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Who should own the data governance process and framework?

Find out who should be the primary owner of the data governance process within an organization and what roles or departments should control the data governance framework.

Who should be the owner of the overall data governance process within an organization, and what role should control the data governance framework?
If by "owner" you mean the person to whom all data stewards are ultimately accountable, then that person should be a senior manager whose business responsibilities could directly be impacted by data failures, such as the CEO, CFO or COO. If you mean from an operational standpoint, here is a suggestion: the data governance process could be owned by the operations division, while management of the operational data governance framework (i.e., the mechanisms by which operational tasks are performed) could be shared by operations and IT.
This was last published in April 2010

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