Hello, enterprise IT:
This is Data. In my first post, I shared the steps you can take to realize the big picture. In this post, I share my perspective on my various masters over the years. I recently saw a presentation by Rich Vancil, Group VP of the Executive Advisory Group and Kathleen Schaub Research VP and CMO Advisory Service from IDC. They explained how and why I should start getting accustomed to being led by a whole new master. Someone I would not have thought about in the recent past. But then again, I’ve had so many masters; it’s hard to know whom to follow next! No matter. I always manage to adapt.
IT used to be referred to as Data Processing. Despite the continuing evolution of IT through various paradigms, platforms, technologies, architectures and tools, the fundamental unit that IT is processing is still data. However, data has taken various forms and shapes. Cloud Computing has opened up opportunities to store and process structured and unstructured data. The need for Data Governance has been there since the day data processing was born. However, it has taken on a new dimension of its own in today's times.
“It is the economy, stupid”, was the election campaign slogan for one of the political parties a few years back. Guess what the campaign slogan would be today for Data Governance in the Land of IT? “It is the data, stupid”!