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The Nexus of Data Literacy and Data Governance

In this space last year we devoted a number of posts to how organizations can better understand data literacy among their employees, what sorts of data literacy competencies already exist, what sorts...

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Data Governance Challenges, Opportunities, and ROI During Technology Projects

During technology projects there are many challenges as well as opportunities. And data governance and data intelligence can assist. Technology projects might include migrating to a new ERP,...

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Apply Data Governance Best Practices to Technology Projects

Let's discuss some ways that you can apply data governance best practices to your technology project and in an efficient way. Technology projects could include conversion to a new ERP solution,...

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A Lot of Progress, But a Long Way Still to Go

A decade or so ago, when we would introduce the Data Cookbook as a product an organization might be interested in, we generally had to make the case for data governance first, before demonstrating...

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Listen to Employees on How to Improve Data Intelligence Efforts

You want to gain greater acceptance of your data intelligence, data governance, and data catalog efforts at your organization. You do this by getting more employees involved in the efforts and...

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If It Were Easy, Wouldn't You Already Have Done It?

We were recently reminded of #MonkeyFirst, which was something between a thought experiment and an analogy produced by Astro Teller of Google X. Briefly, for those of you who missed it the first time...

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What Information Do You Track in a Data Flow Catalog

Important content in a data governance knowledge base is a data flow catalog which contains information about such items as reports, dashboards, ETLs, data flow integrations, and surveys. Maybe you...

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Best Sources of Business Glossary Content

This blog post suggests the best sources of definition content and ways to determine what should be defined. The sources are existing popular reports, pre-existing local glossaries, data dictionaries...

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Lets Talk Data Governance Committee

In this blog post we will be discussing data governance or data intelligence committees (or whatever your organization calls it). Sometimes these committees are ineffective. There is nothing wrong...

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Paths to Data Resiliency

As data practitioners, we assume that even the most skilled user can and will make mistakes, and we have a number of safeguards in place to prevent or remediate them. When users are entering an...

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Survey Resources to Help You

When an organization performs a survey (such as internal ones to employees or external ones to clients) they are more beneficial if they are tied to their data governance and data intelligence...

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Survey Best Practices

This blog post will discuss best practices when creating, monitoring, and reviewing a survey, either an internal survey to employees of your company, or to customers of your organization or to...

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Helping Data Stakeholders Help Themselves

Your organization, if it has reached certain thresholds of size or complexity, has data stakeholders at all levels and across all domains. A data stakeholder, defined broadly, is someone who uses,...

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Wealth of Resources on Data Governance and Data Intelligence Topics and Components

We have a great deal of resources (blog posts, videos, and recorded webinars)  related to a variety of topics and components in data governance (or what we call data intelligence). Topics include: ...

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Here's Some Data Intelligence Resources Regarding Communication and Training

A data governance and data intelligence initiative is very important to an organization. And for the initiative to succeed it needs to have a trained staff and communication to those involved which...

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Communication About Data Intelligence

Communication is key in data intelligence and data governance success. Communication with employees should be ongoing and when an employee is hired. Spread the word. Explain to every level in your...

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Data Intelligence Portal and Frequency of Data Governance Training

In this blog post we will discuss what should be included on a data intelligence and data governance portal (or web page) and how often that data governance training should be done. Previously we did...

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The Front Office and Back Office of Data Governance

A finished report that was requested or a published business glossary entry are examples of front office data governance-related deliverables. But there is a lot of work that goes into the creation...

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Set Up Your Data Governance Training Matrix

A successful organization needs to have trained employees. And part of this, you need know who you are training and what you need to train them on. Everybody does not need to know everything. Every...

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Inventory Your Technology Tools

Building a technology tool inventory will be beneficial to your organization. This post describes the benefits of having a technology tool inventory, steps we recommend to build your technology tool...

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Data Intelligence and Data Governance - How and What to Measure

How to measure data intelligence and data governance at an organization is a big topic and probably too big a subject to do in one blog post. And the measurements will be different due to size of the...

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Helping Data Consumers

We tend to focus our data governance marketing, training, and services efforts on a few key roles: subject matter experts, business analysts and certain technical resources, and of course data...

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Make Your Business Glossary Dynamic

A business glossary is important for any organization as it is used by such individuals as business users, self-service users, data architects, department managers, new employees, and data governance...

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Some Thoughts on Data Literacy and Data Quality

Last week we presented a webinar in our Data Governance--Best Practices series on data quality. Among the recommended practices were identifying the specific type of data quality issue (or issues)...

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Data Governance is for Offense and for Defense

An organization must concern itself with regulatory challenges (defense) as well as adapt to changing market demands, different situations, and new competition (offense). In American Football and...

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