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Trends in Governance: Democratization of Ownership

The rise of Big Data, self-service, and more powerful and flexible end-user information visualization and preparation tools is impacting governance in a significant manner with regard to structure, decision rights, and accountabilities. End-users are gaining more control of data, including the ability to integrate and manipulate data for their own purposes, and being able to select data based on a relevance criteria not necessarily codified in classic metadata or semantic models.

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What this means is that the responsibility of governance, such as adhering to access policies, is becoming the responsibility of practically any individual that needs or uses the data. Stewardship, therefore, is becoming democratized across the user community, directly impacting the centralized model where clear stewards and owners are typically named along domain boundaries. This paradigm shift means that anyone who uses the data has a say in how it is governed, but also the responsibility to behave accordingly.

As self-service as one of the key drivers, the need for broadening the responsibility for the stewarding of the information to a larger community of interested parties is becoming more common. This is consistent with the move towards a business-centric approach as it is the business users who have the need and are taking on this responsibility for the information critical to them. Better data preparation tools and governance stewardship applications are also contributing to and supporting this trend.

To learn more about this trend and the other trends impacting healthcare governance, download our recent guide, Healthcare Governance, Trends to Watch.

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Mark Steinbacher

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