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Data Lake and Information Governance – The Key Takeaways

A Data Lake can be a highly valuable asset to any enterprise, and there is a myriad of technology solutions available for leveraging the processes to feed, maintain and retrieve information from the Lake. But all this technology is, if not worthless, significantly less valuable, if the environment is not well governed and managed. This […]

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Data Lake as Aggregator – The Critical Role of the Catalog

My previous blog talked about a Data Lake using a Supplier-Aggregator-Consumer analogy and talking about the roles each of these parties play. One factor that is critical to the success of this approach is the use of a common vocabulary that ensures efficiency and effectiveness in the interactions and collaborations between the parties. The implication […]

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Data Lake Participants – Roles and Responsibilities

As you may recall, in my last blog I introduced the analogy of the Aggregator to describe utilizing a Data Lake as a Consolidator of information, and I mentioned the three key roles in this model: the Supplier, the Aggregator and the Consumer. In this post I will provide a little more detail on the […]

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Data Lake Consolidation – the Aggregator Analogy

In my last blog, I introduced the concept of the Data Lake as a Consolidator and the critical success factor of applying robust Information Governance to this environment. In this post, I want to introduce an analogy to help visualize this environment and the parties involved. So, a Data Lake as Consolidator. What does that […]

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Data Lakes and the Information Governance Critical Success Factor

Since my last post I’ve been working for a client that is actively engaged in establishing a Data Lake for the purpose of supporting their analytics efforts, but also looking to “re-architect” the way their systems collaborate by using this Data Lake environment to control and consolidate all information-sharing interactions within their environment. I was […]

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AHIMA’s Assessment Tool Valuable for Healthcare IG

As I have been continuing to work in the information governance area as it relates to healthcare, I recently came across an interesting development. Some of my previous blog posts have covered the difference between Information Governance and Data Governance and some of the players in the field, including the American Health Information Management Association […]

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Addressing the Information Challenge: 7 Ways Governance Can Help

The explosion of data is something that executives across industry are trying to wrap their heads around. Healthcare is no different. In fact, healthcare data is expected to grow 99% – patient data, wearables, medical literature, scientific articles, etc. are adding to the explosion of healthcare information. This data deluge is a big challenge for […]

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Trends in Governance: Enterprise Modeling is Essential

Of all the governance trends, none is more foundational and critical to the success of the governance program – indeed the organization itself – than the need for accurate, consistent, and relevant models that communicate the meaning, use, and residency of the information assets of the enterprise. Modeling not only addresses the integration and ingestion […]

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Trends in Governance: Cross-Enterprise Semantics & Metadata

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 […]

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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 […]

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Trends in Governance: Business-Centric Capability

Related to the trend of recognizing the difference between information and data, is that governance of information requires it be viewed as a business capability. This recognition is starting to take hold because healthcare organizations are realizing that it is the business needs and drivers that supply the context for the data housed by IT. […]

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Trends in Governance: Look Beyond Compliance, Risk and Analytics

Governance historically has been instituted to support regulatory and compliance needs as well as requirements from business intelligence and analytics. These are still essential aspects of Governance, but more and more programs are broadening their reach to address operational needs and helping to solve operational business challenges. Governance is therefore starting to focus more and […]

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Trends in Governance: Change Management is Critical to Success

A recognition, especially among the practitioners themselves, is that effective change management is the key to successful governance. It is still an elusive and challenging function, but its placement as the critical success factor of a governance program is becoming more and more apparent. While all of the data-as-information points so far are relevant, the […]

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Trends in Governance: Interest from Leadership

In my previous posts I discussed trends impacting governance. In my next few posts I will cover trends in governance – the first of which is Interest from Leadership. Governance is being discussed in the C-suite as a business imperative to the success and growth of a company. As the “Information as an Asset” takes […]

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Trends Impacting Governance: Residency Beyond the Perimeter

Along with Big Data is the recognition that much of the information to be governed is now beyond an enterprise’s firewall. Residency in the Cloud does not excuse an organization from effectively governing this information. If anything, it makes it even more critical for ensuring things like privacy, access and timeliness remain intact. The reality […]

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Trends Impacting Governance: The Rise of Big Data

Big Data brings its own challenges to the governance practice. Governing massive quantities of information that move quickly in and out of the enterprise requires a robust and nimble governance program. Governance practitioners must adjust their thinking and approach to deal with this while still maintaining the integrity and control of the information that is […]

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Trends Impacting Governance: Information is an Asset

Similarly to recognizing information is different than data, the idea that information is an asset is gaining more traction. Organizations are seeing that information not only powers internal processes, but that the information itself has value, whether in defining new products or services, improving consumer experience or even outright selling, either directly or through providing […]

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Trends Impacting Governance: Information is Different than Data

Information Governance is beginning to pop-up and position itself as different – but related – to Data Governance. Generally, the healthcare industry is seeing Information Governance more as a strategic endeavor, while Data Governance is more tactical in nature. However, it really seems to be about providing a more business focus on the governance initiative. […]

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