Data Governance


Data governance refers to the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, and security of the data employed in an enterprise. A sound data governance program includes a governing body or organization (commonly referred to as a DGO), a defined set of procedures, and a plan to execute those procedures.

Data Governance offers unique challenges for corporations. Unfortunately many corporations enter the realm of establishing a DGO without having the full and complete understanding of the needs and demands for a properly functioning DGO. DGO's need to have a balanced understanding of global vs. local demands and needs. The DGO needs to reflect how the systems are leveraged by the corporation. The extent and authority of the DGO also needs to be fully understood. There is a constant tension within a corporate body between the reporting needs and the operational needs. How these get reconciled is important and part of the DGO. The DGO is distinct in purpose than that of the PMO however they may have some common objectives.

Data Governance ensures that the data and processes reflect that actual needs of the corporation and provide a means of actively sustaining both active and passive data governance. The DGO should be able to determine an asset value to the corporation. The DGO has ownership responsibility for the data and has membership throughout the rank and file of the corporation. The DGO drives the sense of value in quality data. A mature DGO has the ability to lead process changes to assure the enterprise reflects the true operational business needs.

Data Governance organizations have the ability to ensure a continuous improvement in the quality of the data and the processes that are impacted by that data. Novius Group can assist in guiding your enterprise in assessing, improving, or monitoring your Data Governance needs.