In the past couple of years in my IBM Information Management Data Security, Compliance and Optimization COE role, a week has not gone by where I have not been pulled into a conversation or presentation with a client account team, or the clients themselves looking for “the” answers to questions such as “how do I implement a COE …for Archiving or Decommissioning or Test Data Management”. Each time I get this question I find myself trying to “encapsulate” an answer that has multiple dimensions and layers into a couple of key concepts and guidance…and of course… I am probably only sometimes successful in hitting the mark.
The challenges of course lie in the peeling back of the layers of understanding. First, what the inquirer really means by “COE.” Is this just the mechanical engine or competency team that executes the respective governance based activity, or is the vision the more comprehensive “framework of information governance,” to include all of the larger sets of foundation and supporting disciplines that would then be driving the executions?
Of course, the usual answer is something like “just help me figure out how to do this by the end of the year, I have an audit!”
Understanding and implementing information governance components and capabilities has been a focal point at IBM and in the information management industry communities and publications, most especially in the last ten or so years. The IBM spearheaded efforts around the Data Governance Council Maturity Model and The IBM Data Governance Unified Process materials are just a couple of examples. The larger industry supported communities of Info Gov (http://www.infogovcommunity.com/) and CGOC (https://www.cgoc.com/), as examples, have produced rich sets of guidance, support materials and thought leadership meeting points, to further the cause. These have led the way for larger discussions and conversations, all of which make strides at wrestling down the often complex set of people, process and technologies strategy and operational decisions necessary to make it all work. Much of this guidance aligns on the key topics of foundation and core governance component inter-dependencies required for a successful framework and most will agree that the guidance needs to be easier to digest and the implementations more integrated and automated.
This past year, some thought leaders in the IBM Information Management (IM) community from across a variety of solutions came together to add a couple of new tools to help with governance understanding and implementation. Two new IBM Redbooks publications, “IBM Information Governance Solutions,” SG24-8164 and Information Governance Principles and Practices for a Big Data Landscape,” SG24-8165 are another set of guidance and examples that should be useful for breaking down these new and important topics. Breaking down this information governance discussion, with examples and pointers to IM supporting solutions, is one more way we hope to increase the understanding of how the logical components of foundation and core capabilities are the true building blocks for long term governance behaviors. These two new Redbooks publications should be useful to any consultant or organization looking for more roadmaps for their governance journey.
Please take a look at these new books, and post your feedback to this blog.