Big Data is something that companies are trying to define with regard to what it means to their operation and to their competitive landscape. When considering the growing number of sources of unstructured data (e.g. social media) and structured data, just defining the landscape of what you are talking about can be difficult. In this blog we have provided a framework for how to define Big Data, getting value from Big Data and now providing actionable points on how to turn a three headed monster into something that adds significant and ongoing business value.
In an earlier posting we identified the requirement to gain cross functional consensus with regard to how Big Data solutions are created to serve the intended purpose of solving a business problem(s). We also focused on why it is so important to take an enterprise wide perspective to maximize the value of the investment. In this posting, we will focus on the importance of data governance.
What does data governance have to do with Big Data? Everything. Effective solutions take time and resources to build correctly. The question is do you want that investment to solve a business problem one time or to continue to support solving the business problem over time.
Problems are solved by business leaders and managers making decisions that positively impact the efficiency and financial impact of the operation. Decisions that are fact based and that are actionable.
Ok, so what does that have to do with Data Governance? Let’s say that you have a significant business problem to solve. The information that you have in front of you is known to be consistently accurate and specific to the problem area. This is a function of the information coming from the same source, that the information has been verified by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and the way that it has been processed is consistent to provide the information you need. What did I just describe? Data Governance; the insurance policy for Big Data, and this insurance policy continues to provide returns as you measure the impact of those decisions over time.
Data Governance provides the rules for which you are obtaining, organizing, validating and processing the vast amounts of structured and unstructured data to gain competitive advantage. Without it, your Big Data investments are a waste of time.
We would appreciate hearing your thoughts and comments. All the best, Richard
Richard Sharpe is CEO of Competitive Insights, LLC (CI), a founding officer of the American Logistics Aid Network(ALAN) and designated by DC Velocityas a Rainmaker in the industry. For the last 25 years, Richard has been passionate about driving business value through the adoption of process and technology innovations. His current focus is to support CI’s mission to enable companies to gain maximum value through specific, precise and actionable insights across the organization for smarter growth. CI delivers Enterprise Profit Insights (EPI) solutions that enable cross-functional users to increase and protect profitability. Prior to his current role, Richard was President of CAPS Logistics, the forerunner of supply chain optimization. Richard is a frequent speaker at national conferences and leading academic institutions. His current focus is to challenge executives to improve their company’s competitive position by turning enterprise wide data from a liability to an asset through the use of applied business analytics.