Data Governance Is Dead — Meetings And Spreadsheets Killed It

Mar 26, 2018, 08:00am

We all know that data governance has perception issues (to put it mildly). True data governance is the control and enablement of any and all data management activities. All too often, though, data leaders focus on the control angle or approach the issue from a technical data management angle, which results in flawed perceptions. For some, it conjures up images of police and bureaucracy. They have chilling visions of data locked away in dark catacombs, only accessible after months of fighting layers of red tape. For others, they painfully remember the energy they wasted attending meetings, updating spreadsheets and maintaining wikis, only to learn that nobody was making use of their hard work.

No wonder data governance has a bad rap. Despite the real value it provides, organizations shy away from implementing governance because of past, misguided experiences. Imagine the following scenario and see if anything sounds familiar.

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