Data as an asset is important to organizations and more and more are realizing its value. Data governance is key because of the role data strategy plays in supporting the overall business strategy. Governing the data without compromising data security is crucial. DATAVERSITY brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Taking the Right Steps to Implement Data Governance and Data Stewardship.”

A successful data governance program focuses on data quality, standards management, policies, procedures, and accountability in alignment with business goals. Unfortunately, many forget about the culture of the data governance process. This means considering factors such as people, processes, and shared values, beliefs and norms.

Those starting on the road to data governance should make culture assessment a priority in the first phase of their efforts. In collaborative cultures, where harmony and team synergies take a front seat, data governance teams should think about conducting stakeholder analysis and building partnerships across different business units to drive necessary changes. Often these types of companies are service-oriented, such as in healthcare, and have more of a focus on short-term needs, like developing good patient experiences.

Melody K. Smith

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