Create a Plan for Establishing a Business-Aligned Data Management Practice

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Your Challenge

  • 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. 

Create a Plan for Establishing a Business-Aligned Data Management Practice

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.


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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.

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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.
 

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

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