At Master Data Management, we understand the importance of effective data governance implementation. While data governance sounds simple, many organisations find themselves being tripped up due to a lack of understanding of where to start, how quickly to progress, and how to engage stakeholders and drive adoption.

Data Governance implementation is a journey

Data Governance Implementation is a JourneyOur goal is to agree on an actionable road map that will enable the incremental integration of core data governance principles at the appropriate time for you, your team, and your boss.

We will help you to assess what you have done, move beyond the theory and put your goals into practice. We walk the path with you, offering ongoing guidance and coaching to your team.

Our approach and tempo are guided by your data strategy, your data culture, your level of data governance maturity and your capacity to change. Something as simple as defining your data governance charter can be a quick win and set you on the path to success

Find the Right Pace for Your Data Governance Implementation

When it comes to implementing data governance, finding the right pace is crucial to ensuring success. Moving too slowly can cause enthusiasm to fizzle out, while moving too fast can lead to unstructured and unfocused meetings that waste senior people's time. Additionally, overly complex processes or poorly understood requirements can quickly kill enthusiasm at the operational level.

To avoid these common mistakes, it's important to strike a balance and find the right pace for your data governance implementation. This involves engaging key stakeholders to identify risks and opportunities that will impact your implementation and ensuring that their priorities are addressed.

  1. Moving Too Slowly

Moving too slowly can cause momentum to slow down and the value of data governance to be lost. To prevent this, it's essential to involve the right people from the outset and build support from the grassroots. This can help to create momentum and show the value of data governance to stakeholders.

  1. Moving Too Fast

Moving too fast can lead to unstructured and unfocused meetings or forums that waste senior people's time. It's important to plan the implementation of data governance carefully and involve the right people at the right time. This can help to ensure that meetings are productive and focused and that senior people's time is not wasted.

  1. Overly Complex Processes or Poorly Understood Requirements

Overly complex or poorly understood processes, documents or requirements can quickly kill enthusiasm at the operational level. It's important to ensure that processes are easy to understand and that requirements are clearly communicated to all stakeholders. This can help to keep enthusiasm high and ensure that the implementation of data governance is successful.

Increase engagement with our holistic data practices gap assessment

Data Governance Gap assessment and roadmapThis assessment engages key stakeholders to identify risks and opportunities that will impact your implementation and helps to get buy-in by ensuring that their priorities are addressed. It can also help to identify areas where processes can be simplified and requirements can be better communicated, which helps to keep enthusiasm high and ensures that the implementation of data governance is successful.

How do we help you to deliver data governance?

The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to data governance. 

Your organization's culture, size, and level of development all play a role in determining the most effective data governance strategy.

To avoid common mistakes, it can be helpful to partner with an experienced consultant. At Master Data Management, we have extensive experience working with companies of various sizes and industries to implement data governance initiatives. Drawing from our 11-year history, we have developed a best-practice data governance framework and approach that we tailor to your specific needs.

Our Data Governance implementation Framework

Our best-practice framework for implementing data governance is based on our experience with multiple clients over more than ten years.

We will work with you to adapt the details to ensure:

  • That your data governance program is linked to driving your business priorities
  • That your organisational structures, roles and processes are fit for purpose.
  • That you can get value quickly and build on success.

Data Governance Technology Roadmap

Data governance is primarily a change management problem.

Successful data governance programs leverage technology to automate repetitive tasks, ensure collaboration and build a governed corporate knowledge base.

We will assist you to plan for technology deployments to support your data strategy and your data governance roadmap.

We have experience with the practical delivery of data stewardship tools; data catalogues; metadata management and data lineage tools; data quality and master data management and can help you to find and implement the right solutions for you.

Data Governance Skills

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