SOURCE: Kalido


November 12, 2010 08:10 ET

Data Governance Assessment Finds Companies at a Turning Point

Technology Maturity Lags Significantly Behind Maturity of People and Process, Reducing Overall Effectiveness and Scale of Data Governance Programs

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2010) -

  • Kalido, the leading independent provider of data governance solutions, today released its initial analysis of their Data Governance Maturity Assessment survey that shows only one in 10 organizations have been able to move their data governance programs beyond the lowest two levels of data governance maturity.
  • Based on the responses, nearly a third (32.1 percent) of existing programs fall into the "Application-Centric" (lowest) stage of maturity when assessing their Technology -- more than double the number of organizations rated Application-Centric in either People or Processes (both 14.3 percent).
    • Technology maturity was the greatest leading indicator of program maturity. Ninety percent of Technology mature organizations had mature overall programs, as compared to only 59 percent of People mature organizations.
    • Not a single organization's program fell into the highest stage of data governance maturity -- the "Fully Governed" stage.
    • Lower technology scores indicate a lack of data governance support in the areas of data policies and rules, process orchestration, compliance monitoring, modeling, master data management and data quality.
  • Additional results indicate:
    • While nearly half (45 percent) of organizations say they have a formal data governance council in place, only 27 percent have established a data governance council with business representation and formal data stewardship.
    • Despite the commonly expressed belief that data should be owned by the business, traditional IT organizations are accountable for data in nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of organizations.
    • More than half (57 percent) of organizations do not measure the performance of data management activities at all.
  • Further results can be found on the Kalido Conversations blog at:

About the Data Governance Maturity Model and Assessment

  • The Data Governance Maturity Model measures four areas: People, Process, Technology and Overall Maturity, and categorizes responses into one of four stages of maturity:
    • Application-Centric: Governance does not exist. Data is buried within applications alone.
    • Enterprise Repository-Centric: Governance is informal and siloed around individual enterprise repositories such as data warehouses, master data repositories or ERP systems.
    • Policy-Centric: Policies exist to govern data as a corporate asset across the organization, and business takes responsibility for data content. A data governance program and council is in place.
    • Fully Governed: A distinct data organization with institutionalized governance processes has become a permanent business function and integrated through the organization.
  • Respondents receive customized reports containing expert recommendations to improve and align organization, process and technology, designed to further mature their data governance efforts.


Winston Chen, vice president, strategy and business development, Kalido, said:

  • "Organizations inherently understand the value of setting policies to improve efficiency, but data governance has taken a back seat to areas considered more vital to the business. As data volumes explode and existing data governance programs struggle to expand, many organizations are at a turning point where technology is needed to augment the organization and processes that have been put in place."

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About Kalido
Kalido is the leading provider of business-driven data governance software. Kalido enables companies to manage data as a shared enterprise asset by supporting the business process of data management. Kalido software has been deployed at more than 300 locations in over 100 countries, including 20 percent of the world's most profitable companies as determined by Fortune Magazine. More information about Kalido can be found at:

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