The next data governance task to complete before 2016 is to review the roles and responsibilities of your team as it relates to data governance. Specifically take a look at how data governance roles in your organization have changed over the past year.
How high within the organization has data governance reached? In many organizations data governance has become a board-level issue, as the risks associated with poor data governance have increased. Has it reached this far within your organization? If not, it is important to make sure it isn’t overlooked.
It is also importance to evaluate the different departments data governance has reached within your organization and how those departments are interacting with each other and with your data governance solutions. Are your data governance solutions working for every department? If not, take the time to understand why they are not working for certain departments and what can be done to improve overall effectiveness.
Lastly, it is important to evaluate how your end-users have adopted and adapted to your data governance policies over the past year. If new solutions have been rolled out to end-users, have they adopted those solutions? There are many reasons that end-user adoption may be low for new solutions, but it is important to understand why a solution may not have been quickly adopted.
The fourth important data governance task to complete before 2016 is to review any new or updated laws/regulations that alter how your company’s data must be managed, as well as any that soon may be enacted. There has been a lot of talk recently about increasing data regulations in light of some of the major data related incidences over the past 12 months and many new regulations have gone into effect that require review.
Take the time to review these three critical elements:
- New or updated laws/regulations that affect all businesses
- New or updated laws/regulations that affect your vertical
- Pending laws/regulations that may affect your business in 2016
It is important to consider all three elements and evaluate whether or not your current data governance solutions will be able to help you meet all relevant laws/regulations. Given that many new laws carry steep financial penalties if you are unable to meet their requirements, it is important to consider making an investment into the technologies that will allow you to be complaint in 2016. A small investment upfront can save lots of dollars and time down the road.