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July 27, 2007

Data Discovery or Data Relationship Discovery

Check out Mark Smith's blog on Data Discovery.;jsessionid=RUJMN5NWB54LAQSNDLPCKHSCJUNN2JVN

While he calls this Data Discovery, I would refer to it as Data Relationship Discovery. You have to be able to go beyond just analyzing a single data source for information like mean, median, mode, cardinality, selectivity, frequency distributions etc and even just the simple ability to discovery primary foreign key relationships. You have to be able to discover complex business rules between systems. It is the "between" that really counts here. So what is really interesting in a distributed computing world is to not just do data discovery, but to do "Data Relationship Discovery"

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July 26, 2007

Googling Data Governance

I just Googled the term "Data Governance" and what was the first ad listed? It was an add for NeoView, HP's data warehouse:

per their website "The HP Neoview platform is an enterprise data warehouse that enables businesses to confidently capitalize on their information at a dramatically lower cost."

So what does this have to do with data governance? On the landing page the Google add sends you to there is not one mention of the term "Data Governance"... not one.

Not to pick on HP, I am a former HP employee and really love the company, but they and just about every other vendor in the data management space seem to have decided that because "Data Governance" is a hot term, they will take their EAI, ETL, SOA, ERP, DW and whatever other two or three letter acronym they sell and call it "Data Governance".

It seems to be the trend is that every vendor took the thing they had and now just labled it "Data Governance". It is just a sign that "Data Governance" is in a big hype cycle. I know that 12 months ago that term was purchased by maybe 3 or 4 vendors, now there is a list as long as my arm.

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July 12, 2007

Data Governance Conference

It has been awhile since we have written, but I thought I would share some notes from the Data Governance conference in San Francisco in late June.

I sat in on a presentation by Bob Seiner of KIK Consulting and By the way, if you don’t know about him, I recommend that you check him out. He is giving a very practical approach to data governance.

A very gutsy and aggressive presentation. He flat out said that there should be no such position as a data steward. You can’t list a position called “data steward” and bring in someone from outside to take on that role. It won’t work. You have to find people in the organization that are already dealing with data governance issues and “recognize” them as the data steward as part of their job.

That is quite different than what most consultants say but it makes sense. Bob is preaching a very practical approach that companies can actual execute. He is proposing an incremental approach to data governance that is focused on finding specific projects with specific goals that solve specific company problems. Some of his top level recommendations:

Recommendation: Identify/gain a management sponsor and make sure he/she understands the value of data governance

Recommendation: define a scope for your data governance initiative. Pick ONE project, define the scope for that then grow it over time. Don’t boil the ocean.

Recommendation: define a communications plan. Make sure the implementation is understood and the results are communicated as well. Build a data governance home page, make an email address like available. Make sure people know what you are doing and the value it delivers

Recommendation: Define your goals and objectives. Know where you want to go.

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