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Is the data used for business decisions both current and accurate?
Does your IT department work closely with business leaders make effective use of data, and have the ability to deliver positive business outcomes?
Is your data under control?
Does your data security meet legal, compliance and regulatory requirements?
Almost any organization will say they make decisions based on data, or that they want to. Scratch the surface with a few questions about the quality of that data and confidence vanishes. Move on to discuss data security and see how quickly the subject changes. Data is clearly a key element in any business decision process today; this paper explains a few simple steps for finding confidence in data and the distribution infrastructure that makes it available.
As self-service is becoming the norm in data and analytics, more business users are demanding access to data to gain their own insights and drive localized initiatives. The vast majorities of people have smart mobile devices and expect to access data from wherever they are. This any-device-anywhere culture will continue to grow as technology continues to become more powerful, and as data transfer rates improve globally. Let’s consider the risk of data in transit—and hatch a plan for it.
Having a data implementation blueprint with executive support is imperative—it also needs to bring data analytics directly to the people who understand what questions to ask with regard to the insights it can provide. Modern data governance requires a true balancing act between enabling self-service analysis, and protecting sensitive business information.
Most countries mandate data protection legislation for information about individual citizens. Additional layers of governance are also applied to public company financial information as well as other protections in healthcare and education. Organizations don’t just have to comply with these layers of governance, but proof of compliance is generally required.
Data acquisition continues to build momentum as a key activity for all types of organizations, and with a myriad of data storage methods made available over the years, any longstanding company will likely still have legacy systems in place. Even with newer, on-premise of cloud based solutions implemented, these legacy storage systems just never seem to fade away.
Finding a safe and effective management system for all the various data sources, including the random spreadsheets, coupled with a way to bring organizations to a higher standard of data quality, is a task that requires a combining of efforts for an IT and business approach.
More precise data insights will show in terms of both increased revenues and reduced costs of operation ultimately driving better business outcomes. Organizations that understand their data can and will make better, more informed and faster decisions.
I spend less than an hour a month maintaining the environment that supports 1400 users. I have no helpdesk calls, the only call I get is I want another license.
Director of EPM and BI, UnitedHealthcare
Consider these four essential elements when building or refining your own data governance strategy.
1. The Team
2. Data Quality
3. Data Security and Compliance
4. Report and Dashboard Governance
The key to data governance in an age of self-service analytics is to make IT a partner to the business. Data governance is not about locking everything down to a few privileged users, but about enabling broad groups of users with the appropriate controls. Business users get secure access to shared production data sources managed by IT, so they don’t have to go fishing for the right data or worry whether data is secure. IT has the opportunity to set security controls and business practices, helping them keep their data accurate and secure. When done right, data governance is about providing the right data to the right people when ever they need it, where ever they need it, so they can answer their own questions.
Tableau provides an infrastructure to help people see and understand their data. Tableau Desktop fits into any data governance strategy, providing an easy to use and learn data visualization platform while supporting single sign-on through Active Directory and SAML to control the level of data access users have within workbooks and shared visualizations. Tableau Server and Tableau Online facilitate secure sharing of data and reports on a global basis while maintaining organizational governance policies. Mobile support for Android and iOS allows users to view and interact with their data on the go. All users get to drill down into the data as far as their access rights allow.
Tableau Software retains its position and builds on its strength as a leader in Agile ADV. The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014.
Tableau Software retains its position and builds on its strength as a leader in Agile ADV.
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