February 16, 2024
Tools and Technology in the Execute and Build Phase
Ok, you did your planning work for what tools you want to use to support your data governance efforts. You are ready to execute. What are some things you should consider?
Tools and Technology in the Planning Phase
January 26, 2024
Don’t Sign Another Software License Until You Go Through THIS Data Discovery Process...
December 12, 2023
Data Security Considerations for AI
November 9, 2023
October 13, 2023
Policies and Process During the Sustain Phase of Data Governance
If you’ve ever had a sewer backup in your basement, you have some idea what the result is of not maintaining all the hard work you did planning and implementing your policies. Sure, you’ve got plumbing, but if you don’t do the maintenance…bad things can happen.
September 15, 2023
Think you can’t use a warehouse because you have spreadsheets? Think again…
The Data Portal. We at Inciter hear this term all the time, but what does it actually mean? Usually, it is brought up in search for some elusive solution to a data collection and reporting problem, “We need a data portal.” Unfortunately, this term doesn’t actually refer to a defined process, or a specific technology. Each case is different, but after examining our clients’ specific needs, and asking the right questions, we discovered a common thread.
August 22, 2023
Data Governance Processes and Policies in the Execute and Build Phase
In the planning phase, you put a lot of thought into what policies and processes you need most and what you want them to look like. Now it’s time to put them to the test in the real world. That means subjecting all of your careful planning to the complex network of technical and social systems already operating in your organization and all of the contingencies therein.
July 14, 2023
A Deep Dive into Data Cataloging
A data catalog is one of the more accessible outputs of a data governance project. It is valuable to anyone in your organization who needs data and likes to spend as little time tracking it down as possible. Developing a data catalog can also be something of a diplomatic mission, resulting in a resource that will save your coworkers’ time and demonstrate some of the benefits of good data governance.
June 22, 2023
The Importance of Policies and Processes for Governing Your Data
The work of defining and implementing policies and processes could be a book all on its own. Often, organizations we work with are overwhelmed or confused about ”policies and processes”. So in this blog post we will talk about some common categories for organizing your thoughts about data governance policies and processes, and provide some examples to get you thinking about where you might start.
May 19, 2023
Data Problems Are People Problems...
This means data solutions are people solutions, too! Data governance can be divided into three components: people, processes, and technology. In this post, we’ll talk about people. They’re the non-technical, ever-present, and most important component of anything you do with data. As usual.
April 18, 2023
Getting Started with Data Governance
Data Governance is a big topic, right up there with regulatory compliance, data-based decision-making, and being a learning organization. For leadership, it sounds like an initiative, with committees, lots of meetings, and tons of paperwork. If an organization’s leaders don’t have a strong data background, they may find it hard to understand the value of investing time and money to improve data governance.
March 14, 2023
Data Governance. It Matters. And You Are Already Doing It.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Data Governance. As awareness grows, many of our clients are generally feeling like they need to work on their data governance, and some are asking us if we can help. In response, I’ve decided to write a blog series about this mysterious new-to-many and important subject. In this series, I’ll describe what Data Governance is (this post) and why it’s important, and provide you with a framework for understanding and improving Data Governance in your organization, regardless of where you are on the Data Governance spectrum.
December 7, 2022
How to Effectively Plan and Execute a Data Technology Project
Your reports are on the struggle bus. Your data is all over the place. Everyone is complaining that they can’t get the reports they need, or spend too much valuable time getting mediocre reports. You and your staff are spending way too much time battling data systems that should be making your life easier instead of harder. Are you fishing around for days just trying to get the right information? Answering 20 questions a day from people who can’t get the data they need? Spending hours (or days, or weeks) cleaning and merging the same data over and over in various spreadsheets?