Corporate data and information require governance. Without governance the promised benefits of information assets cannot occur.
Most of the burden for data governance success falls on business users of information. Business personnel must learn to be stewards, owners, and change agents while still accomplishing their day-to-day responsibilities. Many information management and governance initiatives originate in business areas, but the realities of sustaining governance need to be fully understood before real change occurs. A solid business case, ongoing measures, and changing old data habits are essential to long-term success.