Gartner Research

The Data Management Organization: Key to Effective Data Management

Published: 04 May 2009

ID: G00203750

Analyst(s): Noreen Kendle


Data has become extremely important to most organizations, yet the dysfunctional cycle of data chaos continues. Clearly, the traditional tools-technology approach is not working. Organizations must begin to manage data as the critical business asset it is. A data management organization (DMO) is the key. In this overview, Burton Group Analyst Noreen Kendle describes the critical role a DMO plays in breaking the dysfunctional cycle of data chaos and effectively managing data as a business asset.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Data and Data Management
    • Data
    • Data Management
    • The State of Data Management Today
  • The DMO and Effective Data Management
    • The DMO
    • DMO Purpose
    • The DMO and a Systems Approach to Data
    • DMO and Proactive Data Management
    • An Effective DMO
  • Recommendations
    • Secure Executive Commitment
    • Measure Data Management Maturity
    • Make a Business Case
    • Have a Strategy
    • Find the Right People
    • Create a DMO Roadmap
    • Use a Systems Approach
    • Proactively Manage the Data
    • Operate as a Customer Service Business
    • Market Data Management and the DMO
    • Facilitate Data Sharing
    • Keep the DMO as Simple as Possible

The Details

  • Laying a DMO Foundation
    • Data Management Maturity
    • Creating a DMO Business Case
    • Acquire DMO Support
    • Creating the DMO Strategy
  • Building a DMO
    • Getting the Right People
    • Building the DMO Team
    • Defining the DMO Scope of Work
    • Defining the DMO Roles and Responsibilities
    • The DMO Roadmap
  • Operating a DMO
    • Keeping a Customer Focus
    • Marketing the DMO
    • Measure Progress



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