Five Tips for Easier Data Governance
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Here it is, 2012, and what's the most significant challenge for managing information?
Silos. Information silos - and that's without even considering those newfangled cloud silos.
Seventy-one percent of 318 respondents said information silos was their biggest data/information challenge today - besting poor data quality, staff resources and skills, spreadmarts and a number of other BI- and data-related challenges in a Bloor Group survey that was recently released.
Earlier in 2011, the Bloor Goup began researching how to define an emerging architectural model it called the Information Oriented Architecture (IOA). Last month, it released a white paper detailing its findings, as well as the results of a survey on Information Oriented Architecture, which it conducted via the Web over the course of five months, June-October.
Interestingly enough, despite confessing to silo problems, 51 percent of the enterprises that responded said they'd now developed an Information Oriented Architecture.
But when you look at the details of the survey, it's clear most organizations are still working on the fundamentals when it comes to managing information: busting silos with integration and trying to ensure the data is clean. When asked to name the top five priorities for 2012, 42 percent chose integration with operational processes; self-service BI came in second with 39 percent.
Oddly, Big Data came in third with 23 percent. I say, "oddly," because 71 percent said they had no plans for parallel software development projects like Hadoop.
Sixty percent said they don't even have a data governance program in place - and another five percent responded to that question with a "don't know."
Cloud? Not this group. Sixty-nine percent said they have no cloud adoption strategy. Fifty-seven have no plans to try cloud as an infrastructure and 51 percent have no plans to try for SaaS.
Of course, there are two ways to read the stats on cloud adoption. One way is to say, "See, cloud's all hype." Another way is to notice that 80 percent of the respondents work in IT departments and say, "Wow, IT is really behind the curve on this cloud thing. Wonder how many already have SaaS in their organization and don't know it?"
So, when it comes to building the next-generation data architecture, many organizations are still struggling with the foundation work.