In August, I talked about what a data management center of excellence (COE) is and what it can do for the company that chooses to build one. Now that everyone is (hopefully) excited about the potential benefits of a COE, I'd like to discuss a phased approach to building and implementing the COE.

Before we talk about building the COE, though, let's talk about what it should encompass. A truly enterprise-wide COE is not one dimensional. In other words, it's not solely concerned with keeping abreast of the latest tools and technologies. The scope of a comprehensive COE is much broader and spans the core services, functions, tools and metrics that the IT staff will use to select, prioritize, manage, deliver and execute its projects.

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