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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 program focus? Enterprise initiatives such as

      • A move to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), with its need for well-governed data
      • A new focus on Metadata
      • A Master Data Management (MDM) initiative
      • Enterprise Data Management (EDM)
      • Business Process Reengineering (BPR)
      • Standardization on platforms
      • Changes to systems due to new business focus or Merger and Acquisitions activity

A charter for this type of program may hold Data Governance and Stewardship participants accountable to:

      • Ensure consistent data definitions
      • Support architectural policies and standards
      • Support Metadata Programs, SOA, Master Data Management, Enterprise Data Management (EDM)
      • Bring cross-functional attention to integration challenges
      • Identify stakeholders, establish decision rights, clarify accountabilities


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About 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.