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By consolidating applications, retiring outdated databases and modernizing existing systems focus on important projects, thus reducing risk and enhancing application quality.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

How to use data governance

Four key pillars of information governance for a hybrid cloud environment

Many organizations today operate in a hybrid data environment - a combination of on-premises and cloud-based data. Data from various sources have differing meanings, standards and quality needs. Information governance is critical for ensuring data is properly understood, prepared, and monitored in order to create confidence in information gleaned from the data.


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.


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.


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.

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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