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Whether you know or it or not, you already have a data governance policy in place
29 April 2015, by , in Data Management, No comments

In August at the ASAE Annual Meeting, I’ll be presenting a session on Data Governance along with Deb Hangar, ASAE’s director of database administration. (Click here to learn more.)

As I’ve been planning the session, a thought struck me: Whether you know or it or not, you already have a data governance policy in place.

What I mean by that is that if you don’t have a formal data governance policy in place, your policy is simply “Anything goes!”

And that’s the risk of not having a data governance policy (or other business rules related to data entry). If you don’t have a policy in place, then anything goes is your policy. Staff is free to follow whatever rules they deem correct and appropriate. Obviously that can lead to all kinds of unintended results.

So remember, whether you know or it or not, you already have a data governance policy in place. You just want to be sure it’s the policy you really want to have.

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