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Governance is Not a Defensive Play

My Impressions and Perspectives on the Gartner® Data & Analytics Summit 2022


Contents of the blog series:


In Part 2 of the blog, I covered Active Metadata, its crucial position on the intersection of business and data. In part 3 I will address the growing role of Data Governance in the Modern Data Stack.

Governance is Not a Defensive Play

To me, Data Governance was the second most frequent topic discussed in the summit after Metadata.

According to the keynote I opened this blog with (Gartner Opening Keynote: “Unleash Innovation, Transform Uncertainty”), Governance changes the data from a liability to an asset [1]:

change data from liability to asset with active metadata
(Diagram: Gartner Opening Keynote: Unleash Innovation, Transform Uncertainty, Gareth Herschel and Debra Logan, Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Orlando, Florida, 22-24 August, 2022)


This is how I think, after hearing the speakers, Governance actually enables innovation: we can be more creative with governance – how far can we push boundaries? Governance is the way to ensure innovation is available.

My own takeaways from the keynote:

  • Perpetual uncertainty makes us more creative.
  • Be a data concierge instead of a data plumber.
  • Freedom without governance is anarchy.
  • Governance is not about control – when it is, it becomes a self-reinforced failure.
  • Governance IS about control ONLY IF you play defensively.


So, what is the definition of Governance?

In his session “Connected Governance Needs a Data and Analytics Governance Platform” [2] Saul Judah defined Connected Governance through outcomes, that it means “to achieve cross-enterprise business outcomes.”.

what is connected governance
(Diagram: Connected Governance Needs a Data and Analytics Governance Platform, Saul Judah, Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Orlando, Florida, 22-24 August, 2022)


To me it is not surprising that the success of the D&A Governance Platform is rooted in Policies, Technical capabilities, and orchestration of the technical capabilities:

how data and analytics governance platform works
(Diagram: Connected Governance Needs a Data and Analytics Governance Platform, Saul Judah, Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Orlando, Florida, 22-24 August, 2022)


Mr. Judah elaborated that each use case, like M&A, will require a different setup of the pillars, like Enablers, Technical Capabilities, BoD mandate, Scope of the Business Question, and the Shape to The Governance Response.

data governance for M&A
(Diagram: Connected Governance Needs a Data and Analytics Governance Platform, Saul Judah, Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Orlando, Florida, 22-24 August, 2022)


In my opinion, Governance is here to stay and evolve, along with the Data Stewardship and Governance leadership positions, a topic which I am going to cover in a different series of blogs.

 

[1] Gartner, “Gartner Opening Keynote: Unleash Innovation, Transform Uncertainty”, Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Orlando, Florida, 22-24 August, 2022.
[2] Gartner, “Connected Governance Needs a Data and Analytics Governance Platform”, Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Orlando, Florida, 22-24 August, 2022.

* GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

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