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Data Governance: It’s Your Business Processes, Stupid…

by Jodee Hale-Schmid

July 15, 2010

Authored by Jim Whyte, Director of Solutions Consulting, Utopia, Inc.

Data governance is 80% people and process and only 20% on technology.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge proponent of leveraging technology to enforce and sustain data integrity and business rule compliance – but technology (e.g. data profiling, standardization, enrichment, duplication, MDM, and data integration) alone won’t get you where you need to go. You have to change long-term behavior if you are going to sustain a data governance program and the place to do that is within your business processes.

Data governance and MDM are organization-wide programs. What we are attempting to do is instill best practices with regard to data maintenance and data management optimized for the benefit of the entire organization.
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