When Gartner clients ask me how to start data governance, they often expect some magic solution. And they are right — such magic exists: it’s the people. Find others — SMEs, executives, business stakeholders — who deal with data at their own in capacity, and talk to them. Ask them what keeps them up at night. These conversations should be informal, one on one, not in a big meeting where everyone shuts down (or shuts up): come to their office, buy them lunch or have coffee together. Approach the conversation as a disciple: they speak — you listen and learn.
Your goals for the conversations with these people are on the picture — this is the secret sauce. I repeated the points below many times to my clients, and now — finally — I was able to publish them, with details, in the research EIM 1.0: Setting Up Enterprise Information Management and Governance. The secret is out!
This picture looks suspiciously like a slide (but more is in the research). Indeed, I’ll be talking about the secret sauce of data governance at the upcoming BI & Analytics Summits in London and Grapevine in the presentation titled How to Sell a Big Data Initiative to Senior Management? If you are at my presentation, look for this sign.
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