IDG Contributor Network: Data governance: the start of something wonderful
Often, when people think of data governance, they think of data quality management. It’s true – data governance enables data quality management. However, there are many enterprise data management capabilities that can be so much more successful with a robust data governance operating model in place. Below, I identify several EDM initiatives and describes how data governance supports them.
- Metadata management
- Regulatory compliance
- Master data management
- Data quality management
- Data lifecycle management
- Overall enterprise data management
First of all, what’s a “robust data governance operating model?” The foundational elements for a data governance operating model include confirmed executive sponsorship, a defined organization with roles and responsibilities (and accountabilities) assigned, a charter that defines the scope of the data governance capability (which could expand over time), communication and training plans defined and developed by role, and a set of consistent policies and procedures that describe the people, process and technology aspects of the data governance program in scope.