Why Organizations Should Link Data Strategy to Business Strategy

In our digital economy, data is one of the most — if not the most — valuable asset. Whether your organization is in pursuit of digital transformation, data literacy or even just “good old fashioned” data-centricity, it’s clear data is an asset that must be valued, managed, governed, protected and ultimately, appropriately leveraged for better decision-making, competitive advantage and business…

Data Governance as a Managed Service

The world of data is constantly changing and growing, and data governance is no exception. Because data governance ensures the right people are involved in determining standards, usage and integration of data across projects, subject areas and lines of business, sustainable data governance is foundational for many, if not all, mission-critical data initiatives. Over the past few decades, the First…

How to Measure Data as an Enterprise Asset

A framework to start measuring the value of data includes identifying what information needs to be valued and why, determining a valuation philosophy (actual or relative) and determining a valuation approach. To identify what information needs to be valued, determine what types of content is crucial to business operations. This may include transactions, domains, catalogs, documents, metrics, etc. You may…

Quantify the Value (and Meaning) of Data

The shift toward digital business is being fueled by data-driven organizations that use a broad spectrum of information management and analytical capabilities to inform decision-making. While this work can be exciting and game-changing, there’s an overarching need for a thoughtful strategy and effective framework for quantifying the value and meaning of an organization’s data assets. Not enough firms focus on…

Speed of Change: Journey to Digital Acceleration

With remote work, remote learning and digital transformation on the rise, I’m seeing digital acceleration really take hold in several organizations and across industries. While the definition of digital transformation and acceleration may vary from business to business, it’s clear we’re in a state of evolution, with data at the core. Change can always seem daunting and transformation can take…

Remote Work Readiness: What’s Your Status?

We’re a 100%-virtual company with a majority of clients across the US (some international) and our workforce is distributed, as well. We’ve been at this remote work “thing” for a while now — since 2007. It’s ingrained in our DNA. It fits our mission and our values. And it works for our client relationships, too. But this week I was…

A Modern Operating Model for Agile Data Governance

Traditional data governance operating models, including centralized, decentralized and hybrids of the two, focus on governance councils and committees. These groups drive the development of policies and processes and oversee enforcement. Today’s needs for agility and speed-of-delivery, paired with greater attention on the value of data, require us to revisit traditional models. We need to ensure their relevancy and utility…

Celebrate International Women’s Day With Me … and Take Action!

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is a call to action for accelerating gender parity (e.g., comparable incomes, college graduation rates and workforce participation between men and women). This is something I’m passionate about, especially gender parity in the information management industry that I’ve known and…

The Future of Data Governance is Now

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of delivering the keynote at the Data Governance Winter Conference. I’ve been a data governance trainer, practitioner and enthusiast for well over a decade. Yet I can’t recall a period of time that is as exciting, as momentous, and as dynamic as the here and now. Today. Living in a data-never-sleeps reality where…

Why Quality Analytics Needs Governance and How to Get Started

The shift toward digital business is being fueled by data-driven organizations that are using a broad spectrum of analytical capabilities to inform decision-making. While this work can be exciting and game-changing, there’s an overarching need for a thoughtful strategy and effective framework to govern analytics and enable the data citizen through self-service. Not enough firms are focused on this. We’ve…

Metrics for Data Architecture Effectiveness

Does your data architecture practice work? Has it had an impact on your organization? How do you know? Some people may believe data architecture is “just good hygiene” and that it “has to be done” because it is too conceptual for the impact to be measured. I disagree. It can and should be measured. Data architecture as a practice is…

A Minimum Viable State and Why Information Management Programs Need It

The term Minimum Viable Product, with its roots in the software industry, has been part of the lexicon for some time now. Its meaning: something that provides the most basic functionality and value to satisfy early adopters. There’s a similar concept in First San Francisco Partners’ methodology and approach, the Minimum Viable State (MVS). We define MVS as the essential…

Data Governance Best Practices: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

Are you at the early stages of planning a Data Governance initiative at your company? Did you start implementing a governance program, only to see progress stall? If your Data Governance journey is not quite what you expected it to be, you can get back on track by following time-tested best practices — and sidestepping common pitfalls. These are the…

What’s the Difference Between Information Management and Data Management?

In our buzzword-heavy industry, there can be confusion about the meaning of words and phrases. Take Data Management and Information Management, for example. Is there a difference between the two? After all, data is information — right? Well, yes and no. What is Data? Tech Target defines data as “information that has been translated into a form that is efficient…