Data Stewards & Data Governance

A Data Governance team banks on its credibility to effectively handle data and ensure that the quality of data is flawless.  These responsibilities aren’t easy to perform, hence the need to make use of Data Stewards.   Data come from many sources – in the form of internal and external customers as well as 3rd party vendors and providers.  The amount of data gathered from all of these sources can very quickly become overwhelming.  This is where the role of the Data Stewards come into play.  Data Stewards are usually people that assume collateral duties of managing data in addition to their other roles (which could be doing any other types of tasks anywhere in the enterprise).

In some cases, the Data Stewardship group within an organization is composed of the Data Stakeholders themselves.  These Data Stewards ensure that data-related decisions are carried out in a way that doesn’t conflict with another person or entity within the organization.   Aside from technical skills, a Data Steward should also have a clear, crisp way of communicating issues and ideas and will be responsible for ensuring that any ambiguities in the data are removed.

Responsibilities of a Data Steward include:

  1. Data Stewards must see to it that the data being carried out doesn’t overlap any existing, contradicting data within the organization
  2. Data Stewards are always on the look out for possible errors in the structure.
  3. Data Stewards must help ensure that the data is error-free.
  4. Data warehousing is one of the key roles of a Data Steward.
  5. Data Stewards ensure consistency of data. They maybe one level below the Data Governance board, but these stewards also play a big role in data decision-making.

In a large enterprise, it is not sufficient that a single Data Steward is employed.   It usually takes a team of experts in their respective fields to come up with a successful Data Stewardship council.

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