Defining Data Governance
Data governance is one of the fastest growing disciplines, but many organizations struggle to define exactly what it is. According to Dataversity, data governance is “the practices and processes which help to ensure the formal management of data assets within an organization.”
At erwin, we break this definition down further and view data governance as a strategic, continuous commitment to ensuring organizations are able to discover and track data, accurately place it within the appropriate business context(s), and maximize its security, quality and value. Across your entire organization, data must be accessible, consistent and usable to drive accountability and meaningful insights.
However, the relevant processes, practices and contexts for data governance will vary widely from one business to another. This means your organization must arrive at its own unique definition – one that is specific to its needs. The best way to develop this understanding is to consider the primary factors that are driving adoption for your business.