Don’t Boil the Data Governance Ocean

In a recent blog post, a Forrester analyst suggested that organizations should create a combined program for “information governance” that would cover governing both data and content. The premise is that there should be enough common ground and similarities in the two governance programs such that organizations can create “an information governance framework that will address both their structured and unstructured information [which] requires that the appropriate IT and business roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and that stakeholders from both IT and business are in agreement with the design and implementation efforts for an effective information governance strategy.” Read more

Get it Done, Right, the First Time (or at least from now on)

I recently read a great blog by Aaron Zornes, “Go Governance, Go Early”, in which Aaron called out the need for the discipline of a Master Data Governance to coincide with the deployment of an MDM solution. I couldn’t agree more! Read more

Lost in Translation

Recently, I wrote about treating a data process as the business process that it truly is.  The premise was that we must look at data management processes in a more structured way.  By spotting repeatable patterns and looking for opportunities to automate some of the mechanical aspects of the process, we can create opportunities to optimize process and improve performance. Read more

A Data Process is a Business Process

Businesses have long sought to optimize core business processes to ensure maximum business performance.  IT departments have supported the cause by building systems to automate many of the mechanical aspects of these processes ensuring repeatable, efficient execution of operations.  These same IT departments, however, have continued to use traditional labor-intensive methods of building many of the key components needed to support the rapidly growing and changing face of the business. Read more

The Fall Governance Classic

As I sit and watch the unbelievable talent during the World Series (even though my beloved Tampa Bay Rays didn’t make it to the fall classic), I can’t help but think of what it means to compete at that level.  Watching the flaming MPH indicator every time one of these pitchers throws above 95MPH (and how frequently they do so) is unreal.  Trying to hit a round ball off a round bat thrown at nearly 100MPH from only 60 feet 6 inches away is one of the hardest things to do in all of sports.  So, speed is surely the primary factor here – or is it? Read more

The Road to Data Governance Maturity: Where Are We?

Yesterday, we released a comprehensive report analyzing “The State of Data Governance Maturity.” Based on results from more than 200 people who have taken Kalido’s Data Governance Maturity Assessment, the report highlights the issues we find hindering the success of data governance programs. We’ve grouped those issues under three headlines. Read more

Minding your P’s and Q’s (Process and Quality)

Yesterday, I was reviewing some new work by the Kalido team around our Data Governance product; the effort is focused on bringing to the forefront both data quality and process quality in order to improve business performance.  It’s impressive because for the first time I can see how my data quality directly impacts the steps in the business process. What’s even more impressive is I can show what happens to my business process when I improve data quality. That directly correlates to business process efficiency and gives the business process owner the ability to target specific process steps or data sources. Read more

Top 2 Advise for Making Data Governance Sustainable

Establishing a data governance program is not easy: a company I talked to recently is now trying to do it again, hoping that the third time is charm. Read more

You’ve defined your data governance program, so what?

So you have a data governance program. Congratulations! Now you’re probably thinking about how you can measure the state of data governance in your enterprise moving forward. Perhaps you’ve compile a list of questions:

  • How many layers of escalation are built into the framework?
  • How many permanent council members versus virtual team members are engaged in the program?
  • What percentage of time do data stewards spend on data governance activities?

The truth is there are dozens of similar questions that can be asked to assess the state of the state, but the only one that really matters is whether the data governance program is proving its value and driving better business results. Read more

Bad data made me go digital

So, I have to admit it: Like most people, I’m a creature of habit. When I realized I was getting to the end of my trusty National® Brand 150-page lined account book (known to most people as a notebook), I fired up my browser to buy some replacements. Unfortunately, the company where we buy office supplies from carries something similar, but not identical. So I left the confines of our approved suppliers and found my product. I ordered 2, and selected 3-day shipping. Read more