These days, no matter what industry you operate in, your competitive advantage depends on the quality of the data that is flowing through your information systems - be it product data management, content management, digital asset management, master data management, or knowledge management systems.
In fact, many companies are undergoing transformational initiatives because their customers are demanding it. What is often overlooked is the fact that a digital transformation is not just new technology -- it is first and foremost a data transformation. If your data is wrong, incomplete, and/or disconnected from other systems it won't matter what technology you install. You need a plan for cleaning, harmonizing, and processing all the various information/data sources that will power your transformation.
But it isn't enough to do it and call it done. Ongoing oversight and governance are crucial to long term success. Yet the challenge that most face when considering a governance program is that no one actually likes governance (or think they don’t). But, it is possible to build a sustainable governance program that delivers results over the long term.
To help you get started, we encourage you to check out the following resources:
"Data Governance & Digital Transformation," provides insights on how to develop the strategic, tactical, and advisory layers of a governance framework, and describe several governance models, as well as discussing how governance facilitates more rapid organizational change.
From our library of recorded webinars, here are two to watch:
And finally, if you’d like a live discussion on the subject, we encourage you to join our next live discussion, “Data Governance: Achieving Sustainability Among Whiners,” on August 28th @ 11:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET. Featuring Earley Information Science CEO Seth Earley and Principal Consultant Seth Maislin, this discussion will highlight best practices and tips that you can implement to establish an effective rhythm for long-term, sustainable data stewardship. You will learn:
Good governance is empowering, not (only) a “necessarily evil”
The Effective As: Automation, Assignment, Attitude
Analytics for achieving fast failure (and recovery)