5 Days to a Data Maturity Model for Data Governance: Day 2


Welcome to day 2 in my series “5 Days to a Data Maturity Model for Data Governance”. Yesterday we talked about identifying the scope of your Data Governance Program, and particularly what data you’ll be applying your maturity model to.

As your first task, I posed the question, “What is the lowest maturity level you currently have for your in-scope data?” (see Day 1′s post on the Data Maturity Model here) In this post we’ll talk about what to do with that, as well as review a term I call the ‘natural data maturity model progression’.


Yesterday we looked at individual elements to identify the lowest level on our maturity scale. We are going to stay at this low level approach again today to see if we can identify any trends. What we are looking for here is if there are any natural progressions you can see in the data as it stands today. Starting from your lowest level, what is the next step-up in maturity that you already see? If your first level was “Unmodeled, No metadata, no idea what it is”, the next step you see in your data could be, “Its in our datamodel but we have no supporting information on it”.

So, as you see, there is a natural positioning already in place. One of your data elements isn’t even in your data model, another is. Right there you have two elements with two different positions in a maturity model. Now, what do you see after that level? It could be, “Its in our model, we have metadata that needs to be updated and verified”. At this point, we roughly see three levels in the maturity model that already exist, we’re just giving them names. Don’t worry about making your descriptions pretty yet, we’ll get to that because its an important step.

How many different maturity levels do you see in your data? That is your task today. Rather than creating a data maturity model and forcing your data to fit into it, we are letting the various stages the data is already in define the maturity path.


Tomorrow we’ll talk about defining the best case scenario and how many levels you should have!

  1. August 21st, 2007 at 21:47 | #1

    cool blog! thnx for dropping… anyway, you are a security pro?

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