Does Data Architecture Still Matter as Long as We Have Strong Governance?

Anthony J Algmin

Does Data Architecture Still Matter as Long as We Have Strong Governance?

A client recently asked me, "Given all the power of today's cloud technologies and the like, does data architecture still matter as long as we have strong governance?"

I instinctively said "Yes! Of course!" and talked about how even with strong technologies, data architecture enables process and cost efficiencies, more intuitive data access, and easier derivative disciplines like data quality and metadata management. 

I still believe these statements are true, but I also think the original question merits more consideration than I originally gave it. I will ask a slight variant to you all: "In absence of competent data architecture, can an organization still succeed with data? What would it take?"

 

Anthony J. Algmin
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William McKnight

RE: Does Data Architecture Still Matter as Long as We Have Strong Governance?
(in response to Anthony J Algmin)

I'm glad the data going into the architecture is going to be great (via Data Governance), but I would still want to know I've selected the best data platforms for the data with just the right amount of redundancy and the data moving throughout efficiently.

Patricia Epifano

RE: Does Data Architecture Still Matter as Long as We Have Strong Governance?
(in response to William McKnight)

This is a very physical/technological answer to a very strategic and conceptual question, don't you think?

Data Architecture should always be DATA DRIVEN ... there are no computers!  Examining, defining, learning, documenting, improving, organizing, packaging ... of data is still needed.  More now than ever .... as everyone believes they are capable of doing this on their own. 

Speedy technologies without strategy and architecture are just an expensive way of making a bigger mess, faster. 

Rant over ... thanks for listening.

Edited By:
Patricia Epifano[All DATAVERSITY Members] @ Jan 29, 2020 - 06:45 AM (America/Pacific)

Walter Howard

RE: Does Data Architecture Still Matter as Long as We Have Strong Governance?
(in response to Anthony J Algmin)

I would have replied that moving to the cloud is, in fact, a data architecture decision.