After much debate, there seems to be some consensus building on how responsibilities for data governance should be split between the business and IT.
While IT is good at setting up the systems that enable data governance, it's really up to the business to determine who should have access to what type of data. But once you determine who is responsible for what, the challenge becomes how to manage that process on an ongoing basis. After all, every new hire or process has the potential to rewrite the data governance rulebook.
To address this requirement, SailPoint today is adding a new provisioning module that automates the process by which end users request access. SailPoint IdentityIQ first models who in the organization has access rights to what information, gives business users a single interface to request for access rights, and then provides a series of standard connectors for integrating various applications with the SailPoint data governance platform.
SailPoint CEO Mark McClain says the real challenge surrounding data governance is developing an event-driven model around workflow that works for both IT and the business users.
Obviously, SailPoint is not the first vendor in the data governance space to figure out the need to bridge the divide between IT and the business. But as progress continues to be made on simplifying the data governance process, the downstream benefits of a more streamlined approach to data governance for all kinds of business processes could be profound as the management overhead associated with data governance finally becomes more unified.