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Information Governance: Failing to plan is planning to fail

I am intrigued by the title for this HP Discover session: DT3566 - Information governance: Organizations don’t plan to fail, but fail to plan by HP Offering Manager, Thomas Ruske. Even though Information Governance is a fundamental pillar of any information strategy, it is frequently overlooked. As the abstract mentions, “Information Governance requires a comprehensive plan.” Not having such an approach is a recipe for failure. Hence the title: Failing to plan is planning to fail! But the session raises another question in my mind: How is Information Governance different from Data Governance?

 

WWBigData.jpgTo analyze this, I re-read my earlier post on Data Governance. My findings are below:

 

The New Style of IT is bringing greater focus to the contrast between data and information. This requires enterprises give due attention to Information Governance on top of existing Data Governance.

  • What is it? Data Governance is the mechanism by which we ensure that the right corporate data is available to the right people, at the right time, in the right format, with the right context, through the right channels. Information Governance is about ensuring the same for the knowledge gathered from this data.
  • Why is it needed?New Style of IT is triggering newer styles of Data Science, requiring a New Style of Leadership. Data Governance is about controlling and understanding the fundamental elements of data, so it can be processed effectively to generate information. There is an artistic element to coalescing the right data elements to realize the Big Picture, which is why Computers can never be Data Scientists. Hence, Information Governance.
  • When should it be exercised? Data Governance kicks in when the data enters the enterprise and continues across the lifecycle, as it is processed and consumed to address business needs, until it is archived and/or purged. Information Governance exercises the proper controls around the information generated across the lifecycle. As session DT3566 highlights, it is vital for enterprises to define their approach to Information Governance.
  • Where does it apply? It applies pan-enterprise for all the processes executed. Data Governance has a key role to play at the point of storage while Information Governance has a key role to play at the point of presentation. Have the right data elements been brought together – checkout how Little Data can change the overall User Experience with relevant information driven by proper governance.
  • Who does it apply to? Both Data Governance and Information Governance apply to all applicable consumers, generators and stewards of data and information across the enterprise. However, the stakeholders for the information could be different from the stakeholders for the constituent data.
  • How is it applied? Data Governance must be exercised at the enterprise level, with federated governance to individual business units and data domains. Information Governance is better addressed at the enterprise level since information is usually generated from a diverse array of data sources.

 

How is Information Governance addressed in your enterprise? Are you planning on attending this session at HP Discover?

 

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