7 Tips to Heed for Successful Mobile BI Data Governance

  • by William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group
  • May 6, 2013
Get a helpful, seven-point checklist on how to prepare your environment for data governance of mobile BI.
Key Concept

A zombie application is an uncontrolled and forgotten mobile app that, if left on its own, can continue to consume data and create data management problems while often existing outside of data governance structures.

You need to consider the following seven key mobile BI steps to determine how best to structure and manage your data for multi-tiered, hybrid computing. They are based on data consumption and data governance (i.e., the rules around how data is used in a company) best practices that I described in my article “A Primer on Mobile BI Data Governance.”

Tip 1. Create Ownership of Your Data


Determine if data management is centrally controlled or distributed. This debate is more philosophical than practical, but it sets the underlying tone as a guiding principle throughout the organization. Data rights are important and can often vary from one department or business unit to another. For example, make sure your supply chain team has visibility into native manufacturing orders and purchasing requests. 

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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