by Angela Guess
Rob Karel of Informatica recently wrote, "No organization begins to implement a data governance program from an entirely blank slate; every organization likely has some capabilities to leverage. Determining an organization’s current level of data governance maturity is a useful and necessary first step in developing a customized plan that is both relevant and executable. So how do you assess your maturity? Well throw a rock in any direction and you’re likely to hit a software vendor, consulting company or industry analyst that offers a maturity model and assessment tool to support your data management and data governance efforts. Actually don’t throw rocks, you could hurt somebody. (Yes, we offer one too – more on that below)."
He goes on, "When I was the DI/DQ/MDM/DG analyst with Forrester I would frequently get inquiries from clients asking if I offered a data governance maturity model and assessment tool, sharing that they considered or tried other tools but weren’t satisfied with the options available. In reality many of these tools are useful – especially when considering the questions being asked – but what I’ve heard from practitioners and witnessed over the years is that many maturity assessments are overly complex, costly (when services-driven) or non-actionable. Don’t expect any tool to design a data governance plan or roadmap for you (unless you’re paying consultants to do just that). The goal of an assessment should be to provide input and direction steeped in best practice that your plan can leverage. Most maturity assessments can be valuable if you use properly – and with appropriately set expectations."
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