Data Governance Assessment

Sandhill’s Data Governance Assessment provides a picture of your current data governance maturity and recommendations for a path to achieve your strategic data management capability and goals.

Product Brief

The data governance assessment is used to evaluate the maturity of the practices to create and maintain a corporate culture of shared responsibility for the data assets. It helps the organization to develop a thorough and detailed knowledge of the as-is data layer and the lineage of data through from business terms through business processes, data stores, and systems.

Main Idea/Benefit

The data governance assessment is performed to assure that the organization has clear definitions of roles and responsibilities related to the governance of data assets. It also evaluates the processes related to creation, maintenance and usage of business terms and the structure of the technical metadata. The assessment consists of measurement of the effectiveness of the following data governance process areas:

  • Governance Management
  • Business Glossary
  • Metadata Management

In addition, due to the strong inter-dependencies, the assessment will cover the association of the data governance practices with the following data management practice areas:

  • Data Management Strategy: Data Management Function, Communications
  • Data Quality: Data Quality Assessment, Data Profiling
  • Data Operations: Data Requirements Definition, Data Lifecycle Management
  • Architecture: Architectural Standards, Data Integration
  • Supporting Processes: Measurement & Analysis, Process Management, Configuration Management

Solution Overview

Working with your data organization, Sandhill’s Data Governance Assessment provides a documented Findings and Recommendations Report that includes:

  • Measurement of data governance against strategies and goals based on business objectives for the data supply chain.
  • Set of business term priorities and goals transformed into actionable criteria for critical data elements.
  • An evaluation of the current level of adoption of standard and use of standard approved business terms.
  • Audit of metadata management process to measure the adherence to the data structure standards.
  • A roadmap of how to close the gap between the current and desired state of the business term and technical metadata management processes to determine the progress towards providing a consistent and integrated view of the organizations data assets.

Key Benefits

  • A common terminology
  • A shared understanding and vision among stakeholders
  • A clear path to increasing data management capabilities
  • A positive solution for achieving business objectives from data management process improvement


Data Management Engagements

Domain Education

Sandhill Consultants offers both standardized, modular education, as well as custom offerings. The following Education is recommended:

  • Data Management Maturity Model Executive Overview
  • Data Management Maturity Model Foundation

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Data Management Maturity Assessments

Sandhill’s approach to helping clients achieve desired levels of Data Management Maturity incorporates all of the data management practice areas. The following Sandhill DMM resources are particularly relevant:


Sandhill offers consulting and expert resourcing the following areas:

Sandhill Frameworks

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