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Data Governance: The Start of Something Wonderful!

Nov 26, 2018 3:10:16 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Data Governance

Data governance enhances business engagement, shared understanding, focus, and alignment, bringing an ever-increasingly disconnected data environment together, and providing data value optimization across many EDM initiatives. 

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Data Governance in the World of “Data Everywhere”

Jun 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Data Governance

In the world of “data everywhere”, Data Governance is becoming even more important. Organizations that develop a data warehouse ‘single source of truth’ need data governance to ensure that a Standard Business Language (SBL) is developed and agreed to, and the various sources of data are integrated with consistent and reliable definitions and business rules. Decisions around who can use what data, and validating that the data being used and how it’s used meets regulatory and compliance requirements are important.

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BI Experts' Perspective - Desperately Seeking Analytics

Mar 27, 2018 9:28:14 AM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Business Intelligence, Data Science, Analytics

This article originally appeared in the Volume 22, Number 4 issue of TDWI's Business Intelligence Journal.

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Why Data Governance?

Jan 22, 2018 3:59:26 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Data Governance

Enterprise Data Management (EDM) seems to be at the top of many organizations’ strategies for 2018, as the importance of data to organizations continues to grow exponentially. EDM plans may include modernizing an existing data warehouse to enable near real-time data, building a big data environment to support deeper analytics, focusing on and increasing digital capabilities and associated analytics, moving existing data and analytics to the cloud, increasing analytics capabilities in the organization, or most likely a combination of these.


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Data Governance: The Discover Phase

Oct 20, 2017 3:34:30 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Data Governance

Starting with a discover phase for your data governance initiative will provide you with a greater probability of success.

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Building the Foundation for Sound Data Governance

Jul 21, 2017 4:09:49 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Data Governance

With the focus that companies have on everything “data” – analytics, reporting, dashboards, Big Data, predictive analytics, decision science and so on – data governance is also increasing in importance. A good data governance program gets business stakeholders involved in deciding on data definitions and supporting or sponsoring consistent data usage across an organization.

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Can Data Governance be Agile?

Jul 21, 2017 4:09:03 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Agile, Data Governance, Enterprise Data

Many organizations are now recognizing the need for data governance but are still struggling with the right way to structure it. A good approach: be agile!

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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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How Partnerships Between IT and the Business Breed Success

Dec 13, 2016 2:25:00 PM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Program Management, Blog

The stakes are high in the world of analytics and reporting.  According to Gartner: through 2016, only 10 percent of self-service business intelligence initiatives will be sufficiently well governed to prevent inconsistencies that adversely affect the business.  Without appropriate processes and governance, self-service capabilities can introduce multiple versions of the truth, increase errors in reporting, and leave companies exposed to inconsistent information.  So how can an organization find the right balance between the traditional IT development process and more innovative data discovery in the business?

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How to Integrate Business Data with Business/IT Partnerships

Nov 21, 2016 9:43:35 AM   Nancy Couture

Topics: Data Governance, Data Integration, Program Management, Blog

Continuing with the theme of business / IT partnerships, another example I’ve been involved in is integrating business data into an IT managed environment – in this case, an enterprise data warehouse. 

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