Given the challenges, it’s not surprising that most data governance programs are still working to get traction. According to our benchmark assessment, the average maturity of data governance programs is 2.88 out of 6.0, meaning most organizations are still in the initiating phase.
Organizations in the Initiating stage have launched a data governance program and have pockets of good governance, but still need to scale up the program. These organizations are still developing policies and standards, establishing committees, and recruiting data stewards and owners. To succeed, they need to educate businesspeople about the importance of data governance and embed data governance into development processes and the culture of the organization. (See figure 4.)
Our Data Governance Maturity Assessment evaluates your program in six categories: culture, program, roles, data management, processes, and technology.