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Data Governance Framework

Jan 31, 2017 3:28:00 PM   Datasource

Topics: Data Governance, Program Management, Blog

Five Components of a Solid Data Governance Program

By: Datasource

Data Governance is a key component to any company that wants to leverage the full value of their data.  A solid Data Governance framework helps ensure quality, reduces risk, and establishes and reiterates best practices.

At Datasource Consulting, we look at Data Governance Programs as an evolution. We believe there are five critical elements to develop a solid framework for a Data Governance Program.

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5 Steps to Better Test Data Management

Jan 31, 2017 10:37:00 AM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Blog, Test Data Management

Overcome Common Hurdles to Building a Strong Test Data Management Program

By: Datasource Consulting

For businesses seeking optimal functionality, Test Data Management (TDM) is a crucial component of the organization’s IT structure and ongoing business strategy. Without TDM, your business is at risk for production environment application failures and subsequent breach fines, which have increased 23 percent over the past two years and can cost up to $500,000 per incident (Source: 2015 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis).

At Datasource, we hear from multiple companies that the absence of proper test data is the chief culprit behind lackluster testing plans and problems in production. Applications require different types or volumes of test data, which makes the process even more challenging. Insufficient test data causes nearly one-third of the incidents in QA/non-production environments, and is a major reason why nearly two-thirds of business applications reach production without being properly vetted. 

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Data Governance Challenges: Understanding the Problem

Jan 27, 2017 3:44:00 PM   Datasource

Topics: Data Governance, Program Management, Blog

Understanding the Problem

By: Datasource

As outlined in the first article of the series, Data Governance Framework: Five Essential Components of a Solid Data Governance Program, Data Governance is a key component for many organizations.  However, many companies don’t know where to start. At Datasource Consulting, we manage and build Data Governance Programs for many of our clients and frequently start by understanding the Data Governance challenges facing their organization.

(FYI – Would you like us to evaluate and fine tune your current Data Governance Program?  Please call us at 888-453-2624 or complete the form on our contact us page.)

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BI in the Cloud: Server Administration Primer

Jan 26, 2017 11:28:55 AM   Nancy Abramson & Steve Dine

Topics: Blog, Cloud

How Is Server Administration Different in the Cloud?

By: Nancy Abramson & Steve Dine

Many of the challenges of maintaining a Cloud instance are the same as with a traditional server.  This article will provide the details of the differences between traditional server administration and maintaining a Cloud environment. Included are tools and tips in order to deliver the strength of the Cloud using agile and scalable approaches. By better understanding the intricacies of the Cloud, you will be better positioned to leverage the strength of the cloud and avoid trouble spots. 

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4 Steps to High Impact Requirements Analysis

Jan 25, 2017 3:29:51 PM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Blog, team

Why are Business Requirements Important to BI and Data Warehousing Projects?

By: Datasource Consulting

When considering a Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing project, it’s extremely important to not overlook the process of gathering, prioritizing, and agreeing on the project’s business requirements. This process of discovery is done after the company’s business objectives are documented, validated and organized by each functional business area.

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An Introduction to Lean BI

Jan 16, 2017 11:10:33 AM   Steve Dine

Topics: Business Intelligence, Program Management, Blog

What is Lean BI and its Purpose?

By: Steve Dine

I have yet to meet a BI team that has too little on its plate. In this article we will look at some of the drivers creating all this work and offer a set of principles that can be used to become more efficient and effective while still focused on delivering value. The main idea for this methodology evolved while leading a BI team for a leading medical manufacturer. We were frustrated by the amount of time spent maintaining our existing infrastructure and the number of features/data elements being added to the data warehouse that weren’t being utilized. During that time, the company was advocating Lean manufacturing principles and practices in our European divisions and there appeared to be some parallels to our situation. Our dabbling into Lean was the original root that grew into this concept.

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A Note About Teams

Jan 11, 2017 5:01:06 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Agile, Program Management, Blog

A Note About Teams: Team Formation & Your Role As a Leader

By: Nancy Couture

I'm writing a series of posts that discuss five tips for creating and leading agile data management development teams. My previous post focused on tip No. 1: "Hire 'A' Players and Empower Them." Before moving on to tip No. 2, I wanted to take a moment to discuss team dynamics.

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