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Data security is of utmost importance for all organizations, and can be ensured with proper data governance policies. In an introduction to data governance, there’s so much to cover, so I’ve split this Azure Every Day blog/video into 2 parts. Let’s start with the basics.
Data Governance essentially has 3 pillars - people, processes, and technology.
Data Governance has an incredible amount of benefits:
As I stated, having the right people in place is essential to good data governance. The data governance board sits at the top of the hierarchy and consists of a team of data governors that meet to discuss and address issues and topics surrounding data. The board roles include assuming ownership of the modern data warehouse to set strategic initiatives, removing bottlenecks and making the key decisions that benefit the organization.
Data governance board responsibilities include overseeing the modern data warehouse design, implementation and maintenance over time; evaluating and making decisions presented by data stewards; and to help facilitate corporate level decisions to add value and become a data driven organization.
Another important role is that of the data stewards. These roles are assigned for each domain (HR or sales for example) and may be domain knowledge experts, SMEs, or PMs. They serve a key role in the implementation of the data warehouse. Data stewards are often responsible for data quality within organizations, as well as the accuracy, completeness, and consistency of that data. In short, they understand the data better than anyone; they are tasked with the internal domain knowledge that may be overlooked by developers.
The third layer of people in the data governance hierarchy are the data custodians. This is basically anyone who has access the data or network. Data custodians consists of people from a variety of teams including IT, business intelligence and consultants. Their responsibilities include the safe custody and transportation of the data and implementations of business rules.
A data custodian’s team may consist of a data architect, DBA, data modeler, ETL developer, report developer and quality assurance members. They have access to the data and technical processes and work hand in hand with the data stewards.
For more on data governance, watch for my second in this series next week. If you’re interested in discussing data governance for your organization or if you want to learn more about Azure in general, our team of data experts are here to help. Whether you’re just starting to move to the cloud or need help to get to the next stage, contact us – we’ll help you use your data and the cloud to take your business from good to great.
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