Where do I start?

I came across an interesting Q&A article with Ravi Shankar, Director of Product Marketing at Siperian. The questions were about Master Data Management and Data Governance (or what they call Master Data Governance). His answer to the question, ‘What is Data Governance?’ is quite nice…

Siperian calls it “Master Data Governance”, and we define it as “the orchestration of people, policies, procedures and technology to manage enterprise data availability, usability, integrity and security for business process efficiency and compliance.”

They go on to ask him how an organization can start data governance without being overwhelmed. I think he makes a nice point that data governance should not be applied to all data… it is too expensive and time consuming to do that.

My thought is that before you ever start data governance, you need to figure out why you need data governance. What data is most important? What data is being abused? If you put the answers to these two questions in a Venn Diagram, the place where it overlaps is likely a good start for the scope.

You can read the full (brief) article here.

  1. m dunkley
    February 5th, 2008 at 20:15 | #1

    What do you mean by “abused”?

  2. February 15th, 2009 at 23:15 | #2

    By abused I just mean data fields that are used or defined in different ways across the organization.

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