What is data governance?

Data governance is the overall management of data availability, relevancy, usability, integrity and security in an enterprise. It helps organizations manage their information knowledge and answer questions, such as:

  • What do we know about our information?
  • Where did this data come from?
  • Does this data adhere to company policies and rules?

Data governance practices provide a holistic approach to managing, improving and leveraging information to help an enterprise's overall data management efficiency.

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 and compliance requirements.

See why IBM is a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.


Flexible data governance strategy

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

Application archiving and streamlining

By consolidating applications, retiring outdated databases and modernizing existing systems, you can focus on important projects, thereby reducing risk and enhancing application quality.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 personally identifiable information (PII), predictive customer intelligence (PCI) and personal health information (PHI), and comply with GDPR.

In the spotlight

See what's new with IBM InfoSphere Information Server V11.7

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

  • User interface modernization and consolidation
  • Management and runtime improvement on the data lake
  • Connectivity enhancement
  • Platform modernization and simplification


IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog

An enterprise data catalog that allows users to create, manage and share a common business language and to find, understand and analyze information

IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer

Provides data profiling and analysis to accurately evaluate the content and structure of your data for consistency and quality

IBM StoredIQ® Suite

Automates policy execution across unstructured data, and helps you make informed business decisions as you act on this data

IBM Optim™

Manages data from requirements through retirement to help improve business agility, while reducing costs

IBM Industry Models

Combines deep expertise and industry best practices in a usable form (“blueprint”) for business and IT communities to help accelerate industry solutions

IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog

Activates data for AI and analytics with intelligent, collaborative cataloging, backed by dynamic-data-access policies and enforcement


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

Discover how 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

Explore through this IDC white paper the link between good information governance and the outcomes of big-data-analytics projects.

Survey Results: Data Integration Reaches Inflection Point

Learn what's keeping leadership up nights as organizations weigh in on their most common data integration challenges.

Customer success


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 ensure data privacy and facilitates the insurer's compliance with GDPR regulations.

Related products

IBM InfoSphere Information Server

An advanced, end-to-end data integration platform that enables you to cleanse, monitor, transform and deliver trusted data

IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management

Manages master data for single or multiple domains, including customers, suppliers, products, accounts and more

IBM InfoSphere Data Replication

Helps replicate data across a broad range of RDBMS and non-RDBMS sources and targets with low latency, and helps provide transactional integrity

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