Data Architecture

Manage valuable data assets


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Your Challenge

Non-existent or initial approaches to data can cause:

  • Low data quality, which can lead to inefficient operations.
  • Increased risk of data loss or data breaches.
  • Low data trust throughout the organization, which can lead to business decisions being made based on feeling rather than empirical data.
  • Increased instances of rogue data being used.

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Our Data Architecture Research is designed to enable you to make yourself World Class. We do this by:

  • Breaking down Data Architecture into digestible steps
  • Providing actionable instructions to complete each step
  • Providing all the tools and templates you need

We recommend that you do all the modules to improve your Data Architecture processes.

Module 1: Perform a Current State Assessment

The Purpose

  • Establish the organization’s approach to data and its perceived data maturity level.
  • Identify the business process that will be used in the data audit.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Issue identification.
  • Prepared for the data audit, validating the scope, stakeholders, and participants prior to implementation.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Determine the organization’s data value and risk.
  • Data Value/Risk Assessment
1.2 Establish maturity level.
  • Maturity Assessment
1.3 Determine what data sources contribute to a particular business process.
1.4 Review and assess the IT reports.
1.5 Identify data audit participants.

Included Resources

Powerpoint icon 30x30 Perform a Current State Assessment
Excel icon 30x30 Data Asset Management Assessment Tool
Word icon 30x30 Data Audit Interview Schedule
Word icon 30x30 IT Data Audit Report Guidance

Module 2: Perform the Data Audit

The Purpose

  • Establish a data audit framework.
  • Understand how to effectively communicate with audit participants to obtain valuable information.
  • Ensure internal policies are implemented to help minimize compliance issues.
  • Identify where there are gaps in your data.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Focus your efforts on fixing major gaps in your organization’s data.
  • Properly identify key data stakeholders and establish data ownership and responsibility.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Create a data audit interview guide.
  • Customized interview guide
2.2 Create a data source inventory.
  • Complete Data Source Inventory
2.3 Conduct data audit interviews.
  • Completed interviews
2.4 Identify gaps in the data and perform a root cause analysis.
  • Identification of problem areas

Included Resources

Powerpoint icon 30x30 Perform the Data Audit
Word icon 30x30 Data Audit Stakeholder Interview Guide
Excel icon 30x30 Data Source Inventory Tool

Module 3: Develop Data Architecture

The Purpose

  • Set architectural principles for the target architecture.
  • Select new building blocks for your target architecture.
  • Prioritize the building blocks.
  • Reconcile the new building blocks and their ability to solve data issues.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Selected building blocks to solve the issues uncovered in the audit.
  • Reconcile the solution against the problems uncovered in the audit.
  • Refined the target architecture.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Develop a target architecture.
  • Determined architectural building blocks
3.2 Reconcile architecture.
  • Updated architecture

Included Resources

Powerpoint icon 30x30 Develop Data Architecture
Excel icon 30x30 Data Architecture Initiative Planning Tool
Word icon 30x30 Data Architecture Guiding Principles
Excel icon 30x30 Data Architecture Issue Reconciliation
Word icon 30x30 Data Archiving Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Cleansing and Quality Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Entry Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Integration and Virtualization Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Protection Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Provenance Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Security Policy
Word icon 30x30 Data Steward
Word icon 30x30 User Authorization, Identification, & Authentication Policy
Word icon 30x30 Enterprise Data Architect
Word icon 30x30 Data Governance Steering Committee Charter Template

Module 4: Create a Data Architecture Implementation Plan

The Purpose

  • Define dependencies among building blocks.
  • Group building blocks into initiatives.
  • Draft a high level plan to implement the initiatives, taking cost/value and dependencies into consideration.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Establish initiatives, taking cost and value into consideration.
  • Tackle the initiatives that have been identified with a realistic and manageable approach.
  • Determine if the target state is going to meet the data asset management goals and objectives.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Plan initiatives.
  • Initiative plan
4.2 Develop a strategic roadmap.

Included Resources

Powerpoint icon 30x30 Create a Data Architecture Implementation Plan
Excel icon 30x30 Initiative Definition
Excel icon 30x30 Plan Assessment Tool

Module 5: Establish Metrics for Success and Communicate the Plan

The Purpose

  • Set initiative benchmarks to track success.
  • Determine what initiatives need to be communicated and to whom.
  • Have a plan to communicate initiatives to the organization.
  • Communicate the results of the data audit, along with the short and long term plans, to the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Avoid creating a document that is never used.
  • Workshop summary.
  • Defined metric and communication goals.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Establish metrics.
  • Metric tracking
5.2 Create a communication plan.
  • Completed communication plan

Included Resources

Powerpoint icon 30x30 Establish Metrics for Success and Communicate the Plan
Excel icon 30x30 Metric Tracking Template
Excel icon 30x30 Communication Planning Template

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Case Studies and Deliverables

Data Architecture Case Study of a Large Hospital

A large hospital with a rich and time-honored history was well-known for its innovation and academic research activities. IT needed to ensure that its data architecture could support both the hospital’s day-to-day patient care and ongoing research mandates. The hospital recruited Info-Tech to guide them through a one-week data architecture workshop.

Data Architecture Case Study of Olmsted Medical Center

Olmsted Medical Center provides healthcare to communities in southern Minnesota via a centralized hospital and 13 clinical locations. Olmsted has recently implemented an Electronic Health Record, and wants to combine clinical and ambulatory data to give a single view of patient information. Representatives from the technology and finance teams participated in an Info-Tech workshop to develop a process for reviewing and refining data architecture principles and processes.

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Search Code: 59438
Published: September 11, 2013
Last Revised: September 11, 2013

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