The third article in my Tech Target “Buying Decisions” series, How to Narrow Down Your Choices for Buying a Data Governance Tool, offers advice and a prioritization framework for deciding which data governance (DG) software features are most important for your organization, including:
- Information and data artifacts for managing key artifacts, such as data elements, data models and glossaries
- Data management elements for tracking activities and standards
- Other artifacts like documents or text-based materials, including manuals, charters, product specifications, digital media and emails
- Governance operations, like assigning and managing roles and responsibilities (e.g., data stewards), setting up the DG structure and monitoring service-level agreements
- Workflow management for accelerating and operating master data management processes or overseeing data quality
- Business alignment capabilities to help connect DG to other aspects of the organization
Before you read my advice for narrowing down the list of tools and key differentiation points, you might want to read my first and second installments, how DG software helps ensure data integrity and how to know if your organization is ready for it.