How mature is Data Management in your company?
The question looks simple. To promote an idea of data management (DM) development the following questions about DM maturity are to be answered:
- what is the current level?
- what is the target level?
- what is the benchmark to other peers?
But how practically can you answer these questions?
In searching for the answer, I made a brief analysis of COBIT, TOGAF, and DAMA standards, which can be summarized as the following:
These standards differ by scope of DM components:
- DAMA includes 11 (well known to DM professionals);
- TOGAF intercepts DAMA on Data & Application architecture, Security;
- COBIT pays attention to Information Architecture and Data management (Data Governance, Data Ownership, and Security) as part of IT processes.
- Some of them (TOGAF, DAMA) require maturity assessments, but only COBIT offers a generic maturity model, which is applicable to all IT processes.
So, the preliminary conclusions are:
- There is no standard technique to make such an assessment depending on a company size and other factors (also to be defined);
- All standards are to be adjusted to each particular company needs and capabilities;
- You need to develop for your company DM maturity model as a part of DM standards adjustment and implementation process.
But still, if I urgently need to draw attention of the company management to the subject, what do I do?
Use COBIT maturity model, which proposes 6 levels:
- Repeatable, but intuitive
- Defined process
- Managed and measurable
- * Use the main DM Governance elements, which can be applied to the rest of DAMA components;
Make the following manual for DM Maturity assessment: