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How To Implement A Data Governance Program with Azure Purview

Data Governance

Data governance is more than just a way to protect your data. It’s a way to ensure that you have the correct information at your fingertips and that you can use it in the most efficient ways possible. Think of Azure Purview as an umbrella term for all the processes, roles, policies, standards, and metrics that help you manage your efficiency. Data governance includes enabling and crowdsourcing insights in addition to management and protection. 

Data governance is necessary for the modern, highly competitive, fast-paced organizational context. Organizations need the discipline to maximize the value of this data, manage its hazards, and lower their administration’s costs now that they can collect vast volumes of different internal and external data.

Data Governance Strategy For The Intelligent Digital Enterprise

A data governance strategy is a fundamental part of any organization that works. It underpins how your business benefits from consistent, standard processes and responsibilities. In addition, a well-crafted Azure Purview strategy is essential for any organization that wants to leverage the benefits of its assets.

Business drivers emphasized in your Azure Purview plan need to be carefully handled, and the expected outcomes of this effort. Therefore, this plan serves as the structure for your data governance system.

Azure Purview ensures that responsibilities and accountability are agreed upon across the company and that roles linked to are clearly defined. A well-designed system’s tasks and responsibilities encompass strategic, tactical, and operational components.

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Why Is Data Governance Strategy So Important?

Your firm may get so many essential advantages from a sound Azure Purview plan that it would be difficult to function without one:

  • Data governance delivers a uniform perspective and standard terminology while preserving the necessary freedom for specific business units.
  • Data governance develops a strategy that guarantees correctness, completeness, and consistency.
  • An enhanced understanding of the location of all essential entities is provided by data governance, which is required for integration. Azure Purview makes assets valuable and makes integrating them with business goals simpler, similar to how a GPS can represent a physical environment and guide people through uncharted areas.
  • Each consumer and other company entity is seen from all angles: A foundation for “a single version of the truth” for crucial business entities is established by Azure Purview. The organization may then establish the proper amount of uniformity among entities and commercial operations.
  • Azure Purview offers a framework for meeting the requirements of governmental laws like the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and industry standards like the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards).
  • Azure Purview brings a human aspect to a system of a highly automated, data-driven society. It provides norms of behavior and best practices in data management, ensuring that issues and requirements outside of typical data and technology domains are regularly handled. These include areas like legal, security, and compliance.
  • A data governance structure ensures that it is reliable, well-documented, and simple to discover inside your company and maintained safe, legal, and private.
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How to Select the Right Data Governance Tools

When picking the appropriate Azure Purview tool, finding an open-source solution that is easy to integrate with your existing environment is essential. Additionally, a cloud-based platform allows you to plug into cost-efficient and easy-to-use robust capabilities quickly. Cloud-based solutions also eliminate the need for on-premises servers.

It’d be ideal if you concentrated on choosing those tools that help you realize the business benefits laid out in your data governance strategy.

You should find these tools useful:

  • Azure Purview ensures that your company has the right tools to capture, understand, improve quality, and control. To accomplish this well, you must comprehend how these tools are helpful for you and how to employ them to help your business processes.
  • Data discovery tools help you discover new data sets within your organization and find ways to use them. This process can include the automated discovery of personal data (like a Social Security number) in a new data set and triggering an alert.
  • Data profiling tools help you understand your existing data sets by mapping out all the different ways they’re being used—and any potential gaps or inconsistencies that could be an opportunity for improvement.
  • Benchmarking tools help you identify what other companies are doing with their own data management practices so that you may determine how successfully your processes align with industry standards.
  • Validation tools help ensure accuracy by comparing a set against an external standard or reference model. For example, suppose there’s a problem with a customer’s credit card number on file. In that case, you’ll want validation software to check against another database source (like a fraud detection system).

How Digital Transformation Can Impact AI Adoption

Digital transformation creates new challenges for businesses but also presents opportunities. The expectation in many boardrooms today is that data and artificial intelligence (AI) will drive competitive advantage. As a result, executives are eager to support AI initiatives as part of their commitment to becoming data-driven.

However, for AI to be effective, its data must be trustworthy. Otherwise, you may jeopardize decision accuracy, you may postpone choices, or actions may be overlooked, all of which influence the bottom line. Businesses do not want ‘trash in, rubbish out.’ Fixing data quality may appear simple until you consider digital transformation’s influence on data in recent years.

As companies introduce digital transformation, they realize that their data centers are no longer sufficient for keeping up with their business needs. This process leads to an increase in the number of clouds companies are running their workloads on.

In a recent poll, Eighty-one percent of people said that the organizations polled had systems running in several few public clouds in addition to private/dedicated clouds. This process usually means that operational and analytical systems are running in the cloud and data center. Microsoft Dynamics, Workday, Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Marketo are examples of cloud-based operational transaction processing systems. 

Cloud-based analytical systems might include:

  • Data warehouses,
  • Graph databases,
  • Data lakes utilized by data scientists, and
  • Real-time IoT streaming analytic applications.


Data governance is a valuable resource for organizations looking for cost control and risk mitigation. Azure Pureview can monitor performance, end users, and IT staff, as well as receive alerts based on changes in the environment. These benefits help to minimize the impact of risk events. 

Data governance helps to enhance an organization’s operations by providing a controlled data center environment that meets security and compliance standards while reducing costs and improving efficiency through standardization. But as you piece together your Azure Purview plan and start building out your inventory, The last element you need is a complicated or confusing disorganized set of business requirements. That’s why the EPC Group has implemented a structured approach to their Data Governance Plan, in which all stakeholders identify the data sources and purposes for each source. 

Errin OConnor

Errin OConnor

With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Management Consulting, Errin O’Connor has led hundreds of large-scale enterprise implementations from Business Intelligence, Power BI, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, IT Security, Azure and Hybrid Cloud efforts for over 165 Fortune 500 companies.

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