Putting IT Back into Data Governance

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    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.

    In last month’s release of Embarcadero’s DB PowerStudio XE3.5, the company added its new metadata governance platform. It’s marketing the tool as a way to empower DBAs in governance initiatives.

    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.

    In other news:

    10 Business Solutions based on Linked Data/Semantic Tech: Are people really using Linked Data and semantic technology for real business? Yes, according to Andreas Blumauer, CEO at the Semantic Web Company (no really – that’s the name). Blumauer created a slideshare of solutions built with these technologies, such as:

    • Smart customer support systems
    • Enterprise Linked Data integration
    • Vocabulary management tools
    • Semantic content management
    • Knowledge bases

    It’s also linked from the site, About the Social Semantic Web.

    Loraine Lawson
    Loraine Lawson
    Loraine Lawson is a freelance writer specializing in technology and business issues, including integration, health care IT, cloud and Big Data.

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