Talk about data governance and one of the maxims you’ll hear is that governance should really belong to the business — not IT.
That’s an understandable rally cry for governance, except for one thing: It can go too far, says Henry Olson, director of product management at Embarcadero. Olson said, too often, he’s heard of data governance programs that exclude the people who best understand the data: the database administrators.
“Success in governance requires a cross-disciplinary effort, cross-organizational concurrence on definitions, shared authority, and staffing and funding sourced from stakeholders across the organization,” Olson said in a recent Q&A. “Broadly speaking, the architects understand the structure of the data, the DBAs understand its deployment and implementation, and the business team understand the meaning and import of the data.”
The DBAs are the most familiar with the data’s technical aspects, especially the metadata. That makes them a natural fit for the front line of governance, Olson explained.
The company is also hosting a free training session for DBAs that will focus on how the new tool can support data governance, compliance initiatives and maintaining SQL code quality. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
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