Part of the IGT Suite
─── Information Governance Framework™ ───
IGT’s patent-pending InfoGov™ technology effectively defines the complex and dynamic relationships between the business and an organization’s data and information assets. Without a tool, the full set of data and linkages that comprise the information governance architecture would be difficult to capture and impossible to maintain.
Our framework, supported by InfoGov, classifies the data and information assets of an organization, and then extends this information to show the association of processes, workflows, systems, controls, security implications, and people. InfoGov was developed based on tactical knowledge of how to define and implement sustainable data governance and information governance initiatives. Having lived years in the trenches with spreadsheets as the sole governance tool, we applied our robust understanding of both governance and enterprise architecture to develop a product that has been built by practitioners and for practitioners. InfoGov gives you awareness of what your data looks like, where it is located, and who cares about its creation and use.
- Define organization groups including departments, committees, and task forces; then associate staff members with these groups. Membership in a group will control the information that is received and access to appropriate information within the system.
- Capture key information sources used within the organization. This is not limited to “official” IT systems. Spreadsheets and personal data stores such as Access data bases can and should be included if they are used for reporting.
- Create subject areas that group information together based on ownership and usage. InfoGov employs a sophisticated method that allows the subject areas to change and evolve over time without major rework of the underlying information. This reworking is inevitable as organizations gain a better understanding of the information architecture of the organization.
- Assign governance roles (owner, delegate, consumer, steward, etc.) to subject areas. This is the key connector in building an information governance program.
- Define business attributes at the logical level. This becomes the business glossary for the organization.
- Define security, privacy, and confidentiality at the subject area and / or business attribute level
- Define retention standards at the logical (business attribute) level to assure that those standards are applied consistently for all occurrences of the data.
- Link data objects (physical instances of data) to its logical business attribute. The business glossary then becomes a useful tool for report development within the organization.
- Identify reports used in the organization.
- Assign business attributes to their associated subject areas and reports. This linkage is key to identifying “who cares” at a detailed level rather than as an abstraction.
- Identify business processes and associate them with subject areas. This is a key linkage to support the information architecture with the application architecture (information sources) and business architecture (business processes) of the organization.
- View drill-down awareness grids that rveal the defined information architecture.
- View dashboards that measure coverage for your data governance initiative.
- Define your own reports.
Some of the common use cases for InfoGov include:
- Organizations that are actively pursuing information governance but can no longer track information on a spreadsheet.
- Organizations that need both professional services and technology to start an information governance program.
- Organizations that want to get started quickly and don’t want to invest in an expensive technology solution
MetaGovernance clients receive a dedicated, fully secure, cloud instance of InfoGov module. An on-premise version is also available. Stand-alone authentication or integration with active directory is available for either the cloud-based or on premise solution..
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