A lesson from the lab: data governance
In a laboratory, chemists have strict rules that govern how they handle chemicals. Everyone working in that lab, from the Chief Technician to the cleaner, understands the importance of those rules, and what the risks are if they don’t follow them.
When it comes to data in a business, the same is not always the case. Data is used, managed and uploaded across the entire organisation, but the importance of that data and the consequences of good and bad data on business objectives aren’t recognised. The result is bad habits that lead to poor data quality, which in turn leads to big problems for data-led projects.
But in order for businesses to get the full impact from their data, and avoid data mistakes, businesses need their own set of rules that govern how data is handled, ensuring it can be a useful resource, not a volatile substance.
Data Governance provides a set of protocols that govern how data is managed within a business, to ensure that every person and computer system manages data correctly, to maintain data quality and get the right results from data. For any data-led initiative to work, data governance is crucial to making sure that data quality is managed and maintained.
But embarking on an internal Data Governance initiative isn’t always easy. At Comma, we connect people with data to ensure that data governance is embraced at a business level. To find out how we do it – and the impact it has had for our clients – email Russell.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our contact us page and fill out the online enquiry form. One of our Data Chemists will be with you shortly.