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Establish Data Governance

Deliver measurable business value.

  • Organizations are faced with challenges associated with changing data landscapes, evolving business models, industry disruptions, regulatory and compliance obligations, as well as changing and maturing user landscapes and demands for data.
  • Although the need for a data governance program is often evident, organizations often miss the mark.
  • Your data governance efforts should be directly aligned to delivering measurable business value by supporting key strategic initiates, value streams, and underlying business capabilities.

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Critical Insight

  • Your organization’s value streams and their associated business capabilities require effectively governed data. Without this, you may experience elevated operational costs, missed opportunities, eroded stakeholder satisfaction, and exposure to increased business risk.
  • Ensure your data governance program delivers measurable business value by aligning the associated data governance initiatives with the business architecture.
  • Data governance must continuously align with the organization’s enterprise governance function. It should not be perceived as a pet project of IT, but rather as an enterprise-wide, business-driven initiative.

Impact and Result

Info-Tech’s approach to establishing and sustaining effective data governance is anchored in the strong alignment of organizational value streams and their business capabilities with key data governance dimensions and initiatives. Info-Tech's approach will help you:

  • Align your data governance with enterprise governance, business strategy, and the organizational value streams to ensure the program delivers measurable business value.
  • Understand your current data governance capabilities and build out a future state that is right-sized and relevant.
  • Define data governance leadership, accountability, and responsibility.
  • Ensure data governance is supported by an operating model that effectively manages change and communication and fosters a culture of data excellence.

Establish Data Governance

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should establish data governance, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in this initiative.

1. Build business and user context

Align data governance with your organization’s business strategy, value streams, and business capabilities to ensure the data governance program delivers measurable business value.

2. Understand your current data governance capabilities

Understand the core components of an effective data governance program and your current data governance capabilities. Gauge your organization’s current data culture by leveraging Info-Tech’s Data Culture Diagnostic.

3. Build a target state roadmap and plan

Formulate a target state plan with defined data leadership, accountability, and responsibility that is supported by an operating model that effectively manages change, manages communication, and fosters a culture of data excellence.


Member Testimonials

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.

9.3/10


Overall Impact

$31,405


Average $ Saved

25


Average Days Saved

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Workshop

10/10

$100K

44

Angola LNG

Guided Implementation

9/10

$12,395

50

New Market

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

50

M. Holland Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$12,395

5

Shared Services Canada

Workshop

8/10

N/A

47

Victorinox AG

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

La-Z-Boy Incorporated

Workshop

9/10

$61,979

85

Blommer Chocolate Company

Guided Implementation

9/10

$12,395

5

M. Holland Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$11,156

5

Rack Room Shoes

Workshop

10/10

$30,989

20

Oregon State University

Workshop

10/10

$123K

95

Lifestyle Solutions ( AUST ) LTD

Guided Implementation

9/10

$10,692

10

Community Health Choice, Inc.

Workshop

8/10

$60,319

20

Bay Cove Human Services Inc.

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

2

Allegheny County, PA

Workshop

10/10

$123K

50

Belmond

Guided Implementation

9/10

$10,000

5

M. Holland Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$12,395

5

Hogan

Guided Implementation

8/10

$25,000

10

Oregon Department of Employment

Workshop

10/10

$34,088

50

LInea Directa SAS

Guided Implementation

10/10

$34,088

10

Ricoh Australia (Pty) Ltd.

Guided Implementation

10/10

$60,319

20

The St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital

Workshop

10/10

$23,500

110

Dura-Line Corporation

Guided Implementation

10/10

$21,692

5

The Rehmann Group LLC

Guided Implementation

10/10

$30,989

35

CGFNS International

Guided Implementation

8/10

$30,159

10

Altra Federal Credit Union

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Apogee Enterprises, Inc

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

ROLTA AdvizeX

Workshop

10/10

$30,989

20

College of New Caledonia

Guided Implementation

8/10

$4,000

10

Investors Bank

Guided Implementation

10/10

$1,363

2


Onsite Workshop: Establish Data Governance

Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Establish Business Context and Value

The Purpose

  • Identify key business data assets that need to be governed.
  • Create a unifying vision for the data governance program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the value of data governance and how it can help the organization better leverage its data.
  • Gain knowledge of how data governance can benefit both IT and the business.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Establish business context, value, and scope of data governance at the organization

1.2

Introduction to Info-Tech’s data governance framework

1.3

Discuss vision and mission for data governance

1.4

Understand your business architecture, including your business capability map and value streams

1.5

Build use cases aligned to core business capabilities

  • Sample use cases (tied to the business capability map) and a repeatable use case framework
  • Vision and mission for data governance

Module 2: Understand Current Data Governance Capabilities and Plot Target-State Levels

The Purpose

  • Assess which data contains value and/or risk and determine metrics that will determine how valuable the data is to the organization.
  • Assess where the organization currently stands in data governance initiatives.
  • Determine gaps between the current and future states of the data governance program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Gain a holistic understanding of organizational data and how it flows through business units and systems.
  • Identify which data should fall under the governance umbrella.
  • Determine a practical starting point for the program.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Understand your current data governance capabilities and maturity

  • Current state of data governance maturity
2.2

Set target-state data governance capabilities

  • Definition of target state

Module 3: Build Data Domain to Data Governance Role Mapping

The Purpose

  • Determine strategic initiatives and create a roadmap outlining key steps required to get the organization to start enabling data-driven insights.
  • Determine timing of the initiatives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Establish clear direction for the data governance program.
  • Step-by-step outline of how to create effective data governance, with true business-IT collaboration.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Evaluate and prioritize performance gaps

3.2

Develop and consolidate data governance target-state initiatives

  • Target-state data governance initiatives
3.3

Define the role of data governance: data domain to data governance role mapping

  • Data domain to data governance role mapping

Module 4: Formulate a Plan to Get to Your Target State

The Purpose

  • Consolidate the roadmap and other strategies to determine the plan of action from Day One.
  • Create the required policies, procedures, and positions for data governance to be sustainable and effective.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Prioritized initiatives with dependencies mapped out.
  • A clearly communicated plan for data governance that will have full business backing.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Identify and prioritize next steps

  • Initialized roadmap
4.2

Define roles and responsibilities and complete a high-level RACI

  • Initialized RACI
  • Completed Business Data Glossary (BDG)
4.3

Wrap-up and discuss next steps and post-workshop support

  • Templated data catalog

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

Member Rating

9.3/10
Overall Impact

$31,405
Average $ Saved

25
Average Days Saved

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.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Build business and user context
  • Call #1 - Understand drivers, business context, and scope of data governance at your organization. Introduce Info-Tech’s approach and resources.
  • Call #2 - Provide a detailed overview of Info-Tech’s approach, framework, Data Culture Diagnostic, and blueprint.
  • Call #3 - Introduce business capabilities. Align them with your data governance capabilities. Begin to develop a use case framework.

Guided Implementation #2 - Understand your current data governance capabilities
  • Call #1 - Further discuss the organization’s alignment of business capabilities to data governance capabilities and use case framework.
  • Call #2 - Understand and assess your current data governance capabilities and data environment. Review your Data Culture Diagnostic Scorecard, if applicable.

Guided Implementation #3 - Build a target state roadmap and plan
  • Call #1 - Plan target state and corresponding initiatives.
  • Call #2 - Identify program risks and formulate a roadmap.
  • Call #3 - Identify and prioritize improvements. Define a RACI chart.
  • Call #4 - Summarize results and plan next steps.

Author(s)

Crystal Singh

Contributors

  • David N. Weber, Executive Director - Planning, Research and Effectiveness, Palm Beach State College
  • Izabela Edmunds, Information Architect, Mott MacDonald
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