Data governance is crucial to organizations in order to consolidate and safeguard the investments made in the data by an organization as a whole. A data governance program can take many forms and it can focus on topics like data definition and standards, data quality, privacy and security, data architecture and integration, and data warehousing. This interesting topic came to us from Information Management in their article, “Success with data preparation often tied to business intelligence.”

Depending on the level of maturity of your organization on those topics, the data governance program will help you to coordinate the efforts of the existing programs or help you to setup new programs in order to deal with those topics.

Data preparation leads to better analysis and decision-making. There are always limits to automation, but when you consider the traditional complexity of data integration, cleansing and other tasks, data preparation can empower business intelligence decisions and empower users.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.