A Primer on Mobile BI Data Governance

  • by William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group
  • May 6, 2013
Data governance can cripple a good mobility program — or ensure its likely success. Find out why data governance is important for mobile BI performance.
Key Concept

Data governance — the rule set around how data is used, matured, and crafted for use as information — is perhaps even more important for mobile BI projects than traditional on-premises BI efforts. Without a data governance strategy, mobile BI projects stand to fail at higher rates than on-premises BI counterparts.

With the introduction of new mobile and cloud applications over the past two years with the acquisitions of SuccessFactors and Sybase, SAP now has the ability to run native applications across on-premises, cloud, and mobile computing domains. Organizations are looking at cross-topologies based on function and business unit structures to determine the best trade-offs for application use given their current and future needs.

This environment opens the door to a new dimension of data governance concerns and policies. What applications consume what data? Where does it come from? Who manages the data rights around use and the accuracy of information sources? Based upon the need to use — or not use — particular data sources for applications and the native structure of those applications, program managers and data architects need a set of best practices to lead future development efforts around data use and application integrations.

William Newman

William Newman, MBA, CMC is managing principal of Newport Consulting Group, LLC, an SAP partner focused on EPM and GRC solutions. He has over 25 years of experience in the development and management of strategy, process, and technology solutions spanning Fortune 1000, public-sector, midsized and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) since 1995, qualified trainer by the American Society of Quality (ASQ) since 2000, and a trained Social Fingerprint consultant in social accountability since 2012. William is a recognized ASUG BusinessObjects influencer and a member of SAP’s Influencer Relations program. He holds a BS degree in aerospace engineering from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA and an MBA in management and international business from the Conrad L. Hilton School of Management at Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at both Northwood University and the University of Oregon with a focus on management studies and sustainability, respectively.

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