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Robert S. Seiner

Welcome to my (Web) log. I look forward to spending time with you here to initiate, precipitate and participate in interesting web conversation addressing data governance, data stewardship, meta-data and data management issues of the day. ;) Comments on my posts are always welcome. Thoughts for new topics? Let me know. Thanks. Bob

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Robert (Bob) S. Seiner is recognized as the publisher of The Data Administration Newsletter, LLC www.TDAN.com an award winning electronic publication that focuses on sharing information about data, information, contentand knowledge management disciplines. With 2013, TDAN.com enters its 17th year. Mr. Seiner speaks often at major data management and meta-data management, business intelligence and knowledge management related conferences and user group meetings across the U.S. He can be reached at the newsletter at rseiner@tdan.com or 412-220-9643.

Mr. Seiner is the President and Principal Consultant of KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC www.KIKconsulting.com. KIK, celebrating its 12th year, is a company that focuses on knowledge transfer and consultative mentoring in the fields of data governance and data stewardship implementations, metadata management, master data management and data architecture. Beyond knowledge-transfer-focused consulting, Mr. Seiner offers two-day in-house and public courses on how to build and implement data governance / stewardship programs and metadata programs. Contact Mr. Seiner at KIK at rseiner@kikconsulting.com.

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April 2008 Archives

How the heck can data governance be non-invasive? I am getting this question a lot these days. In fact more than 90% of the people that attend my sessions at the TDWI, MDM, DAMA and DG conferences tell me that the term “Non-Invasive Data Governance”™ is what attracts them to the session. They walk out at the end of the sessions as believers.

Let me answer this question quickly and to the point ...


Many organizations view Data Governance as being over-and-above normal work efforts and threatening to the existing work culture of the organization. It does not have to be that way.

Many organizations have a difficult time getting people to adopt data governance best practices because of a common belief that data governance is about command-and-control. It does not have to be that way.

While I firmly state that data governance is “the execution and enforcement of authority over the management of data”, nowhere in that definition does it say that Data Governance has to be invasive or threatening to the work, people and culture of the organization. It does not have to be that way.

“Non-Invasive Data Governance”™, the approach taught and implemented by Robert S. Seiner of KIK Consulting & TDAN.com, focuses on formalizing existing accountability for the management of data and improving formal communications, value and quality efforts through effective cross-organization stewarding of data resources.

“Non-Invasive Data Governance”™ can be summed up in a few quick statements:

With Non-Invasive Data Governance - Data steward responsibilities are identified and recognized, formalized and engaged according to their existing responsibility rather than being assigned or handed to people as more work.

With Non-Invasive Data Governance - The governance of data is applied to existing policies, standard operating procedures, practices, and methodologies … rather than being introduced or emphasized as new processes or methods.

With Non-Invasive Data Governance - The governance of data augments and supports all data integration, risk management, business intelligence and master data management activities rather than imposing inconsistent rigor to these initiatives.

With Non-Invasive Data Governance - Specific attention is paid to assuring senior management’s understanding of a practical and non-threatening yet effective approach to governing data that will be taken to mediate ownership and promote stewarding of data as a cross-organization asset, rather than the traditional method of “you will do this”.

With Non-Invasive Data Governance - Best practices and key concepts of the non-threatening approach are communicated effectively, compared to existing practices to identify and leverage strengths and enable the ability to address opportunities to improve.

Data Governance, by the mere inclusion of the term “governance”, requires the administration of something. In this case, Data Governance refers to the administering of discipline around the management of data. Rather than making the discipline appear threatening and difficult, my suggestion is to follow a “Non-Invasive Data Governance”™ approach that focuses on formalizing what already exists and addressing opportunities to improve.


For more information on the “Non-Invasive Data Governance”™ approach, please consider attending a public two-day seminar at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 9 & 10. Mention this blog when registering and receive one free seat in the seminar for every two at regular price. Visit http://www.kikconsulting.com for more information.

Also, Please keep your eyes out for the announcement of a TDAN.com and Business Intelligence Network co-produced Webinar titled - “Non-Invasive Data Governance”™: It is Not all About Command and Control - coming soon to an internet connection near you.

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What is NON-INVASIVE DATA GOVERNANCE? How can Data Governance possibly be non-threatening and non-bureaucratic? There IS a pragmatic way to quickly and inexpensively build your program using proven templates and internally developed tools. KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC will conduct a 2-day public seminar – How to Build & Implement “Non-Invasive Data Governance” and Data Stewardship Programs – on Monday and Tuesday June 9 & 10, 2008 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visit http://www.kikconsulting.com to download a brochure.


Dear TDAN.com Readers,

The new issue (April 2008) of The Data Administration Newsletter (TDAN.com) is now available on-line at http://www.TDAN.com. Check out what is inside the new issue and please let me know if you are interested in publishing an article in a future issue. MORE CONTENT MORE OFTEN means more opportunity for you to get your articles published in this popular e-publication for Data Management Professionals.

The April issue contains several new articles. Tom Carlock contributed an article in association with the Data Governance Conference being held in San Francisco in June. The article is titled “So You Want to be a Data Champion?” (click through their banner to learn more about this conference). James Luisi has an article called “Architecture Made Easy”, Alan Perkins and Jack Lindsey have contributed new articles as well. Recent articles from Aaron Zornes – “MDM Roadmap”, John Singer – “ITIL CMDB” and Eskil Swende on SOA can be found in recent past issues.

SECOND CALL FOR FEATURE COLUMNS: Please let me know if you are interested in publishing a quarterly feature columns on the pages of TDAN.com. All ideas will be strongly considered. The April issue contains new columns from Craig Mullins (Database Report), Steve Hoberman (Data Modeling Addict) and Bob Dominko (Unwired Tap). I am looking columnists interested in contributing a new column for every three months (Feb/May/Aug/Nov or Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec). Feature columns are a very popular piece of TDAN.com content.

The rest of the publication continues to be updated regularly including new book reviews, an updated list of data-oriented conferences through 2008, updates to the book list of several top books published in late ’07 and in ’08, business resource list, companies and products list and more. The quote of the week (Martin Luther King this week) and 5 data oriented news stories (TDANews) continue to be updated weekly.

SPECIAL MENTION: The U.S. Department of the Interior and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota were named Co-Winners of this year’s Wilshire Award for Meta-Data Best Practices. The awards were presented at the DAMA International Symposium/Wilshire Meta-Data Conference in March. TDAN.com is a yearly Co-Sponsor of this award and I had the privilege of chairing an esteemed group of judges again this year. For more information please visit: http://www.wilshireconferences.com/MD2008/wilshire_award.html.

I am always interested in your feedback regarding the new issue and the new look of TDAN.com. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions and comments. A form has been set up through the Contact tab to submit these comments. Thanks.

NEW Articles Added for April 2008:

-- James Luisi – Architecture Made Easy

-- Tom Carlock – So You Want to be a Data Champion?
In association with the Data Governance Conference

-- Alan Perkins – Enterprise Service Engineering

-- Jack Lindsey – Subtyping in W3C XML Schema – Part 1

For those of you looking for chapter 8 of my series on Non-Invasive Data Governance(tm) - The Stewardship Approach to Data Governance, please check back in a few days and that article will be added – Publisher’s Privilege. Let me know if you are a follower of this series and if you are interested in seeing previews of the future chapters.

NEW Feature Columns Added for April 2008:

-- Craig Mullins – The Database Report
Reporting on Database Industry News from January through March 2008

-- Steve Hoberman – The Data Modeling Addict
The Data Model Scorecard Category 8 of 10

-- Bob Dominko – Unwired Tap
To Infinity (3G) and Beyond

NEW Special Features Added for April 2008:

-- Mike Lampa – Eye on TDWI – Review of the Las Vegas TDWI Conference
Check out Mike as the new author of this feature!

Also on the Pages of TDAN.com this Month:

-- Book Reviews

-- Updated Conference List

-- Updated Business Resource Section

-- Updated Book List

-- Special Features

-- Updated Company & Product List

TDAN.com Media Sponsored Events:

Please visit the web sites for these events by clicking through their banners on the TDAN.com site. TDAN.com promotes the industry leading events through the publishing of papers, banners, links and reviews of the best of the best industry events:

MDM Summit – Europe 2008
April 21-23, 2008 – London, UK

The Data Warehousing Institute – Spring World Conference
May 11-16, 2008 – Chicago, IL

IDUG North America 2008
May 18-22, 2008 – Chicago, IL

Data Governance Conference 2008
June 2-5, 2008 – San Francisco, CA

NEW Linked Data Planet Spring 2008
June 17-18, 2008 – New York City, NY

Thank you very much for your continued interest and support of The Data Administration Newsletter. The newsletter’s success is closely tied to the submissions of excellent articles by industry specialists and practitioners like yourself. If you are interested in publishing an article, please let me know as soon as possible. The deadlines typically fall monthly before new content is added. Do you have an article in you? I hope to hear from you.

Comments on the new issue of TDAN.com are always welcome.
Have a great month.

Robert S. Seiner

President & Principal
KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC - www.KIKconsulting.com

The Data Administration Newsletter, LLC - www.TDAN.com

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