going to briefly describe each component and then describe how that component looks when it's being properly managed. In other words, we're going to describe what "right" looks like.

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