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.


Flexible data governance strategy

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

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By consolidating applications, retiring outdated databases and modernizing existing systems, focus on important projects, thus reducing risk and enhancing application quality.

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.


Privacy and protection

Identify data with meaning, assess data value and risk, secure PII, PCI, and PHI, and get ready for GDPR.

In the spotlight

See what's new with IBM InfoSphere Information Server v11.7

InfoSphere Information Server has an array of new capabilities to advance its functionality even further.

  • User interface modernization & consolidation
  • Improving management and runtime on the data lake
  • Connectivity enhancement
  • Platform modernization and simplification


IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog

Use a standardized approach for discovering your IT assets and defining a common business language with InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog. Find context in your data sources while understanding lineage and scale.

IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer

IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer provides data quality assessment, data quality monitoring, and data rule design and analysis capabilities.

IBM StoredIQ Suite

IBM StoredIQ Suite addresses the problems that challenge records management, electronic discovery, compliance, data storage and data migration initiatives.

IBM Optim

Manage data from requirements through retirement to improve business agility while reducing costs.

Related products

IBM InfoSphere Information Server

Reap insights from trusted information. IBM InfoSphere® Information Server is a highly scalable and flexible data integration platform with massive parallel processing capabilities.

IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management

InfoSphere MDM manages master data for single or multiple domains including customers, suppliers, products, accounts and more.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server for Data Quality

Turn data into trusted information by cleansing and customizing data in near real time. Monitor data quality in a unified environment with advanced data validation rules support.

IBM InfoSphere Data Replication

Achieve flexible, scalable and secure data replication across heterogeneous data stores.


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.

Analyst research: Big data, bad data, good data

This IDC white paper explores the link between good information governance and the outcomes of big data analytics projects.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions

See how IBM has been positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

Customer success

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

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

Premier Healthcare Alliance

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


To protect its clients and its reputation, insurer CZ needed its systems to comply with privacy regulations such as the GDPR. IBM Infosphere Optim Test Data Management helps CZ in ensuring data privacy and facilitates compliance with GDPR regulations.