State of Data Governance
In our 2020 State of Data Governance and Automation report, 67 percent of respondents said they had deployed data preparation, data governance or data intelligence solutions. That’s about 20 points higher than what was reported in this September 2017 First San Francisco Partners (FSFP) study, conducted less than a year before the GDPR deadline.
But even as the adoption rate of data governance initiatives is growing, their maturity is still lagging. When comparing our 2020 report to the 2018 version, the maturity of data governance programs appears to have regressed, with only 12 percent of respondents for this year’s report declaring they are fully implemented as compared to 31 percent in 2018. Also concerning: 38 percent of current survey participants say their data governance programs are a work in progress and 31 percent are just getting started as compared to 42 percent and 21 percent in the prior survey.
A compliance-first (or compliance-only) mindset can encourage companies to do the bare minimum to meet regulatory mandates, which can ultimately pigeonhole data governance initiatives. To do so would leave many other important benefits of data governance on the table.