Aaron Zornes Data Governance Session at Oracle OpenWorld

I’ve always enjoyed the depth and quality of Aaron Zornes’ analysis on master data management. I’ve been attending the MDM Summit conferences that he organizes in the U.S. with SourceMedia since 2006, and I’ve spoken at quite a few of his events.

Today I had the pleasure of hearing him speak on enterprise data governance. Here are some of his major points:

  • Don’t settle for “passive” / downstream data governance; instead demand “active” / upstream data governance (please see my white paper with Siperian on this at http://forms.siperian.com/content/PowerGovernancePR).
  • Don’t expect data governance maturity assessments to solve all your problems and provide a roadmap out of data governance anarchy.
  • Today’s “data stewardship consoles” are substantially less than true enterprise data governance.
  • Vendor viability does matter.
  • Be prepared to spend $250k-$500k for an initial data governance solution.

Aaron styles himself as the “godfather of MDM” and today was a good reminder of why he deserves that title.

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