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.