Data governance is the overall management of the availability, integrity, and security of data used in an enterprise. At its core, data governance is corporate data policy compliance. This interesting information came to us from Tech Target in their article, “How data lineage tools boost data governance policies.”

Data policies can span an array of intents, including directives about data protection and data validation. A sound data governance program includes a governing body or council, a defined set of procedures and a plan to execute those procedures. Data stewards and data governance council members have many responsibilities and their role must not be overlooked. They solicit requirements from business consumers, as well as articulate data quality requirements, specify data quality metrics and develop approaches to measure data policy compliance.

Businesses benefit from data governance because it ensures data is consistent and trustworthy. The challenge is to bridge the gap between defining data governance policies and implementing them. This is where data lineage tools can be of great value.

Melody K. Smith

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