Data governance vs. management

The distinction between data governance and data management may not always be very distinct. There are various definitions of both concepts, for example:

Data Management

  • Data management is the development and execution of architectures, policies, practices and procedures in order to manage the information lifecycle needs of an enterprise in an effective manner. TechTarget
  • Administrative process by which the required data is acquired, validated, stored, protected, and processed, and by which its accessibility, reliability, and timeliness is [sic] ensured to satisfy the needs of the data users. Business Dictionary
  • Data management refers to an organization’s management of information and data for secure and structured access and storage. Data management tasks include the creation of data governance policies, analysis and architecture; database management system (DMS) integration; data security and data source identification, segregation and storage. Techopedia

Data Governance

  • Data governance (DG) refers to the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, and security of the data employed in an enterprise. A sound data governance program includes a governing body or council, a defined set of procedures, and a plan to execute those procedures. TechTarget
  • Data Governance is a system of decision rights and accountabilities for information-related processes, executed according to agreed-upon models which describe who can take what actions with what information, and when, under what circumstances, using what methods. Data Governance Institute
  • A data governance program can shape the corporate philosophy of data acquisition, management and archiving. It’s a cultural shift that requires both business and IT sides of the organization to come together to define data elements and the rules that govern this data across applications. SAS

In this post, Charles Betz discusses the difference between data governance and management, two concepts that are often considered synonymous but which, argues Betz, are different. Betz suggests that governance is a broader concept, and governance is concerned with the overall context of the organization, and the influences affecting it, as outlined below:


Management is concerned with creating policies and procedures to implement the information lifecycle within the framework of data governance.



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