10 Guiding Principles Every Data Governance Program should Follow

  Data governance (DG) can be a challenging initiative for any enterprise launching such a program, but DG is also challenging for enterprises with a fairly mature program in place. There are a lot of success factors that need to ...

What is Master Data Management?

Master data management (MDM) is a key process for IG success in the IT department, which extends to involved business units. An emerging discipline, MDM came into prominence around 2010 to 2012, coinciding with the Big Data trend. The goal ...

Supercharging Your Data Management Strategy with Value

  The challenge: The need for a consistent, operationalized, defensible method for continuous assessment of data’s value, risk and compensating controls In today’s business environment, the most important strategic asset of any major enterprise is its data. Each enterprise has ...

The Data Luminary Dennis Kessler of the European Investment Bank

  Dennis has worked in financial information management and change management in global organisations with an international career spanning more years than he’d like to admit. He has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong (five years), Osaka (five years) ...

How Business Intelligence and Data Governance Support One Another

  Business Intelligence (BI) became part of the core focus of IT departments in the late 1980s. BI encompasses a wide range of practices, technologies, and applications. Together, they help companies collect, analyze, and present information that, in turn, helps ...

RPA and AI – The Coming Governance Nightmare

  As a business or technology person, if you have not been inundated by discussions of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learning (ML), and/or Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the last few years, then you might be hiding under the proverbial ...

Data Governance: Insights from the Field

I’ve worked in data governance most of my career—even before we had the term “data governance” (DG). Originally, I suppose we called it commonsense. It’s not second nature to everyone, so the DG discipline was built and evolved. It ...

Collaboration is Key to Data Governance

  A key element of data governance (DG) is collaboration. DG is not something that someone does alone, and it’s not a group of people you ask to fix data after you’ve made a mess of it. I talk about ...

Mass Data Governance is Major Topic at World Economic Forum

  At the recent World Economic Forum held at the Davos resort in Switzerland, global data governance (DG) and tech sector regulation were major topics. The strongest call for tech regulation came from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, setting the ...

Busy Intersection – Records Management’s Intersection with Data Privacy Management

  With the tsunamic rise in electronic information doubling at regular intervals, complexity in information management has resulted in newly created or redefined roles tasked with creating order out of chaos. Information professionals attempt to control their domains in roles ...

Nine steps to Governing Data Effectively

Nine key steps you can take to govern data effectively are: 1. Recruit a strong executive sponsor. As in broader IG efforts, data governance (DG) requires cross-functional collaboration with a variety of stakeholders. To drive and facilitate this sometimes ...
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AI and Information Governance

Can AI Help Your Organization Achieve Its IG Goals? Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of software to “learn” and make decisions based on inputs and conditions. This creates intelligent computers that can reason on a fundamental level like humans, ...
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Discovering Data – 8 Ways to Identify Personal Data

GDPR was a tsunami for businesses across the globe. And now that it has crashed upon the shore, the search to locate and secure personal data has become paramount. Since many businesses are not quite up to the task, here ...
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DG vs IG: What’s the Difference?

An excerpt from Robert Smallwood’s upcoming book, Information Governance: Concepts, Strategies, & Best Practices, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2019) There has been a great deal of confusion around the term Information Governance (IG), and how it is distinct from data governance. ...
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The Four Horsemen of the Data Apocalypse

Recently, I heard someone speak about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The original four horsemen of the apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible as death, famine, war, and conquest, as a symbolic prophecy of ...
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An Interview with Bob Seiner

“I enjoy solving problems with practical solutions and I like working with people who are passionate about improving how their organizations operate. ” Today we caught up with Bob Seiner in Pittsburgh. Bob is President and Principal Consultant of KIK Consulting ...

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