What if there wasn’t a single source of truth in corporate data after all? Many enterprises need to adapt to a ‘federated’ business reality in which many different sources of data exist and there is a growing need to collaborate externally around data.

In order to deal with this situation, and ultimately thrive on it, this requires the smart use of the next generation of Meta-Data Management, Master Data Management, virtualization and Business Process Management tools. They can deliver federated access to information, that soon may be spread across multiple 'Data Lakes'. Governance in this world is markedly different from traditional data warehouse centric approaches: it needs to be much more agile and more business focused but also needs to balance regulatory considerations and the need for free business collaboration.

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