The Data Management function must establish a set of guiding principles for the design of the function. A recommended set of principles are below.
- Data accountability must align to the business process owner that produces the data
- Data must be harmonized to meaning
- Data requires governing
- Data under management must be maintained in a single domain with a single point for provisioning
- Data Management capabilities must be defined and adopted consistently across the organization
- Data Management standard processes and tools must be executed consistently across the organization
- Data Management as a service (internal/external) will be optimized within the organization
- Data Management requirements must be included in all new process and technology change
These principles are non-negotiable and will ensure the core objectives of Data Management are carried forward in the design and ultimate execution of the function. Understanding and adoption of these principles should be obtained from the senior leadership of the organization (see Data Owner Executive Forum in the Governance Construct).