Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"

Barry Goldstein

Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"

Due to some of the confusion (IT Governance, Project Governance, etc...) and negative connotations surrounding the term " Data Governance Office" - we are trying to come up with some alternate names.  As Robert Seiner has suggested in his book, we want to keep Data Governance non-invasive and the term Data Governance is a bit "heavy handed." Does anyone have any thoughts on alternate names?

Here are several I came up with...

Data Coordination Office / Group

Data Support Office / Group

Data Oversight Office / Group

Data Administration Office / Group

Data Enablement Office / Group

Data Advisory Office / Group

Data Practice Office / Group

Data Knowledge Office

 

Thanks for your help ! 

Barry Goldstein

Robert S Seiner

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hi Barry,
You mentioned several good names. Many of my clients have selected using the name "Data Governance Administrator" to describe the person responsible for the program. If one or more people are assisting the DGA, and these people are working for the DGA, they are often referred to as the Data Governance Office, Team, Group … but if they report into other parts of the organization that group is called a DG Working Group or Working Team. I hope this helps.

Robert S. Seiner

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Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Barry, good thought process here.

I like your following suggestions:

  • Data Advisory Office
  • Data Knowledge Office

I'm adding...

  • Data Assets Office - DAO
  • Data and Information Management Office - DIMO
  • Agile Data Management Office - ADMO
  • Chief Data Office - CDO
  • Data Lifecycle Office - DLO

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" - Romeo and Juliet

In the final analysis Data Governance is about bringing Governance around Data and you can't manage what can't be governed. 

Its funny that people get nervous with terms and concepts around Data [insert word]:

  • Governance
  • Stewards
  • Owners
  • Quality...

William McKnight

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Data Center of Excellence maybe.

Barry Goldstein

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Thanks everyone for your great ideas !  Appreciate the help.  I will post what we end up deciding upon....

 

Barry Goldstein

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Joanne Biggadike

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

One that I have heard used as an alternative which is less daunting is Data Assurance. 

I think having clear communication on what Data Governance in your organisation covers and means is a great way to break the fear of the word Governance for sure. 

Briggs Christie

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Joanne Biggadike)

We avoid the g-word with a Data Standards Council.

Aaron Fuller

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

I have a strong preference for the term "Data Assets Office," which was mentioned by someone else. I think it positions it better by using the word "assets."

Aaron Fuller, CBIP

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Barry Goldstein

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Aaron Fuller)


Thanks Aaron !

 

Barry Goldstein

Senior Business Analyst - Data Governance

Washington University in St Louis

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Barry Goldstein

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Much thanks everyone for your continued great ideas !  Appreciate the help. !

  

Barry Goldstein

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Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Aaron Fuller)

Aaron, thanks for your insight.

You picked up on my intent to highlight that we are governing and managing assets, which communicates its value. We must continue to grow the value equation among organizations as it relates to data and information.  

We are trapped into utilizing all sorts of change management methods and techniques (including slick program names) to address the high degree of data illiteracy of most organizations. It's like climbing a mountain of technical debt in knowledge related to Data Governance and Management and their functional - knowledge areas. 

I laugh silently at all the organizations I'm aware of that desire to jump into Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, Machine Learning, AI... and the Shiny Objects, without even having made a serious attempt to implement:

  • Data Strategy
  • Data Governance program
  • Data Management program, especially making Data Quality improvements

Somehow organizations have fallen into the deceptive thinking that you can have Six-pack Abs (great Data Assets) without the Discipline and Pain of working real hard and eating very clean. It's still No Pain, No Gain game, and strapping on the electric Abs Toning Belts don't work. 

Hazel Welch, CDMP, CDP-DG

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

I have a friend who works for a 'Data Trust Office' and they are essentially the governance team.

Lena Rodnyanskiy

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

The organisation I worked for as the Lead Data Steward is in the process of adapting the name of Enterprise Data Office, which is acting as a middle layer between the executive Data Governance Group and the operational layer (everybody else, including data domain stewards and custodians).

Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to William McKnight)

Like this suggestion William.

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Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDMP, CSM[All DATAVERSITY Members] @ May 22, 2019 - 10:56 AM (America/Eastern)

Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Lena Rodnyanskiy)

Very good Lena, like this one also.

Julie Eiermann

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Lena Rodnyanskiy)

This is the name of our office as well EDO (Enterprise Data Office).

Brian Mayer

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

One of the recent names I have heard that I am fond of is Information Integrity team.

Mike Maloney

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hi Barry,
We've stood up a data governance program over the past year and a half. We went with "Data Management Office" which I think succeeds in being less heavy-handed to your concern.

Mike Maloney
Network Director, Data Quality Management
Data Management Office
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