What are the Benefits of Using Data Governance?
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What are the Benefits of Using Data Governance?

By CIOReview | Friday, August 27, 2021

Data governance sets the rules that must be followed across the organization while interacting with the data. 

FREMONT, CA: Data governance can be defined as the process of regulating the usability, security, availability, and quality of data in an organization by enforcing rules and policies that are created and implemented internally.

Any company that wants to analyze its data needs to have good data governance. It fosters an atmosphere where data may flourish as a source of actionable knowledge that helps the company grow. Without it, data may struggle to maintain the quality criteria required for usable insight extraction, or it may be subjected to security threats that jeopardize its integrity, placing the company in danger of being sued.

Data governance ensures consistency throughout all the company's divisions, allowing for efficient data integration. A supplier's name, for example, maybe entered separately in the procurement office and the factory's database. This may be a hurdle for the analyst who has never worked with the supplier during data integration. It provides consistency and eliminates the analyst's need to consult the departments that generated the data to comprehend it.

Governance regulates who within the organization has access to the data and how they may access it and provide insight and security. Before establishing rules and procedures for internal data access, it is critical to identify what data every member of staff requires.

Benefits of Data Governance

Provides consistency in compliance: The data protection rules like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards), and the US HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) are all quite rigorous on how data must be handled. Failure to comply with these standards can led to significant fines and a negative reputation for the organization. Data governance considers all the requirements of the applicable legislation from the start, ensuring that the businesses' data is protected.

Improved quality of data: A robust governance guarantees that data quality is prioritized at each point of data creation. As a result, overall data quality inside the firm improves.

Readily available and accurate data map: Data governance acts as an address book for all the data in the organization, outlining where it resides and how it may be accessible. This assures that no data is separated due to errors in commission or omission from the organization's general rules and procedures.

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