What is Just-in-Time Data Intelligence?

What is Just-in-Time Data Intelligence?

StockSnap_T8JB5N55MP_stopwatch_jitdi_BpWe have used the term Just-in-Time Data Governance in the past and over time realized that this is not the correct terminology to use. We now call it Just-in-Time Data Intelligence which is a pragmatic approach to implementing data governance and data catalog content directly in your existing organizational processes. In this blog post we will briefly cover avoiding the project trap and what is Just-in-Time Data Intelligence. 

First, some background, Data Intelligence includes a Data Governance Framework, a Data Catalog and Data Intelligence Content. And the Data Governance Framework consists of a unified data knowledge base that is open to consumers and creators, data stewardship, governance oversight and processes. These processes include points of entry for requests, issues, and questions as well as workflows for stewardship and automated content synchronization.  We did a video on this subject, and it can be accessed here.

So, what does Just-in-Time Data Intelligence provide to your organization?

  • Provides the desired people the access to the information they need to use the organization’s data appropriately and effectively when they need it.
  • Gives data users points of entry to request information, to report issues and to ask questions.
  • Supports direct and immediate involvement of necessary data stewards, subject matter experts, and existing data-related content as part of your data-related processes.
  • Creates new knowledge about your data with requests through the points of entry. You want to build-in to your processes ways to capture this data intelligence as it is created. You do not want to go back and create content on items that are not being used. Create content when it is asked for (in other words just-in-time).

Do not look at data intelligence or data governance as a project. It is on-going at an organization. It must be part of the culture. Think of it as a process. Avoid the projects vs. processes trap. Projects involve committees and meetings. Often there is low or unknown return. Creating processes and having your staff use these processes has high return to the organization. You want processes that people can request new reports and new business glossary entries. You want processes where people can report data quality issues and have them fixed quickly. You want processes where employees can get their data-related questions answered by data stewards. Always think about creating and improving the processes that you need. Your employees will thank you.

Hope you found this blog post educational. You want to implement Just-in-Time Data Intelligence (or Just-in-Time Data Governance) at your organization. Additional resources (blog posts, videos, and recorded webinars) on Just-in-Time Data Governance and Just-in-Time Data Intelligence can be found in this blog post (LINK).

IData has a solution, the Data Cookbook, that can aid the employees and the organization in its data governance, data intelligence, data stewardship and data quality initiatives. IData also has experts that can assist with data governance, reporting, integration and other technology services on an as needed basis. Feel free to contact us and let us know how we can assist.

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