Data Governance: 10 Steps to Establishing Effective Policies

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-05-07 Print this article Print
Data Governance: 10 Steps to Establishing Effective Policies

Data Governance: 10 Steps to Establishing Effective Policies

By Chris Preimesberger


Data governance, an important IT best practice that nonetheless is underutilized in enterprises, continues to confuse and frustrate IT managers while running up significant costs with little return. Those involved typically stumble across a few similar challenges such as lack of clarity on where to start, insufficient cross-functional involvement, and a rapidly growing population of experts and vendors offering high price-point applications and services. Individuals and teams exploring and implementing data governance systems are often under pressure to deliver measurable progress. It is not uncommon to hear that data management professionals such as data modelers and database administrators believe that they have no part to play in a data governance strategy. Yet almost any title with the word "data" included in it will be involved with data governance—either directly or indirectly. Here's a look at a number of simple steps that can be taken to implement data governance effectively. Our sources include database tools and developer software specialist Embarcadero Technologies and eWEEK reporting.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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