Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Best Books on Data Governance

Is there a comprehensive book on data governance that we should all read to achieve success? At the time of this post, I'm not sure there is. I haven't seen it yet. If you think about it, such a book would make War and Peace look like a Harlequin novel in terms of book size in order to cover the all aspects of the topic. Instead, we really must become students of data governance and begin to understand large knowledge areas such as 1) how to optimize and manage processes; 2) how to manage teams and projects; 3) public relations and marketing for internal project promotion; and 4) how to implement technologies to achieve data governance, just to name a few.

I’ve recently added an Amazon widget to my blog that lists some printed books on data governance-related topics. The books cover the four areas I’ve mentioned. As summer vacation arrives, now is the time to buy your books for the beach and read up! After all, what could be more relaxing on a July afternoon than a big frozen margarita and the book “Business Process Improvement: The Breakthrough Strategy for Total Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness” by James Harrington?

The Amazon affiliate program generates just a few pennies for each book, but what money it does generate will be donated to charity. The appeal of the Amazon widget is that it's a good way to store a list of books and provide direct links to buy. If you have some suggestions to add to the list, please share them.

EDIT: My book on data governance is now available on Amazon. The Data Governance Imperative.

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