In which Jill welcomes fall by pulling the cashmere sweaters out of the cedar-lined drawers, and a doing a little pep talk on everyoneâ€™s favorite topic.
Thereâ€™s a lot of interest in our experiences delivering data governance capabilites. But thatâ€™s not because our clients want to see us huddled in their hallways on Monday morning, our 1-pump double-shot Pumpkin Spice Lattes half gone (it is fall now, after all, and the frappuccinos are SO five weeks ago!), our laptops collectively warming up in anticipation of another fun-filled data governance workshop.
While I have a few different theories about the traction our data governance services are getting I believe the main reason is this: peopleâ€”usually IT peopleâ€”realize that in order to get business buy-in, they need to establish a common vocabulary around data governance. The kickoff-and-cold cuts approach to data governance that Iâ€™ve discouraged in the past doesnâ€™t give the IT visionaries either the credibility (â€śWhy are we in another meeting about data?â€ť) or the organizational authority (â€śIâ€™m not participating in this unless someone tells me I have toâ€ť) that it needs to engage business people in a sustained dialog about managing data as a corporate asset.
Indeed the common vocabulary is critical. And I donâ€™t mean explaining to end users for the ninth time why metadata is important or catching an executive in the break room long enough to expound on how the semantic web will change life as we know it. I mean introducing the concept of a data trustee council, discussing how decision rights work and why data quality should be measured according to business benefits.
As with any initiative that involves business and IT alignment (and data governance is by its definition business-driven and IT-enabled), introducing data governance into an organization requires missionary work. Maybe your internal team can begin proselytizing data governance. Maybe you can even link it to an active and high-profile initiative in your firm. Maybe your business users, driven by a little curiosity and perhaps even a double-shot latte, could simply use a nudge.
Posted October 24, 2007 8:15 AM
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