Data governance is one of the biggest issues within departments looking at data today. With the much publicized hacks of companies like Sony and Target, organizations are realizing that in order to excel in the data landscape, one must look at your governance programmes.
The success of these programmes comes down to more than simply putting it in place, but takes significant work through both personnel and technology in order for it to work effectively.
So how should this be done?
The first thing is to make sure that management are supporters of the governance initiatives. Arguably, middle management are more important than senior management as they will be the main points of contact who will be driving the changes amongst designated teams.
Once you have buy in from this level of management, they can then become champions of the new initiatives, meaning that they have the opportunity to sell the idea to a wider variety of people.
Prioritization will also become important amongst this group of management as they will generally be directing workflow. This is important simply because data governance can be both time consuming and expensive. Having people who understand what should be done and when, will be the key to giving this investment of manpower and resources the best return.
Making sure that data is both clean and fit for use will be one of the most important aspects of any data governance programme too, which simply cannot be based purely on the work of employees; it needs technology.
Therefore looking at technologies that provide the best value for money whilst also creating the best quality of work will mean that governance will be most effective. When looking at technological solutions, the balance needs to be made between cost and effectiveness. As with all things, the most expensive is not always the best and the cheapest will not always do an adequate job.
This requires both a knowledge of what you want to achieve and a product knowledge to assess which will work better for your business.
The virtues of any technology are also about more than just undertaking a task effectively, it will also make getting buy in from others within the company becomes considerably simpler. If a tool is easy to use, then people are far more likely to be happy using it.
Ultimately, the core pillar of a successful data governance programme is the ability to make the most of your data. This comes from the collaboration of people and technology, therefore gaining effective buy in and combining this with the best technology for effective governance is the only way to achieve this.