The Entity approach

In this video Jason Edge outlines the Entity approach to data governance. If enterprise information management strategy is the structure and the organising principle of your platform then data governance is the glue that holds that together. There are two aspects of governance that are important. Firstly, governance of the change programmes that initiate the new capabilities within an organisation and, secondly, continued governance once the change phase is over to ensure that good principles of data management persist throughout the organisation.

For data governance programmes to succeed the following elements are critical.

  • Data governance requires executive sponsorship – no change programme on this scale can succeed without this.
  • It is vital to understand the objectives of the organisation as a whole and the requirements of individual business units.
  • It is also important to understand the maturity of the organisation as it stands now and its readiness to change to where it needs to be in the future.
  • Entity employs a capability and maturity matrix on a  number of dimensions to understand where the organisation is now and where they want to get to in the future – their target state.
  • Once we understand that we can put together a road map that outlines the journey from the current state to the required state.
  • Then we put together a detailed design of the various capabilities we need to put in place so we can start to deliver these.
  • Then we put in place the actual data governance organisation – they take over and run the programmes and commission and govern the implementation which takes the organisation towards the desired state.
  • It’s critical that there is a clear set of KPIs and reporting requirements for all business units and establish steps to monitor how the organisation improves.

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