Occasionally, I see things in my in-box that bother me, though. Here is one item that I’ll address in a post. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
A public relations firm asked:
I wonder if you could answer these questions for me.
- What are the key business drivers for the advent of data governance software solutions?
- What industries can best take advantage of data governance software solutions?
- Do you see cloud computing-based data governance solutions developing?
I couldn’t answer these questions, because they all pre-supposed that data governance is a software solution. It made me wonder if I have made myself clear enough on the fact that data governance is mostly about changing the hearts and minds of your colleagues to re-think their opinion of data and its importance. Data governance is a company’s mindful decision that information is important and they’re going to start leveraging it. Yes, technology can help, but a complete data governance software solution would have more features than a Workchamp XL Swiss Army Knife. It would have to include data profiling, data quality, data integration, business process management, master data management, wikis, a messaging platform, a toothpick and a nail file in order to be complete.
Can you put all this on the cloud? Yes. Can you put the hearts and minds of your company on a cloud? If only it were that easy...