Source: Principles and best practices for data governance in the cloud from Google Cloud
Today’s businesses both generate and consume data at unprecedented rates. Diversity of data types and sources means that organizations have to grapple with data access, security, governance, and let’s not forget—regulatory compliance. These concerns give some customers pause when they consider moving their sensitive data to the cloud. That’s why we published a white paper that outlines best practices and guidelines to help organizations establish data governance in a cloud-first world. This white paper intentionally takes a platform-agnostic approach that you can use when building out your governance capabilities.
Data governance encompasses the ways that people processes and technology can work together to enable auditable compliance with defined and agreed-upon policies. Ultimately, organizations want their data to work for them and governance is an essential part of making data work for your business.
Every enterprise should think about the entire data governance lifecycle, including data intake and ingestion, cataloging, persistence, retention, storage management, sharing, archiving, backup, recovery, disposition, and removal and deletion. Many organizations find these requirements overwhelming, so the white paper outlines best practices and guidelines for governance in the cloud, including:
Using these best practices, enterprises can create an effective data governance strategy and operating model, gaining a path for organizations to establish control and maintain visibility into their data assets. Organizations will likely reap immense benefits as they promote a data-driven culture within their organizations, including :improved decision making, better risk management, and achieving regulatory compliance.