Gartner Research

Information Governance in the Age of Big Data

Published: 30 May 2013

ID: G00251071

Analyst(s): Svetlana Sicular


Organizations should not assume that the perceived value and urgency of big data opportunities outweigh the need for clear-headed information governance because doing so would heighten liability risks and lead to possibly incorrect insights from big data.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Definitions

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
  • Use Cases
  • Data
    • 12 Dimensions of Big Data
    • Governed Data
  • Key Issues of Big Data Governance
    • Business Value
    • Reusability
    • Compliance
    • Risk
  • A Heat Map of Big Data Governance Priorities
  • Information Governance Precepts

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Disconnecting Big Data Governance From Other Information Governance Efforts
  • Governing Too Much or Too Little
  • The Absence of Leadership
  • Ignored Innovation Support
  • Inability to Find and Engage New Users of Information
  • Neglected Ownership of New Data Sources
  • Lack of Standards
  • Inattention to Metadata
  • Inability to Measure the Business Value of Big Data Analytics
  • Overlooked Regulatory Compliance

Recommended Reading

  • Revision History


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