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Don't Use Committees for Data Governance Content

Is your data governance content (report requests, data dumps, data definitions, etc.) taking too long to produce or doesn’t seem to be as effective as they should be?  Content is like a continual...

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Data Governance Breaks Down Silos (Data and Organizational)

In this post we’ll discuss the types of silos that exist at higher education institutions, data brawling, data culture, shadow systems, benefits of breaking down the silos and what actions can be...

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The Many Parts of Data Quality (and Resources)

An important component of data governance is data quality.  But there are many parts to data quality including sources of data quality, issues, their impact, people roles, content and processes.  In...

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From Acquisition to Disposition: Data Management Pitfalls throughout Your Data's Lifecycle

This post is some of our thoughts on data management issues throughout the data lifecycle including loss of focus, upkeep priority, security access and disposition of data.

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Better, Inexpensive Way to Establish Data Governance in Higher Education

We are a firm believer of just-in-time data governance.  In this blog post we will cover less expensive, better ways to do data governance over the more typical (and more costly) ways. 

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How to Improve Your Institutional Reporting

Reporting can always be improved.  It is often not the reporting technology being used that is the problem.  Usually it comes down to people and processes.  In this post we share some thoughts on...

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Inventory of Data Assets Necessary to Recognize Value of Data

Something we often say during our early conversations with clients is that data governance is what you do when you recognize data is an asset, and when you start to treat it like one. What happens...

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Integration Health Score and Annual Assessment

How healthy are your institution’s integrations? You probably have many integrations (and the list is probably getting longer) such as your Admissions CRM to Student Information System integration or...

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Trusted Data: Working Together and Communication Play a Big Part

Recently we found ourselves re-reading Educause’s annual Top 10 IT Issues, 2019 Edition. We commented on this publication when it came out, but we wanted to revisit in this post a few observations...

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Achieving Successful Reporting is Not a Technology Problem

While some higher education institutions have been successful with a wide range of reporting tools, many others struggle with the same tools. We feel it is because institutional reporting problems...

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