Monday, July 11, 2005

What is Data Governance?

Dan Neel, CRN

IBM aims to define a new category for business IT that it calls "data governance."

The Armonk, N.Y.-based technology giant describes data governance as the sum of information security, privacy and compliance, and to make real-world sense of it the company has formed the Data Governance Council, said Steve Adler, the council's chairman and a program director for IBM Data Governance Solutions.

The Data Governance Council includes vendors, corporate IT customers, VARs, integrators and technology consultants who meet each quarter to exchange ideas and experiences about how they deal with information security, privacy and compliance, Adler said. At the same time, the participants will attempt to hash out strategies and case studies that could spur more efficient, secure data management within compliance guidelines, he added.

This is something to watch carefully.

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