DATA GOVERNANCE IS MORE THAN THE MANAGEMENT OF DATA AND FRAMEWORKS, IT ALSO INCLUDES ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLIANCE.

According to The Data Governance Institute, data governance can be defined as the exercise of decision making and authority for data related matters and it includes a 'system of rights and accountabilities for information related processes'.

In short, it’s everything the organisation needs to consider when it comes to its data assets.

This tricky topic encompasses a broad swathe of duties, responsibilities, legalities and compliance commitments, and its joined by confusion around role responsibility, employee awareness and shifting compliance landscapes. Staying on top of data governance is a hefty task and nobody seems to know exactly who's responsible for it. Does it lie with the CIO, traditionally the holder of the IT kitchen sink, or is it the realm of the CEO? Or someone else?

This article was first published by Brainstorm, Transformer on 01 March 2017.