Data Governance is different from Data Management. Data Governance
has both an 'above-the-line' component, and a 'below-the-line' component.
Above The Line Data Governance
Data Governance starts at the top of the business by sanctioning
data and making policies and decisions around data. This includes:
- How to form data
- Who can use data
Below The Line Data Governance
Below-the-line data management
is the day to day tactics that support the formation of data policies
Data Governance Programs
Too often, organizations embarking on formal data governance programs
fail to ensure they have the ability to support it. If the data
management capability is not in place before rollout of any BI
applications, then there will be no-one on the ground to execute
data policies, with the end result of governance in a vacuum –
no one enabling these decisions.
So before starting any BI initiative, assess where the organisation
is with data management and governance – and their willingness
of funding additional headcount for DA or data stewards. This absolutely
needs to happen.
Premature starting of data governance fails and then BI and Data
Governance both get a bad reputation.
Data Governance needs to extend beyond BI into operational data
integration through management
of master data.
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