DATA MODELING ZONE Australia

Data Governance in a Self-Service World

Dave Wells, Eckerson Group

Conventional data governance practices come from a simpler time when data management was free from many of today’s challenges, such as self-service reporting and analytics.Traditional data governance focuses on enforcement of controls and gates, which will continue to be necessary. However, these methods must be complemented with support for the autonomy and agility of the self-service world. Enforcement works together with prevention. Guides and guardrails reduce the need for gating. The need to exercise controls is minimized when curating, coaching, crowdsourcing, and collaboration are integral parts of governance processes. In a self-service world, every data stakeholder plays a part in data governance.You will learn:
  • Where governance fits within modern data ecosystems, from point of ingestion to reporting and analysis
  • How various technologies support governance through the ecosystem
  • Process challenges for governing self-service; supplementing controls with collaboration and crowdsourcing
  • Engagement models for governing self-service
  • Organizational challenges for governing self-service; moving from data stewards to stewardship, curation, and coaching
  • Operational challenges for governing self-service; implementing a combination of gates, guardrails, and guides.
 Dave Wells leads the Data Management Practice at Eckerson Group, a business intelligence and analytics research and consulting organization. Dave works at the intersection of information management and business management, where the real value is derived from data assets. He is an industry analyst, consultant, and educator dedicated to building meaningful and enduring connections throughout the path from data to business value. Knowledge sharing and skills development are Dave’s passions, carried out through consulting, speaking, teaching, and writing. He is a continuous learner – fascinated with understanding how we think – and a student and practitioner of systems thinking, critical thinking, design thinking, divergent thinking, and innovation. 

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