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Focus Areas of Data Governance

Data Governance programs exist to meet specific needs, such as supporting Compliance, Business Transformation, and/or Business/Data Integration. As a result, there can be many different ‘flavors’ of Data Governance programs that focus on different initiatives. Here Gwen discusses topics that describe six common focus areas, the types of data they typically address, and what might be included in a charter for this type of program.

Focus Areas for Data Governance: Focus on Management Alignment

This type of program typically comes into existence when managers find it difficult to make “routine” data-related management decisions because of their potential effect on operations or compliance efforts. Managers may realize they need to come together to make collaborative ...

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Focus Areas for Data Governance: Focus on Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence (BI)

This type of program typically comes into existence in conjunction with a specific data warehouse, data mart, or BI tool. These types of efforts require tough data-related decisions, so organizations often implement governance to help make initial decisions, to support ...

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Focus Areas for Data Governance: Focus on Architecture / Integration

This type of program typically comes into existence in conjunction with a major system acquisition, development effort, or update that requires new levels of cross-functional decision-making and accountabilities.   What other types of groups and initiatives might want such a ...

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Focus Areas for Data Governance: Focus on Privacy / Compliance / Security

This type of program typically comes into existence because of concerns about Data Information Security controls, or compliance. Compliance, in this context, may refer to regulatory compliance, contractual compliance, or compliance with internal requirements. This focus is often seen combined ...

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Focus Areas for Data Governance: Focus on Data Quality

This type of program typically comes into existence because of issues around the quality, integrity, or usability of data. It may be sponsored by a Data Quality group or a business team that needs better quality data. (For example: Data ...

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Focus Areas for Data Governance: Focus on Policy, Standards, Strategy

   This type of program typically comes into existence because some group within the organization needs support from a cross-functional leadership body. For example, companies moving from silo development to enterprise systems may find their application development teams resisting the ...

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Focus Areas for Data Governance

  All Data Governance programs are not alike. Quite the contrary: programs can use the same framework, employ the same processes, and still appear very different. Why is this? It’s because of what the organization is trying to make decisions ...

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