MDM Architectural Styles: Domains Matter

In a previous blog I discussed the four primary MDM architectural styles: consolidated, registry, coexistence, and transactional. In case you missed it, read it here: MDM Architecture Styles – Do you have the right mix? Each has their individual strengths and weaknesses, but no single MDM architectural style is ideal for every application.  Read more

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

Data Governance Should Not Be a Clandestine Effort

A few months ago, I talked about data governance with a data architect at a large retailer. He had built the rough outline of what’s in Kalido Data Governance Director — in Excel! Needless to say our views are pretty much aligned. When I asked him how he intended to roll out his Excel framework, he smiled and said, “I’m doing data governance by stealth.” Clandestine data governance. Read more

A Tale of Two Bens

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

– Benjamin Disraeli

By way of introduction, I should probably tell you that plowing through information gets me sort of excited.  My wife will tell you that this is not normal. Maybe it’s a mutated gene that all analysts have.  The only thing that might get me salivating even more is a really well-defined and documented process. My wife will tell you that this goes beyond not being normal and crosses into the realm of wonkish-ness. Show me something that puts information and process in harmony and you may see me go into some dervish like frenzy.  Now you have the reason I got so excited with Kalido that I had to come be a part of it.  Thankfully she doesn’t find that weird at all. Read more

Measuring data governance programs

Assessing the impact of any program or initiative requires measurement of outcomes to determine progress toward objectives.  While this may be a blinding glimpse of the obvious, we have to ask ourselves “what is the desired outcome that we want to achieve” before we can decide what to measure and how to measure it.  This is especially true in regard to data governance programs.  When we think about measuring the effectiveness of data governance programs, we can think about it across multiple dimensions. Each of these dimensions provides insight into a different aspect of the enterprise that the program touches. Read more

United States Constitution and Data Governance

In 1787, there was such a thing called “The United States of America”, but it didn’t have a lot of power. The real power was held by the 13 former colonies, or states, each of which is a sovereign nation with its own laws, currency, and taxes. The United States of America was formed 6 years before that, driven by the need to fight a common enemy: Great Britain. So it had an army. Plus, it could negotiate treaties with other countries. But that was about the extent of its power. Read more

Organizational Structure Underpins Data Governance

Several years ago, I spent a wonderful week in São Paulo to help a customer answer a simple question: three data warehouses, or one? Read more

Why Do We Need Another Data Governance Maturity Model?

About a month ago, we announced the Kalido Data Governance Maturity Model. Right after that, we got an email from a concerned analyst. He asked, “Why do we need another data governance maturity model? And are you getting into the consulting business and competing with us?” Read more

Driving Data Governance Past Cultural Roadblocks

Recently, I wrote about getting caught in such data governance traps as pursuing quality for the sake of quality and imposing change on an organization without considering the cultural impact. In this post, I’ll explore the issue of corporate culture and what it takes to overcome barriers to change. Read more

How to Tame Big Bad Data

One of my kids’ favorite books is the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, which upends the classic tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. There’re good lessons in it relevant to data management. Read more