Courtesy of Nadine Arendse of iT Web
Data governance is
important but it must be part of a broader IT governance structure;
there must be common ground between IT governance and data
This is according to ITWeb BI summit speaker John Bosco
Arends, consultant at Neken & Associates, who says this
ultimately affects business intelligence (BI) because organisations
need to understand what data governance means to them - they need
to know what type of data they have and how to treat it in order to
address governance issues.
Deloitte & Touche analyst Werner Swanepoel gave some
pointers to organisations to consider when managing their data. He
suggests that certain questions need to be asked, such as: How is
the data protected, how is it valued, how is it stored and how can
its value be increased? Data is an asset for most organisations
because of the value it holds, he said.
He added that data is not only about technology but about
Arends was of the same view, saying implementation of data
management strategies for data governance must follow through to
people, process and technology. There must also be a synergy around
IT planning, he noted.
Key takeaways that emerged from the summit regarding governance
were that increased legislation globally cannot be ignored;
organisations need to check their internal processes before
embarking on a data management project, and data needs to be
treated as an asset due to the value it adds to business.