Our information governance framework focuses on:
(1) Information Governance Architecture Definition (2) Reconciliation Control Framework, and (3) Agile Delivery Methodology.
─ Governance Architecture Definition ─
Without a fundamental knowledge of the sources and uses of data within an organization, data governance is like a balloon full of air. If you don’t understand what you are governing it won’t matter how many governing bodies, structure, policies, and procedures you apply to the problem.
The framework, developed in conjunction with our strategic partner, MetaGovernance uses taxonomy of business terms to determine subject areas. Linkage between subject areas and stakeholders (governance roles) is established. Stakeholders identify the sources (data bases, spreadsheets, etc.) and uses (reports, spreadsheets, etc.) of their information. This research and re-definition of subject area groupings frequently leads to unexpected insights about the true state of an organization’s information assets.
These definitions and relationships are the fundamental building blocks of the governance architecture. From these core building blocks additional relationships can be mapped to business structures such as processes, capabilities, and policies as well as to technical / risk factors such as applications, security rules, and retention requirements.
With these definitions and linkages, the organization has a mapping of their information governance architecture across many domains of the overall enterprise architecture.
─ Reconciliation Control Framework ─
The Reconciliation Control Framework® leverages the Governance Architecture by implementing automated reconciliation controls at the data and reporting layers with targeted feedback to stakeholders. The Governance Architecture is used to assess a company’s reporting environment from standard business applications and data warehouses to spreadsheets and ad-hoc reporting systems. The framework provides demonstrable evidence that the reporting architecture of your organization are an accurate and auditable reflection of business processes.
How it works: Governance architecture establishes subject areas of information, identifies the stakeholders for subject areas, and associates key business attributes with subject areas. As a part of the governance architecture, data sources and uses (reports) will also be associated with subject areas. The governance architecture is often extended to map the key data elements (called data objects in our nomenclature).
Once this metadata is in place, determining the ongoing quality of an organization’s reporting solutions and information assets is significantly simplified. Through the use of our InfoCheck™, comparisons can be made of data at the database or reporting layer without the need for programming. Feedback on issues of data quality issues can be provided to the governance stakeholders on a “before used” basis by leveraging the already existing connections within the governance architecture metadata.
The Reconciliation Control Framework® coupled with the Governance Architecture provides a completed picture of the details of the current state AND the quality of an organization’s information assets. Information Governance becomes a meaningful and critical organizational activity.
─ Agile Delivery Methodology ─
Agile principles align very well with the keys to success for establishing a Data Governance program or for creating and sustaining operational data governance within existing Lean/Agile projects.
IGT uses an agile approach to focus on deliverables that are valuable to your business and are continuously introduced into the organization at the right time. These are delivered through close collaboration of motivated individuals. By continuously improving the Data Governance process, an organization can remain flexible, compliant, and responsive; and end up with an integrated data governance program that enables the delivery of accurate and timely information for operational or financial disclosure needs.
Our bundled service offerings are built around agile methodology that quickly deliver results in a targeted domain. These include Information Governance QuickStart Program and Reconciliation Control Framework Starter Program. Learn more about these programs in our Bundled Services section.
When a customized solution required, we will leverage our experience and expertise to determine if an agile delivery method is called for or an a more formal planning and delivery approach is needed. Learn more about this program in our Customized Services section.