Gartner Research

Foundations for Data Governance

Published: 24 August 2009

ID: G00203828

Analyst(s): Joe Bugajski


Data governance is a component of IT governance, which is part of corporate governance. Businesses should assert data governance at the board level, then at the executive committee level, and then at the CIO and IT data management levels. Data governance can yield revenues and profits. Organizations should launch a data governance program if one does not exist, or improve one that does exist, to capture benefits. In this Data Management Strategies overview, Senior Analyst Joe Bugajski defines a data governance framework and describes how to undertake a data governance program.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Data Governance
    • Governed Data Types
  • ITG Framework Applied to Data Governance
    • Data Responsibilities
    • Data Knowledge Domains
    • Precepts
    • Data Governance Council
  • Data Governance Demands Excellent Communications
  • Recommendations
    • Request Board Authority for Data Governance
    • Take the 10 Steps to Data Governance
  • Related Research

The Details

  • Corporate Governance Primer
    • The Decision Makers
    • Legal Frameworks
  • ITG Precepts
    • Data Responsibilities
    • Data Knowledge Domains
  • A Program for Effective Data Governance
    • Data Governance Dependencies on the ITG Program
    • Data Governance Dependencies on EA
    • Data Governance Dependencies on Data Management
    • Data Governance Dependencies on Information Security
    • Steps for Launching an Effective Data Governance Program



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