I’ve been a practitioner, analyst and all-around evangelist of
data governance for the majority of my career. And during
this time, I’ve never lost faith that executive leaders across
all industries would eventually understand the need for data
governance — and make it one of their company’s strategic
And we’ve witnessed some incredible changes in the world that have helped to raise data governance awareness. These include:
How exciting! Why aren’t you excited?? Is it because so many of you still feel like we’re not making any progress on data governance as a discipline despite these advances?
I’ve got some data to back up those feelings. In early 2013, I launched an open data governance best practices website called GovernYourData.com. As part of that site I included a free Data Governance Maturity Assessment tool with benchmarking data to help governance leaders educate and build business cases for their DG programs. Since its launch, GovernYourData has collected over 525 completed maturity assessments across 15+ industries.
While the total Average Maturity (scored between 0 and 5) across all assessments since 2013 is a low 1.61, that’s only part of the story. The real story is the fact that the average maturity scores are getting lower almost every year as the chart below illustrates.
While at first glance that might appear disheartening, I’m actually of the opinion that this data illustrates an amazing accomplishment. Remember, with any data analysis – it’s the data behind the data that tells the real story. (No, I don’t mean the metadata!).
The real story is what data challenges did data governance practitioners face in 2013 vs 2018.
Let’s consider data challenges in 2013 — only 5 years ago:
Now let’s consider the data challenges in 2018 and beyond:
enterprise data governance a reality within your organization — and be the next intelligent disruptor of your market.