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Dan Linstedt

Bill Inmon has given me this wonderful opportunity to blog on his behalf. I like to cover everything from DW2.0 to integration to data modeling, including ETL/ELT, SOA, Master Data Management, Unstructured Data, DW and BI. Currently I am working on ways to create dynamic data warehouses, push-button architectures, and automated generation of common data models. You can find me at Denver University where I participate on an academic advisory board for Masters Students in I.T. I can't wait to hear from you in the comments of my blog entries. Thank-you, and all the best; Dan Linstedt http://www.COBICC.com, danL@danLinstedt.com

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Cofounder of Genesee Academy, RapidACE, and BetterDataModel.com, Daniel Linstedt is an internationally known expert in data warehousing, business intelligence, analytics, very large data warehousing (VLDW), OLTP and performance and tuning. He has been the lead technical architect on enterprise-wide data warehouse projects and refinements for many Fortune 500 companies. Linstedt is an instructor of The Data Warehousing Institute and a featured speaker at industry events. He is a Certified DW2.0 Architect. He has worked with companies including: IBM, Informatica, Ipedo, X-Aware, Netezza, Microsoft, Oracle, Silver Creek Systems, and Teradata.  He is trained in SEI / CMMi Level 5, and is the inventor of The Matrix Methodology, and the Data Vault Data modeling architecture. He has built expert training courses, and trained hundreds of industry professionals, and is the voice of Bill Inmons' Blog on http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/linstedt/.

I've been doing a lot of research lately on the nature of Governance. There are a lot of misconstrued definitions in the market place, and a lot of vendors throwing around terms that they don't define. It seems like I've found definitions for Corporate Governance, and IT Governance, and even a definition for "Country" Governance, but finding definitions of SOA Governance and Data Governance leads to muddy water. "It's like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands!" (Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkaban).

I recently ran a search on "IT Governance"+Defined, it came up with some interesting ideas, I then did the same for Data Governance. Surprisingly, many vendors claim they have or support Data Governance, but nowhere do they define exactly what that means, or how it applies to business. In fact, in some cases, they define Data Governance as "Governance over Data" - extremely redundant.

In light of this confusion, I've decided to write a new series for Bill Inmons newsletter on Governance, and what it means to business. Included in this series are snippets of best practices which my consulting company has developed and implements on site. Surprisingly, there are many consultancies who claim to be able to help implement Governance at an enterprise, but very few actually can define just what it is, what its' deliverables, are, and how to make it work within the corporate organization.

After reading through the series, feel free to comment HERE on the articles, use this as the feedback for the series on governance. OR if you have thoughts about what works and what companies SHOULD implement, please comment here as well.

Happy reading!
Dan L

Posted January 24, 2006 6:51 AM
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