As data governance becomes increasingly part of the business (rather than an offshoot of IT), it must proactively seek to build links with other areas of the enterprise.

Two paradigms dominate the IT mindset: the drive to build and maintain a technical environment; and reacting to requirements provided by business users.  Neither of those paradigms involve proactively engaging with other areas of the business, and to the extent that data governance was conceived in IT, it must discard these paradigms. Instead, data governance must actively seek out partnerships with other areas of the business, and present a vision of synergies that can benefit the enterprise as a whole. One of the most important of these business areas is the legal department.

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