What is data governance?

Data governance is the ability of an organization to manage its information knowledge and to answer questions such as What do we know about our information?, Where did this data come from?, and Does this data adhere to company policies and rules?. Data governance practices provide a holistic approach to managing, improving and leveraging information to help you gain insight and build confidence in business decisions and operations.

IBM's data governance solutions let you locate and retrieve information about data objects, their meaning, physical location, characteristics, and usage. This helps improve IT productivity while meeting regulatory requirements.

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Flexible data governance strategy

With multiple entry points, adapt a data governance strategy to suit your organizational objectives while shaping business information in unique ways as per your needs.

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Archive and streamline applications

By consolidating applications, retiring outdated databases and modernizing existing systems focus on important projects, thus reducing risk and enhancing application quality.

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Confidence in big data analytics

Obtain clean, consolidated, consistent and current information. Use this information to drive big data projects and applications while aligning with governance objectives.

Data integration resources


InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog

Understand information and foster collaboration between business and IT, establishing a foundation for information integration and governance projects.


The truth about information governance and the cloud

Good hybrid information governance implies several priorities for IT and the business which are based on four foundational pillars.


Governing risk data aggregation and risk reporting

Regulatory imperatives are forcing banks to reinvent how their systems integrate and how data from across the bank flows into the aggregated risk and capital reports.

Client success stories


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBS)

Learn how IBM helped BCBS formalize and establish an end-to-end governance process to help enhance revenue numbers.

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Premier Healthcare Alliance

Learn how IBM helped Premier Farnell achieve competitive advantage through flexibility and standardization.

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Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC)

SSGC mitigates business risk through better insight into supply and demand.

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