Data Governance 101: Getting Started

April 14, 2015 Featured Articles

“You need executive buy-in and support,” says Rex Ahlstrom, chief strategy officer for BackOffice Associates, a data governance consultant. “How high up the food chain can you get? That will depend on a company. Maybe it’s the VP running a division or the CIO, but somewhere along the line you need the buy-in.”

Put to rest the notion you can just plug in a solution. “You can’t just buy it,” Ahlstrom says. “It needs to be a combination of the new processes you will have to implement, tying it into business value, and creating the right reporting structure so you can demonstrate a return and expand. You can’t solve this with technology alone. You have to start with the right people, the right processes, and the right organizational structure.”

Business owners “know what that data is used for and where it gets leveraged when they run those business processes,” Ahlstrom adds. “If business is not a stakeholder and owns this, IT really has no idea where to go or what to do.” He points to a Gartner statistic that shows how companies might bridge the gap between IT and the business: The research firm predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of companies will have a chief data officer . . .

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