Eckerson Group: Governed Data Discovery. Balancing Flexibility and Standards

In most organizations, there’s a conflict between so-called “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches to business intelligence (BI). IT departments want to lock everything and control access to data, while business users want unrestricted access and freedom to do what they need at any time. This conflict leads to frustration, waste and inefficiency, with constant changes of strategy, followed by backlash.

But Eckerson Group argues that it doesn’t have to be this way—in fact, if businesses want to succeed with BI, it can’t be this way. Instead of rival camps, “top-down” and “bottom-up” BI need to be seen as flip sides of the same coin.

This report posits a “modern” BI platform that establishes a “governed discovery environment that tailors self-service capabilities to business users based on their roles, responsibilities, proclivities, and skills.”

Read the report to learn more about the Eckerson Group methodology, and see the evaluation criteria they recommend for helping organizations to choose the right governed data discovery tool.

 

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