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Executing a Data Governance Strategy Remotely

By Emily Washington, Executive Vice President of Product Management, Infogix 

Saying the pandemic changed how we work is an understatement. It completely transformed where and when we work, how we communicate, and how we dress on normal business days. However, shifting to remote work didn't change our appetite to analyze data, uncover valuable insights, develop deeper customer relationships and improve costs.

As business teams reimagined the future of work, they still needed quick and reliable access to data to do their jobs. Subsequently, IT teams quickly figured out ways to provide secure data access for remote workers. However, the needed information still moves across businesses, where it's exposed to new processes, uses and transformations. And when data changes, so does its quality score.

Before the pandemic, companies relied on an in-person, collaborative approach to raise awareness of the importance of cross-functional data governance and evolve governance & quality processes. But collaboration suffered when removing face-to-face contact reducing data governance awareness. That's when businesses realized they had to find alternative ways to unify teams around data governance and quality initiatives.

Investing in a Data Catalog

Tech-savvy organizations using data governance to establish communication between data owners, stewards, users and data experts had to make it easier to leverage data enterprise-wide remotely. To do this, they began to modify their governance framework to prioritize automation in lineage mapping and data quality execution by incorporating self-service tools.

One such self-service tool is an augmented data catalog that makes data available to a company's workforce from any location. With a data catalog, the IT team can easily communicate with business users on data location, access policies and usage restrictions.

The data catalog also organizes and documents key details about the organization's critical data assets. While capturing metadata and documenting lineage it is often the starting point, discovery features encourage remote staff to search business glossaries, locate, collaborate and apply data from home. A key aspect of remote collaboration is leveraging simplified workflows to help business users analyze data sets.

Most importantly, the data catalog includes data quality execution to establish automated metric baselines. Improved tools automatically monitor and measure data quality scores. With transparency into data quality measurements in the catalog, users can quickly uncover trustworthy data.

Once users know they have high-quality data and enter its meaning and purpose in the catalog, self-service tools provide business teams access to easily use data from home.

Modern Tools and Techniques Enhanced the Data Catalog

Improved tools featuring automation technologies make data catalogs even more valuable to business users. For instance, by automating metadata and lineage ingestion, organizations automatically profile data to discover data patterns and descriptors.

By documenting data's lineage in the catalog, users uncover relationships with business assets, delivering precise business knowledge around data's meaning.

Automating data lineage ingestion also enables users to visualize the relationship data has to internal systems, business processes and operations, providing better strategic decision-making insights. Home users can easily find data's business meaning, understand how data affects the company and connect data assets to business cases.

Regardless of when data users can return to visiting a co-worker's cubicle, reserving conference rooms for meetings or enjoying an in-person working lunch, companies need to find creative ways to improve their data strategy.

By merging data initiatives and equipping business users with an intuitive data catalog that prioritizes data quality execution and includes automation features, businesses can provide a single source of data knowledge to staff across the organization. As a result, business users have accurate, reliable business-ready data to navigate their current work reality.

If you're interested in learning more about how a data catalog supports remote workers, read the blog post, How a Data Catalog is Supporting Today's Remote Workforce.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Washington, Executive Vice President of Product Management, Infogix

Emily Washington 

Emily Washington is Executive Vice President of product management at Infogix, where she is responsible for driving product strategy and product roadmaps. Since joining Infogix in 2002, Emily has worked closely with product development teams and customers to drive the introduction and adoption of all new products. Before Infogix, Emily worked at Cyborg Systems and Respond.com. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University. She also holds a certification in graphics design from The Art Institute.

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-washington-a001301/

Published Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:26 AM by David Marshall
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