Organizations typically have 4 to 7 data domains that are critical to their effectiveness and commercial success, e.g. Customer, Supplier, Product (Service), Financial, Employee, Location, Material etc.
Before launching the implementation of an Information Governance (IG) framework you may have identified dozens of individual work packages across these data domains, e.g.:
- definitions for Customer, Customer Status, Customer Type, Customer Category
- or updating the data protection policy
- or profiling the quality of product specifications data etc.
The volume of expected IG activities may then look like a mountain to climb. The easy answer here is to start small, with just 1 or 2 data domains and only 2 or 3 work packages per domain. That way you need to secure only one executive sponsor at the beginning and the program looks more manageable.
A large UK manufacturer decided to launch with only two data domains, expanded to three after four months and then to four domains after 7 months. This gradual approach allowed for the IG Councils to settle in and for the first deliverables and business benefits to convince the sceptics in initially uninterested divisions or Business functions to join later on.
[this is part 4 in a 14-part blog on Capgemini’s “QuickStart Information Governance” framework]
For more information on QuickStart Information Governance, please contact Ralf Teschner.