Data Governance Office

The Data Governance Office is a collective representation of all of the tasks/groups within the Data Governance structure – both Stewards and Stakeholders included.  The Data Governance Office aims to bring the departments together with the goal of identifying, either proactively or reactively, certain data issues and resolve them with the help of the Data Stakeholders.

Some of the responsibilities of the DGO (Data Government Office) include:

  1. Standardize processes and methods to align with the corporate culture of the organization
  2. Identify a point-of-contact from each department that is affected, either directly or indirectly, by the data that is being standardized
  3. Build the Data Stewardship council
  4. Communicate effectively with the different lines of business within an organizational structure
  5. Monitors  trends and drivers and report them to the departments concerned
  6. Counter-check existing policies and procedures being carried out to the stakeholders
  7. Collect metrics and best practices and reports them to the departments concerned
  8. Provide communication updates to all departments concerned, including the Stakeholder council
  9. Come up with activities that will help ensure cohesiveness within departments
  10. Show the relevance of Data Governance in relation to the organization as a whole
  11. Keep a list/spreadsheet/database of all Data Governance issues

On the other hand, there are small scale companies that do not employ the use of a Formal DGO framework.  What they have is one that is relatively similar in concept, but is much smaller in terms of staffing. These are your jack-of-all-trade Data Analysts and Data Architects. However, for as long as tasks and responsibilities are aligned, it is not so much of a big deal if a formal DGO structure is not utilized.

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