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jail.” Well, without governance, it’s true; there exists no formalized
process for proving for regulatory compliance with HIPAA (Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 1996) and privacy
laws. Data governance initiatives may be aimed at achieving a num-
ber of objectives including oering better visibility to internal and
external customers and compliance with regulatory laws.
• Harmonizing: Governance provides for standard denitions. is
allows developers, database administrations, end users, and data
stewards to be working on the same page.
• Consistent Analysis: is allows the business to roll up (consolidated)
values with consistent values comparing apples to apples.
• Faster Development: By providing standard denitions and models,
we provide the infrastructure for extreme development. e most
dicult part of the development of a BI (business intelligence) proj-
ect is getting the data. If we do not need to add data elements, we can
develop applications in days or hours.
• Coniction Resolution: Many organizations have evolved into iso-
lated fathoms. We need an authority to resolve disputes across each
of the efdoms.
• Asset Management: is is the harvesting and management of assets
to maximum business returns. Asset management ensures prioriti-
zation with an enterprise view and allows reduction in costs through
elimination of duplicate eorts.
• Security: Operational metadata. Who accesses what and when and
how? is will not only allow for regulatory compliance, but for better
data warehouse design. We can map the usage of each data mart.
Ifone data mart is not being utilized, we can redesign or start an
educational program on how to better utilize it.
• Better Data and Process Quality: By having clearly dened enter-
prise business rules all users will be able to understand. We can
further empower end users through exposing them to the business
rules. is allows for completing jobs at the speed of business.
FIT FOR PURPOSE VERSUS SINGLE VERSION OF THE TRUTH
In a Single Version of the Truth architecture, the Governance Boards
agree upon one true denition of each attribute. Without a governance