Addressing the ongoing explosion of data sources and storage options requires establishing consistent metadata attributes and semantic models across the enterprise to effectively govern information as an enterprise asset.
The primary objective of any enterprise governance program is to ensure consistent and timely data, so reaching consensus and agreement on a common understanding of concepts and metadata attributes must be addressed and enforced by the program. Cloud applications, for example, continue to be adopted and most have their own semantic and metadata models. Integration of these respective views is foundational to governance because without it meaning and reusability of the information suffers.
A recognition is forming that as information becomes a true enterprise asset, that the need to cross silos and reach consensus on a consistent meaning of the semantics and metadata used to describe the business domains and the information itself is becoming critical. This common understanding is best facilitated and controlled through robust governance that is enforced company-wide.