Data Governance Tools


As with any kind of industry, it is extremely critical for every business owner to be able to manage data efficiently and effectively. Data governance tools play a critical role in the organization because of its ability to help cut back on labor and eradicating manual processes through the use of integrated computer and software applications.

Contrary to popular belief, data governance has been around for the past few decades. It is only but recently that more people have begun to appreciate what it can bring to their business. Because of the threat of recession and budget losses, company owners have really taken the effort to find ways on how to improve on business results. Data governance used to be an option, but it was not necessarily always the first choice to consider. This was because it was very expensive to avail of data governance services in the past. Today, this type of application is now very easy to use and will be applicable in any part of the region.

If you are still confused about the tools that you can use to aid in data governance, one of the most basic examples would be the automation of specific processes. One classic example would be invoice processing. Being able to generate bills for your customers and clients in a more effective way does not only eliminate the need for more staff to do manual work. It also decreases the chances of error because of the use of a computerized application system. Data gathering is also one advantage that is brought about by these data governance tools. All you need is a specific point of contact that can look after the maintenance of these resources and you are good to go.

Do not be deceived by those advisors who will tell you that data governance will not be a good investment. Read more about these tools and you can surely enjoy the benefits of faster, better and more efficient processes!

Finding a Good Data Governance Job


I often help friends of mine who are looking for jobs in Data Governance by connecting them with colleagues, clients, former co-workers, and other industry professionals.  One think I hear quite often is how hard it is to find good jobs online.  I decided to do a bit of searching to see what the online job search landscape was like, and I paid particular attention to jobs in the data management industry.

The first thing I noticed was the large number of scams there are on these job boards.  I see a large number of work-from-home scams, ‘get your bachelors degree in 3 months’ type scams, and all around fake looking job posts.  It seemed that no matter where I looked, I found stuff like this – CareerBuilder, Monster, HotJobs, Indeed, etc.  The one place I had good luck with finding real jobs while cutting through the garbage is Jobfox. The Jobfox Scam policy ensures that spam and other bad stuff stays out of their listings.  You can read a bit more about the the lengths they go to to ensure that their listings stay clean and reliable at their mini-site dedicated to the issue, JobfoxScam.com.

In terms of high-quality job listings in data management, I found the largest number at CareerBuilder.  Bear in mind that largest number does not mean the best; many that were listed there were old, mis-categorized, or unattractive to real data governance practitioners.  Again, I found great success with the jobs that Jobfox ‘matched’ me with. Their process made it easy to just see jobs relevant to me, without having to sort through junk.  Monster had a fair number of data management jobs, but at the time I searched, none of them were specifically for data governance.  For the fortunate few who have security clearances, there are some very high-quality data management jobs listed at ClearanceJobs.com; only a small minority of people qualify for these jobs, but if you do have a clearance you stand a very good chance of getting the job because of the diminished competition from other candidates.

All-in-all, I think that the old advice of “its not what you know, its who you know” holds true for finding a job.  My first advice for a job seeker would be to really examine their personal network, and their connections networks.  LinkedIn is great for this, and if you aren’t already active on it, get started now!  There are certainly some good jobs listed online, but be prepared to sort through lots of scams, spam, and junk to find descent positions, and expect a lot of competition for those jobs.