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Kalido’s Data Governance Director – what it means for companies

by Lyndsay Wise, President, WiseAnalyticsWednesday, June 09, 2010

Today Kalido announced their Data Governance Director to enable organizations to manage their data governance initiatives from inception through compliance as well as manage the business processes associated with data governance in general. On a high level, Kalido’s focus is on three areas:

  1. Managing data policies by developing context surrounding business processes that can be agreed upon throughout the organization,
  2. Developing operational data governance processes that include change management, policy creation, and overall tracking, and
  3. Monitoring and measuring compliance related to data policies and data governance across the organization.

What these three focus points do is centralize the process of data governance creation and management.  The market is saturated with data warehouse, data integration, data quality, master data management, etc. type solutions that try to manage one piece of an organization’s data problems/pains with the ability to integrate into other areas to address broader data management issues.  However, very little exists that addresses the overarching need of organizations to develop and maintain a single data infrastructure to help them manage all of the data processes that tie in to enhanced data quality and performance management. 

Earlier this year, some vendors announced product offerings that were the start of data management platforms to address multiple types of data issues and the move towards a more holistic approach to data management.  What Kalido is doing, takes this one step further – data governance links the business processes that support data.  Without developing a process centric approach to data management and the integration of process management within data governance solutions, there will always be a gap in terms of managing and monitoring data requirements across the organization.

Organizations with strong BI and MDM infrastructures are slowly moving towards the integration of data governance practices within their data management initiatives.  Kalido’s announcement offers a good start for these types of businesses.  Whether companies are mature in this area or not, it is becoming essential to look at data, the policies surrounding data, and tying them to the business to ensure cohesion across the organization. Consequently, the ability for more and more companies to take advantage of these types of platforms will become a reality as other vendors work towards providing similar data infrastructures for businesses.

About the Author

Lyndsay Wise is an industry analyst for business intelligence. For over seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay is the channel expert for BI for the Mid-Market at B-eye-Network and conducts research of leading technologies, products and vendors in business intelligence, marketing performance management, master data management, and unstructured data. She can be reached at lwise@wiseanalytics.com. And please visit Lyndsay's blog at myblog.wiseanalytics.com.


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