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How to determine which data governance tool best meets your needs

The data governance tools market can be confusing, as it consists of data management products and specialized data governance software. This guide can help you select the data governance tool that best meets your needs.


Data governance is a formalized approach to managing a company's data assets. A successful data governance initiative helps organizations establish policies on how their data should be structured, maintained and updated, so they can provide their business users with high-quality data that's accurate and consistent. Organizations often use a data governance program to help them address regulatory compliance mandates, audit issues and data quality problems, or to assess and help bolster their data security.

A successful data governance program relies on careful planning and the right people, including business executives and data stewards typically drawn from business operations. But using the appropriate technology and tools is also extremely important, as they can help automate the processes that organizations put in place and enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the governance program. And there are various software options to choose from. While many data governance tools are based on traditional data management functions such as data lineage tracking, master data management and business rules governance, there are also specific tools that address governance program and policy management, and data quality.

But before you buy data governance software, you must first determine if your organization is ready. Knowing what you will do with the software and where the business value will come from is imperative. As expert John Ladley points out in this buyer's guide, getting continued funding and executive support for your governance initiative will be difficult if you can't quickly demonstrate its value -- regardless of how many bells and whistles a product has.

The first part of this buyer's guide will help you determine if your organization could benefit from such a tool, and, if so, how to justify the purchase to management. Next, we present the features and functionality you should look for in a data governance product. Then, to help you create a shortlist of products, we examine the leading data governance tools on the market and identify which tools work best for which tasks. Finally, we provide an in-depth look at each of these products.

1What is?-

The role of data governance software

Although a data governance program doesn't involve the actual management of data, it helps establish the rules of engagement for corporate data and information.


How data governance software helps ensure the integrity of your data

While a data governance initiative comprises people, processes and technology, data governance software supplements and automates the processes the organization implements. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

Assessing the need for a data governance tool

Justifying the need for the software includes understanding what you intend the technology to do. The use case examples presented here can help you demonstrate the value your organization could gain through the use of a data governance tool.


How to know if your company is ready for data governance tools

Even if you can identify with the use cases presented here, it's important your organization is well-prepared to deploy the software it buys. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

Considerations for selecting data governance software

Here, we uncover the most important capabilities of data governance software and examine the functionality you should look for when evaluating the different products.


How to narrow down your choices for buying a data governance tool

Evaluating and selecting a data governance tool depends on not only features and functionality, but also how you will use the tool to add value to your organization. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Choosing a data governance tool to fit your needs

The analysis and comparisons provided here will help you select the right data governance tool from the leading products on the market.


Examining the top data governance tools on the market

Expert John Ladley examines the leading data governance software products, comparing and contrasting their features to help you determine which tool will best meet your needs. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

The leading data governance tools

Here we take an in-depth look at the leading data governance tools offered today, as well as the factors that differentiate them from one another.


Alation Data Catalog helps provide collaborative data governance

Alation Data Catalog provides business analysts and data stewards with search and discovery, governance and collaboration functionality, and automates many data governance tasks. Continue Reading


Adaptive Metadata Manager helps manage enterprise data governance

The Adaptive Metadata Manager data governance tool helps organizations institute enterprise-wide data policies and lets users access, manage and analyze important data assets. Continue Reading


What you should know about Collibra Data Governance Center

Collibra Data Governance Center is a repository- and workflow-oriented data governance platform that also offers features for data management and data stewardship. Continue Reading


What to know about the Data3Sixty cloud-based data governance platform

With Data3Sixty's cloud-based grow-as-you-go subscription model, organizations don't have to invest in a major data governance implementation or worry about complex upgrades. Continue Reading


The Diaku Axon data governance platform addresses regulated industries

The Diaku Axon data governance platform is designed to assist financial institutions as well as other industries with complex regulatory compliance environments. Continue Reading


What to know about the IBM Information Governance Catalog

IBM's Information Governance Catalog provides organizations with a workflow-oriented data governance tool for organizing, managing and accessing their data assets. Continue Reading


Inside the Informatica Master Data Management portfolio

Informatica Master Data Management is aimed at helping sales, marketing and customer service teams ensure they're working from the most relevant and accurate data available. Continue Reading


What to know about Information Builders' Omni-Gen data governance tool

Omni-Gen from Information Builders features a variety of tools for enterprise data management, data governance and data best practices, all in one centralized package. Continue Reading


Improve data management and quality with SAP Master Data Governance

SAP Master Data Governance offers a variety of features for managing master data assets and associated data terms and policies from a single, central location. Continue Reading


SAS Data Governance helps support enterprise data tasks

SAS Data Governance provides organizations with data governance tools for organizing, managing and accessing their data assets, and establishing enterprise-wide data policies. Continue Reading

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