The challenges of instituting data governance for master data management in a single enterprise are manifold, as anyone assigned to manage the task can relate. And, when policies and enterprise standards are expressed as goals, they inevitably run into existing ways of working at the departmental and line of business levels.

Governance takes negotiation and perseverance. Throw a corporate merger into the picture, as was the case not long ago for Express Scripts and MEDCO - companies that deal with pharmacy benefits and services for consumers through employers and plans – and it might seem that much harder. 

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