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Create a Data Management Roadmap

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Contributors

  • Michael Blaha, Consultant and Author, Patterns of Data Modeling
  • David Birmingham, Senior Solutions Architect, BrightLight Consulting
  • Mario Cantin, Chief Data Strategist, Prodago
  • Nancy Couture, Delivery Enablement Lead, Datasource Consulting
  • Mehrdad Novin, Senior Data Architect/Modeler Consultant
  • Martin Sykora, Director, NexJ Analytics
  • Kirti Shetty, Data Quality Business Delivery Manager, TD Canada Trust
  • Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D, Board of Directors, DAMA International
  • John Talburt, Chief Data Scientist, BlackOak Analytics
  • Effective data management requires a cross-functional approach that engages both the business and IT.
  • Despite the growing focus on data, many organizations struggle to develop an effective strategy for managing their data assets.
  • Effective data management is more than just a technical solution. It requires a change in culture from the business and investments in resourcing, technology, and process.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Data management is not one size fits all: Cut through the noise related to data management and create a strategy and process that is right for your organization.
  • Take a data-oriented approach: People stop thinking about data and the “art of the possible” when you bring up business functions. Maintain a data focus during a project’s planning, delivery, and evaluation stages.

Impact and Result

  • Use this blueprint’s approach and roadmap results, to support your organization in building a practice that prioritizes plans and actions that best address opportunities for managing business risk and value.
  • Create a culture of collaboration that will allow the plans and visions for your data management practice to maintain momentum and be sustained over the long term.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should create a plan for establishing a business-aligned data management practice. Review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

2. Plan for the future

Create a roadmap for your data management practice that aligns to your organization’s current needs for data and its vision for how it wants to use data over the next 3-5 years.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Align with the business

Call #1 - Identify what data management means for the organization.
Call #2 - Discuss the business’s strategic plans and establish a business context for data management.
Call #3 - Determine data strategies.

Guided Implementation #2 - Plan for the future

Call #1 - Discuss the results of the data management evaluation.
Call #2 - Plan initiatives for data management.
Call #3 - Create a roadmap and discuss next steps.

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Module 1: Develop Data Strategies

The Purpose

  • Understand the business’s vision for data and the role of the data management practice.
  • Determine business requirements for data.
  • Map business goals and strategic plans to create data strategies.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of business’s vision for data
  • Unified vision for data management (business and IT)
  • Identification of the business’s data strategies

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Establish business context for data management.

  • Practice vision
1.2

Develop data management principles and scope.

  • Data management guiding principles
1.3

Develop conceptual data model (subject areas).

  • High-level data requirements
1.4

Discuss strategic information needs for each subject area.

1.5

Develop data strategies.

  • Data strategies for key data assets
1.6

Identify data management strategies and enablers.

Module 2: Assess Data Management Capabilities

The Purpose

  • Determine the current and target states of your data management practice.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clear understanding of current environment


Activities

Outputs

2.1

Determine the role and scope of data management within the organization.

  • Data management scope
2.2

Assess current data management capabilities.

  • Data management capability assessment results
2.3

Set target data management capabilities.

2.4

Identify performance gaps.

Module 3: Analyze Gaps and Develop Improvement Initiatives

The Purpose

  • Identify how to bridge the gaps between the organization’s current and target environments.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Creation of key strategic plans for data management


Activities

Outputs

3.1

Evaluate performance gaps.

  • Data management improvement initiatives
3.2

Identify improvement initiatives.

3.3

Create preliminary improvement plans.

Module 4: Design Roadmap and Plan Implementation

The Purpose

  • Create a realistic and action-oriented plan for implementing and improving the capabilities for data management.
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Key Benefits Achieved

  • Completion of a Data Management Roadmap
  • Plan for how to implement the roadmap’s initiatives

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Align data management initiatives to data strategies and business drivers.

  • Data management roadmap
4.2

Identify dependencies and priorities

  • Action plan
4.3

Build a data management roadmap (short and long term)

4.4

Create a communication plan

  • Communication plan

Member Testimonials

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After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this Blueprint, and what our clients have to say.

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

CIRCOR International

Workshop

10/10

$628K

16

Reiter Affiliated Companies

Workshop

10/10

$62,810

10

Archtexx Consulting GmbH

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

120

Clyde & Co LLP

Guided Implementation

10/10

$86,598

20

Caerus Operating LLC

Workshop

9/10

$34,545

5

ROLTA AdvizeX

Workshop

10/10

$31,833

20

Cloud and Things Inc

Guided Implementation

9/10

$2,512

N/A

Town of Apex

Workshop

9/10

$5,093

3

Parsons Inc.

Workshop

8/10

$10,000

5

Real Estate Council of Ontario 1

Workshop

7/10

$100K

10

Kentucky COT (Commonwealth Office of Technology)

Workshop

8/10

$62,810

55

Gateway Technical College

Workshop

10/10

$382K

44

Ucla Anderson School of Management

Workshop

10/10

$127K

60

LGM Financial Services

Workshop

10/10

$47,500

10

Sunflower Bank

Workshop

10/10

N/A

90

Auckland Transport

Guided Implementation

7/10

$31,405

10

St Vrain Valley School District

Guided Implementation

10/10

$12,562

10

Midmark Corporation

Workshop

7/10

$11,305

10

Werner Co.

Guided Implementation

9/10

$125K

5

Fusion Superplex

Guided Implementation

10/10

$1M

60

Cross Country Mortgage, Inc.

Guided Implementation

10/10

$62,810

20

Canadian Utilities Ltd.

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Inmarsat Solutions Canada

Workshop

8/10

$1M

N/A

Leonardo DRS

Guided Implementation

9/10

$8,793

10

Mott MacDonald LLC

Guided Implementation

10/10

$1.77M

10

American National Insurance Company Inc

Workshop

8/10

$12,562

20

LPL Financial

Guided Implementation

10/10

$127K

110

City of Leduc

Workshop

8/10

$47,500

20

Morrison Hershfield Group Inc.

Workshop

8/10

$100K

32

YMCA NSW

Guided Implementation

8/10

$6,000

5

Search Code: 79451
Published: December 22, 2015
Last Revised: December 22, 2015

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