What is data governance?

Data governance is the overall management of availability, usability, integrity and security of data used in an enterprise. Many organizations have multiple business functions that generate data sets with no unified view. This is where IBM can help.

With IBM Unified Governance and Integration solutions you can:

  • Know your data: Automate how you discover, integrate and replicate all types of data
  • Trust your data: Ensure quality, governance and lineage of your data regardless of where it lives
  • Use your data: Transform your business into a data-driven culture with self-service data

With IBM Unified Governance and Integration solutions, organizations can build a trusted, business- ready analytics foundation that streamlines DataOps throughout the organization to accelerate digital transformation, enterprise modernization, AI and compliance initiatives at scale.  

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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.

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Data cataloging

Use machine learning-powered data catalogs to improve the efficiencies of knowledge workers and make the processes of harvesting metadata, curating assets and sharing knowledge efficient.

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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.

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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

IBM Information Governance Catalog and IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog

IBM combines capabilities from IBM Information Governance Catalog with innovative user experiences from IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog designed for metadata consumption to help you build your enterprise’s unified knowledge catalog.


Watson Knowledge Catalog

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

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 Master Data Management Express

Machine-learning assistance offers a single view of customer data for small organizations and enterprise department


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.

Transforming your data governance models for AI

In this webinar, you will learn on how to build a governance model for data and analytics initiatives and infuse intelligence to deliver required business outcomes in a given context. 

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 IBM solution empowers us to keep our clients’ personal data safe, protecting the company’s reputation and preserving our customers’ trust.

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Success in your industry


To protect its clients and its reputation, insurer CZ needed its systems to comply with privacy regulations such as the GDPR. 


By using IBM data governance solutions, BBVA Compass built a trusted foundation to reduce risk, drive compliance and spark new business insights.


In collaboration with IBM, Rabobank built a test-data factory to automate extracting production data and delivering it to test systems, using pseudonymization to maintain data privacy. 

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