On May 28, industry experts, advisers and visionaries convened on Twitter to discuss trends in data governance during our bi-weekly #IMChat. Governance is an amorphous issue, the importance of which can be lost in business translation. With the rapid influx of social media data and “big data” in general, overlooking the governance details can be disastrous. What’s driving change in the data governance landscape? What’s the most important component of a data governance plan? And how do you measure your success (or lack thereof)?
Information Management Editor-in-Chief Julie Langenkamp-Muenkel (@JulieLangenkamp) moderated a lively chat which addressed all these questions and more.
What are the biggest drivers of change in the current data governance landscape?
@DnBUS: Compliance--and a changing regulatory landscape--is driving change in data governance.
@WhitneyAEden: Cloud & social have definitely brought their own unique challenges.
@azornes mentioned big data - How does big data impact data governance? What about social data?
@azornes: For many orgs, existing IT architectures are becoming obsolete & suffer from lack of support 4 Mobile, Social, Cloud & R/T Info trends
@DnBUS: With social, do you need a customer steward who understands social media privacy laws & regs? Golden records can get you in trouble.
How do you convince business of the importance of DG and need for full alignment w/ corporate governance?
@DnBUS: Horror stories are pretty compelling--demonstrate the disasters that can be avoided through good data governance.
What are the most important components of a data governance strategy & policy today?
@DnBUS: Data governance policies need to be open to discovering (& answering) new questions around unstructured data, modern platforms.
@azornes: in addition to"people, process & technology" mantra, enterprise needs degree of proactive/active/integrated MDM governance ...
@ReggieCLim: I think executive sponsorship
What are the biggest human-related challenges to DG, & how do you address them? How important is change management?
@WhitneyAEden: I think carefully-planned workshops are key. But, for everyone's sake, make them brief. No one needs another 3 hr meeting
How do you measure the success of your data governance program?
@azornes: *dilemma*=business users detest "governance" intrusion yet look @ raw # of people w/ "DataGovernance in job title past 3 years!
@DnBUS: How about measuring the governance process itself (defining, implementing & enforcing data policies)? Is it moving maturity?
How do you ensure your data governance program is sustainable?
@DnBUS: Collaboration + responsibility + accountability among biz process owners, data stewards, data managers.
@jgrecco13: Marketing and Data Management are collaborating more. We hold frequent meetings to ensure data meets changing needs.
Join us June 11th at 1PM ET for the #IMChat on data visualization.
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