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Author Archives: Gwen Thomas

Currently the Corporate Data Advocate at the World Bank Group's private sector arm (IFC, The International Finance Corporation), Gwen Thomas is the Founder of The Data Governance Institute and primary author of the DGI Data Governance Framework. Gwen has personally helped build Data Governance programs at the Federal Reserve System, Sallie Mae, Disney World, NDCHealth/Wolters Kluwer, American Express, Washington Mutual Bank (WaMu), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Wachovia Bank, Coors, and others. Gwen frequently presents at industry events and contributes to IT and business publications. She is the author of the book Alpha Males and Data Disasters: The Case for Data Governance.

Degrees of Separation from Value

Data Governance - Bags Of Money Showing ROI

  When starting any type of program, those who fund the work typically want to be reassured that they will receive value for their investment. Here is the challenge for those of us who run or participate in Data Governance ...

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Governance and Issue Resolution

One of the three most important jobs of a Data Governance program is to help resolve data-related issues. These may be conflicting data definitions, data usage concerns, or problems with how data is sourced, how it is integrated, how it ...

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Governance and Decision-Making

Remember our (long) definition for Data Governance? “Data Governance is a system of decision rights and accountabilities for information-related processes, executed according to agreed-upon models which describe who can take what actions with what information, and when, under what circumstances, ...

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Implementing Change Management

Most organizations have string change management – or at least change control – mechanisms for technology. They usually have change management for software applications. They have change management for websites. And yet, many organizations do not practice structured change management ...

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Engaging Stewards and Stakeholders

It seems like there are two types of Data Governance and Stewardship programs: 1) Thriving ones, with highly-engaged stakeholders, and 2) Ones whose futures are in question, since stakeholders and stewards are only sporadically involved or give only weak support ...

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Dealing With Politics

Should leaders of Data Governance programs get involved in corporate politics? That’s a trick question, because the truth is that it’s unavoidable. After all, politics are all around us. They affect what gets done, and who does it. They affect ...

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Governance Communications

At a Data Governance Conference in Orlando, Florida (USA) in December, 2006, a group of managers of successful Data Governance programs reached a startling consensus: They agreed that Data Governance is actually somewhere between 80 and 95% communications! How can ...

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Governance and Alignment

Data Governance is a balancing act. On the one hand, you need to exert control over how groups create data, manage data, and use data. On the other hand, you need to promote appropriate levels of flexibility. You need to ...

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Processes and Alignments

These topics address what you do when you’re doing Data Governance. I’ve started with high-level overviews of a few basic topics: Roles & Responsibilities, Alignment, Communications, Decision-Making, and Issue Resolution. Aligning Efforts Communicating Dealing with Politics Engaging Stewards and Stakeholders Implementing Change ...

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Governance Roles and Responsibilities

Who does what in a Data Governance program? First, a group of individuals (or a hierarchy of groups) representing a cross-section of stakeholder groups makes a set of rules in the form of policies, standards, requirements, guidelines, or data definitions. ...

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