Sandhill Consultant’s provides a framework product and knowledge base that includes a complete, predictable, and scalable Data Governance solution for your enterprise.
Data Governance serves the Business in its efforts to be agile and adaptive in a dynamic world, focusing all of its processes on increasing value, and increasing the effectiveness of its business knowledge management. Data governance’s primary role is to detect and analyze unacceptable variances in critical data elements such as business terms and data management processes. To accomplish this, four things must happen:
Guided by CMMI’S DMM and other industry standards, Sandhill’s approach to DG fits within a holistic data management framework. That framework provides the context for data governance and identifies key integration points with the other critical elements of a robust data management system.
Sandhill’s Data Governance Capability Delivery System provides a framework that supports the full Data Governance Life Cycle from the inception derived from business imperatives through the assessment, planning, building, and operating phases. Additionally, the Data Governance system, as well as the organization’s data “products” are monitored to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s Data Management infrastructure and processes. Thus, the organization’s data architecture is always better positioned to respond to changes and/or discovered errors in the data system (see Fig. 1 in Multimedia section). The life cycle of Data Governance has five principle phases: Assessment, Planning, Building, Operating, and Monitoring. Combined, they enable an organization to govern the Data Management System and to simultaneously respond efficiently and effectively to changes in the business, technology, or resources (see Fig. 2 in Multimedia section).
A typical implementation begins with Sandhill’s Data Management Maturity Assessment. The assessment identifies the steps your organization can take to achieve your desired data governance goals, such as modifying, enhancing, or adding to your existing data management system. This becomes your DG Roadmap which provides recommendations for DG policies, processes, standards, organization, and technology to meet your specific business objectives.
Leveraging your Assessment results, Sandhill’s Data Governance – Capability Delivery System, DG-CDS™, provides a template and recommended content for all the components needed for an effective DG implementation. This Plan includes baseline policies, processes, business glossary and metadata standards, measures, organizational roles, deliverables, and planning templates that will fulfill your Roadmap. Sandhill will work with you to tailor this plan to your data management goals and implementation schedule.
Because Data Governance is complex and needs to be done well to add value to your business, Sandhill has internally developed an integrated set of critical data governance components, DG-CDS™ and EM-SOS!™ 2.0 (for metadata standards). DG-CDS™ contains a complete data governance framework. This means the DG architecture is pre-developed minimizing DG development, deployment, and training time. Using the DG Roadmap, adjustments may be made to meet your specific data governance goals. The DG policies, functions, processes, deliverables, and roles are mapped into your existing organization and data management processes. Core processes can be automated in a suitable workflow engine resulting in significantly improved communications, coordination, and efficiencies. Additional technologies from our Partners may be integrated where required to assist in the development and governing of data life cycles such as visualization, business term management, lineage, data flow, and metadata management.
To provide effective and efficient data governance within and across your enterprise, DG-CDS™ includes a workflow capability that automates much of the critical data governance processes such as compliance reviews, audits, and change management. This results in higher performance of your data governance professionals, faster results, and more accurate compliance evaluations. To further enhance your DG capabilities, Sandhill offers additional technologies from our Partners in the areas of metadata and business term management, data modeling, visualization, lineage, and governance.
It is important for your DG system to maintain alignment with your Business Imperatives in today’s dynamically changing environments. Sandhill’s philosophy of data governance operations calls for regular evaluation of your critical processes and standards to ensure this requirement continues to be met. To this end, DG-CDS™ provides compliance review processes and templates for business terms, metadata and data management life cycles. These compliance review processes are also suitable for reviewing policies, data governance processes and data/metadata standards. Periodic evaluation and adjustment of these last items will keep your data governance system relevant and invaluable.