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Navigating the Labyrinth: An Executive Guide to Data Management by Laura Sebastian-Coleman for DAMA International

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Chapter 5 Data Governance

Through an unfortunate accident of history, the term data management was originally used to describe the work that Database Administrators (DBAs) and other highly technical people did to ensure that data in large data banks was available and accessible. It is still strongly associated with those activities. The term data governance was introduced, in part, to make clear that managing data goes beyond managing databases. More importantly, data governance describes the processes by which organizations make decisions about data, decisions that need to be carried out by people throughout the enterprise.

In most enterprises data moves horizontally, across business verticals. If an organization is to leverage its data effectively ...

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