Q:  

We have a data warehouse, a corporate data policy and a data management strategy. We have a user group (DUG) which approves all changes to administered corporate data. We need to restructure the DUG due to changing business directions. The scope of the DUG is to provide a forum for discussion, approval and communication of all additions and changes to administered corporate data. It is my responsibility to ensure that the user group requesting the data change is brought to the DUG. My question is: What are the "best of class" corporations doing in this area?

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Sid Adelman's Answer: If you don't have it already, you need a charter for the DUG. You need to determine and document their roles and responsibilities and what authority they have to make decisions and set priorities. To get the right people and right level of people, there needs to be something in it for them. What do you expect them to get from attending these meetings? You are going to have to sell participation in this group as something that will make a contribution to the attendees and their departments.

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