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Building an effective data governance framework

Preserving the integrity and consistency of your organization's data is crucial. Learn best practices for managing a strong data governance program and maximizing the efforts of data stewards in this guide.

Effective data governance serves an important function within the enterprise, setting the parameters for data management and usage, creating processes for resolving data issues and enabling business users to make decisions based on high-quality data and well-managed information assets. But implementing a data governance framework isn't easy. Complicating factors often come into play, such as data ownership questions, data inconsistencies across different departments and the expanding collection and use of big data in companies.

Data stewardship adds another dimension -- and more challenges -- to data governance efforts. Whether an organization hires full-time data stewards or delegates stewardship responsibilities to existing employees, business units sometimes are reluctant to accept the new arrangement for maintaining data definitions and enforcing polices on data use. In an ideal environment, all users adopt a stewardship-minded approach and take responsibility for handling data in a way that both meets their immediate business needs and serves the company's overall requirements for data quality and consistency. But data stewardship processes need to be attuned to an organization's corporate culture in order to help foster internal adoption and compliance.

Developing a successful data governance strategy requires careful planning, the right people and appropriate tools and technologies. This essential guide offers best-practices advice for managing data governance projects, an exploration of data stewardship and details about common problems that organizations have experienced while instituting data governance programs -- and how they solved them.

Best practices

1. Best practices for a data governance program that works

Experienced users have the best insights for managing a data governance program and attaining defined goals. The articles in this section explore best practices for building an effective data governance framework, including communication processes, team involvement and strong management.

Data stewardship

2. Data stewardship: The role of data stewards

Data stewards fulfill important tactical functions by supporting enterprise data governance initiatives in various ways. Learn about the role of data stewards and the function of data stewardship in the following stories, which examine the challenges and benefits of adopting data stewardship programs.

Problem solving

3. Solving problems that arise in data governance programs

Implementing a data governance framework, or upgrading an existing one, raises questions about required tools, data quality levels, internal skills and potential resistance to change. Experts and users offer advice on how to overcome common issues in the following articles.


4. Terms related to data governance and stewardship

Read about these terms to gain a better understanding of the topics covered in this data governance framework guide.


5. Quiz: Data governance and data stewardship programs

Take this brief quiz to test your knowledge of data governance and data stewardship issues.

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