Doing More with Less

I got an email after my post on Tuesday about working with your Data Modelers. It was from a guy who works at a mid-size company that runs pretty lean, meaning he doesn’t have much support from the IT staff because they are busy on other projects. He said he didn’t have data modeling tools at his disposal, so how can he track his Data Governance Program for the long-term?

I thought about this for a while. I’m so used to a large corporation where there are lots of tools and resources available (although they aren’t waiting for you to ask them to do something) so I had to think about this one for a bit…. What would I do if I was in his situation?

I thought back about when I first started the Data Governance program at my company. We didn’t have a ton of support, a ton of staff, or any of the tools best suited for Data Governance… but, I found a way to use what we had to at least launch the campaign. Bonnie O’neil’s rule of “Use what you have lying around” certainly comes into play.

So, in this case, if the scope was already determined, I’d track everything in the best tool I had at the moment. If that means MS Excel or Access, that is what I’d use. You can always switch to something later if the funds become available, but you don’t want to just choose not to track, record, and document just because you don’t have the best tools out there.

If you show a high success rate very early on with almost no overhead, you will certainly get noticed and you’ll have experiences that many in the Data Governance area do not have because they’ve always had the fancy tools. You’ll have solid ‘in the weeds’ experience on how to build a Data Governance Program from the ground up.

  1. August 30th, 2007 at 18:20 | #1

    Someone without access to a data modeling tool might want to go the open source route with something like DBDesigner 4 from Information available at

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