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This page shows some Snapshot Statements and links them to specific Stages in Enterprise Data Management.

This can be used as a method of Self-Assessment for you to identify where an organisation is situated in the maturity of each Component in Enterprise Data Management.








1) Data Sources

Knowledge in the

heads  of individuals.


Top 20 Applications known with list of Data Sources and Owners

Agile development with refactoring techniques.



No Data Models and poor documentation of links between code and databases.

Basic Data Dictionary in place.

Data Models and sign-off by DBA on all changes.





User access and sign-off for Data Dictionary

2) Data Integration

Ad-hoc integration using bespoke SQL Scripts

Some Templates established and commercial Tools in use.

MDM approved, data owner sign-off,

Data Quality is an Enterprise issue.



Software Tools linked to the Data Dictionary

Clear and reconciled top-down and bottom-up views of data.




Data Architecture and Data Models for Sources and Targets.


Nobody understands Master Data Management (MDM)

MDM is planned

MDM is in place

2) Data Quality -




    DQ level -

Could be improved


Accurate, valid and relevant

    Policy -

Under consideration

Under implementation

Established as Enterprise Issue





3) Performance Rpts

One-off, often independent Dept. Spreadsheets 

Independent Maps, KPIs and drill-down to detailed Reports

Integrated Maps, KPIs and drill-downs for Chief Exec

4) Internet Mashups


Isolated development

Users aware

5) Data Governance


No end-to-end agreement.

Procedures published, Roles and Responsibilities and Sign-off all in place.




Data lineage known and auditable.

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