In which Jill re-publishes one executiveâ€™s plans to kick-start data governance.
To: Executive Team, VPs, and Directors
From: Your CEO
Subj: Data Governance Workgroup Announcements
As the Chief Executive Officer of this esteemed company, many of you have explained to me â€“some of you multiple times a dayâ€”that data is a strategic asset. I get it. Really I do. Thanks already.
Due to your unremitting tenacity, last year I approved funding for an enterprise data governance effort that encompasses every organization and its data needs. The good news about this initiative is that it started with a bang! Congratulations to everyone involved!
The bad news is that nothingâ€™s happened. I have been briefed about research projects and a pending roadmap by the Data Governance Steering Committee. But no one can actually offer any concrete examples of value. While I applaud your efforts to stay within budget by ordering take-out from Babeâ€™s Backyard BBQ â€“ best slaw anywhere, if you ask me! â€“ Iâ€™d like to see more progress.
So herewith I am announcing that Gretchen McPhee has been charged with heading up the Data Governance Planning Finalization Workgroup. Gretchen has a pulse and her blood oxygen level is a healthy 93, so sheâ€™s imminently qualified for this role. I look forward to working with Gretchen personally to ensure that all data governance planning has concluded and that we actually have one or more plans in place.
Iâ€™m also thrilled to announce that Pat Fitzpatrick will be heading up the Data Governance Committee Formation Subcommittee. While the current Data Governance Steering Committee has done a stellar job of holding meetings â€“ let me once again credit the nice folks at Babeâ€™s â€“ the committee will be retiring in the interest of forming a more robust decision making body. I thank those of you on the existing Steering Committee for your hard work, and ask that you be available to participate in the Subcommittee if so called.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Freebase Consulting for their hard work in kicking off data governance planning. Freebase has a long history here of being recommended by a vendor only to suggest a competing vendor and then blog about how kludgy their software is. I like these guys, and plan on retaining them for our pending initiative, More Morale Now! Until then, please do not remove any chairs from their cubicles.
Finally I would like to announce our new Big Data initiative. Since data is a strategic asset, I figure that the more data we have the more strategic we can be. Â The guys at Freebase have briefed me on Big Data, and they say our data is among the biggest!Â Thereâ€™s a flood of data out there. Itâ€™s like data avalanche like many, many buckets of data that would reach to the moon if they were all full of data. Thatâ€™s high! So I hope youâ€™ll join me in congratulating Ted Bradley in his new role as Big Data Planning and Research Workgroup Coordinator Chair. Good luck, Ted!
In closing Iâ€™d like to thank you all for your dedication to our companyâ€™s data. And thanks especially to the guys at Freebase. Baby backs at Babeâ€™s on me!