In February 2017 Informatica announced the introduction of Informatica Axon a data governance tool. While this is a very interesting and welcome development, it is surprising how long it has taken for a data management solutions vendor to add an enterprise governance tool to its portfolio.
Back in May 2015, Gartner published ‘Operationalize Information Governance With Technology Support‘ which highlighted the clear opportunities technology then offered CIO’s to operationalization governance of enterprise data. The research found that governance programs were solioed as “Many existing categories of software and even hardware have built-in ways to implement and enforce policy, although these features are not often used and, in many cases, used incorrectly by enterprises.” and this was certainly true, for example, of master data management (MDM) applications.
Between May 2015 and February 2017 nothing really changed. In the case of MDM vendors, their focus remained on the evolution of built-in capabilities which were limited to application specific tasks supporting master data stewardship. In the same period, MDM vendors and data governance tool vendors seemed to have missed the opportunity to form partnerships, and subsequently develop off-the-shelf integrations.
Informatica has taken an advantage through the introduction of Axon. The question now is ‘how will the rest of the market react’? Could other MDM vendors acquire data governance tools, or will they rapidly develop off-the-shelf integrations? Either way it should prove to be a benefit for their customers.