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How to Effectively Kick-Off a Data Governance Program

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Kickoff teamby Angela Guess

Janani Dumbleton of Computing recently wrote, “Data governance – the process of planning, monitoring and enforcing the management of data assets – is a key component of long-term data quality (and, therefore, long-term organisational success). It helps to ensure that data is captured accurately and that this accuracy is maintained, no matter how long it is stored for, to avoid the expense of repeated data quality initiatives. So why are so many organisations still shying away from a proper data governance structure when it makes such obvious business sense in an ever-more data-driven world? It all comes down to responsibility: without a single person (or department) in charge of a proper governance programme, it will invariably flounder.”

Dumbleton continues, “While some organisations are starting to create data quality roles and departments, there are few with a similar set up for data governance. And, without this structure to report and feed back into, those responsible for data quality will frequently be cast in the role of fire fighter.”

Dumbleton goes on, “While there is no one size fits all approach, there are certain elements of a data governance framework that can be applied across the board. (1) Policy: A clear statement from a suitably senior and relevant C-level leader that your organisation requires proper data governance is a pre-requisite for building up the support for any initiative on a long-term basis (rather than it occasionally being ‘flavour of the month’). (2) Processes: It is essential to have clearly defined and documented processes (and associated deliverables) in place, setting out how things such as data quality reporting and data quality issue management should be handled.”

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