This is my first column on data governance strategy. In this column, I’ll attempt to lay out the primary components of a strategy and give you a starter kit for each one. This will allow you to tailor each component to your organization and then cobble together your own data governance strategy. Writers, lecturers and consultants in this field have different definitions of what constitutes data governance, and some will disagree with me on one point or another. That’s OK. I would expect you to take what is relevant for you and your organization and discard the rest. I’ll attempt to define any terminology that might be misinterpreted. This doesn’t mean that I have the only and correct definition, but at least you will know how I’m using the term. I strongly suggest you create your own glossary that you will share with your team, your stakeholders and your organization and put it up on your internal Web site. If you don’t like my definitions, change them, but try to use them consistently within your organization.

 

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