Slideshow Don’t Make These Data Governance Mistakes

  • June 05 2012, 5:38pm EDT
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Setting Up a Governance Council

Establishing a data governance council can be a well-intentioned goal, but one that lacks executive support and direct action on data, writes expert Steven Adler in his blog for InfoGov Community. “At the end of the day, this is still a hierarchical power structure that costs time and money to organize and that resource can be better spent on easier targets.”

Relying on a Data Model Alone

Using a data model as a guide to systems development and to generate data quality reports is both valid and productive, but that alone leaves an “incomplete implementation” of governance on behalf of business owners, says Steve Yeager. A data model doesn’t capture all data requirements of business owners and misses process requirements for managing data as it relates to the business decision process.

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Taking a One-Size-Fits-All Approach

“Not all business data has the same value and, therefore, not all business data needs to be managed with strong business leader involvement. In practice, about 20-to-30 percent of a company’s business data is critical and strategic,” state Maria Villar and Theresa Kushner. “Data governance is the data management activity that ensures the company’s most critical and strategic business data is acquired, created, updated, deleted and stored with proper processes, policies and people.”

Marching Ahead without Verifiable Data

Editorial Director Jim Ericson writes: “[M]ore enterprises are dead serious about creating and using data they can trust and verify. It’s a simple equation. Data that isn’t properly owned and operated can’t be used for regulatory work, won’t be trusted to make significant business decisions and will never have the value organizations keep wanting to ascribe it on the balance sheet. We now know instinctively that with correct and thorough information, we can jump on opportunities, unite our understanding and steer the business better than before.”

Understating the Business Case

Governance plans are expected to expand through more enterprise initiatives for lifecycle management, mobile adoption and security through 2016, bringing along more governance initiative stakeholders, according to Gartner. But to make these efforts successful, governance spending will have to expand to five times their current levels, which means IT will have champion the value – and accompanying price tag – of enterprise governance, the research firm stated in a recent report.

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Assuming a Framework Means Completion

Jim Harris, data quality analyst and blogger, writes that too often there is a feeling that governance frameworks “complete” an initiative. “There is truly no last piece of the puzzle, since data governance is an ongoing program because the business world constantly gets jumbled up by change.”

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