Top 5 Data Governance Trends for 2016

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top 5 data governance trendsOne of the best venues for getting a pulse on what’s happening in the data governance world is at the annual ASUG Data Governance Summit. This is a place where 300 information management professionals come together to share and learn.  We are always impressed by how the market continues to grow and this year was no exception. Below are the top five trends we think you’ll see hitting data governance in 2016:

  • We’re Not Alone
    • As more and more companies begin to plan data initiatives and big data projects, there will be an influx of those who are “just starting”. We certainly saw this trend at the Data Governance Summit, this year roughly 2/3 of attendees were there for their first time. Traditionally, this event is largely composed of those who have been coming every year. While networking at the Summit, I took the opportunity to ask attendees what they were most excited to learn at the event. By far most answered, “I’m just glad I’m not alone. I thought I was the only one dealing with these issues, but coming here makes me see that everyone is dealing with it.”
  • Change Management Will Continue to Be a Thorn in Our Side
    • We conducted a survey of our expert practitioners who attended the Summit and when we asked “what is the best advice you would give to someone just starting to organize their data program?” The most popular answer was in relation to change management and getting executive support. It’s been tough to accomplish and it will remain that way in 2016. Continue to focus on small, incremental wins to support sustainability of your data governance program.
  • More Focus on Business Processs & Less On Compliance/Risk
    • We are seeing a growing number of process owners who are leading data governance efforts. This may be related to the fact that all businesses want to drive down operational costs and continue to optimize processes. We predict seeing more c-level and v-level involvement within Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance and IT becoming data advocates. While compliance will probably always be a trigger for data governance, it will no longer be in the driver’s seat.
  • The Ladies Represent
    • Has anyone else noticed that there are a ton of females in data governance positions? There are probably all kinds of theories behind why women gravitate toward leadership roles in data. What do you think? Leave your comments below!
  • Growth in Crowd-Sourcing, Business/IT Collaboration
    • Metadata management is a valuable IT function, but the business has different needs and expectations for defining information relevance. The growing trend in data governance is solving operational business challenges in parallel with analytical integrity. This makes for a business-centric, lean approach that metadata management has a hard time keeping pace with. To successfully govern data, the business needs to lead from the center in a democratized execution model. They will continue to lean on IT resources to supply the data and information they need, so collaboration will only grow in importance.

Ultimately, data governance will continue to grow in awareness and importance. Those who understand that it is a journey and not a destination will be the ones who launch and sustain successful programs. 

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