Past few months I am closely watching lots of stuff related with SAP Business Object’s data solution portfolio as data services, information steward etc., as both of them comes under the SAP’s EIM solution portfolio.
SAP BOBJ DS have strong ETL capabilities as earlier it used to known as data integrator and now has become data service application which is combination for data integrator and data quality management (there are multiple transforms we can get into same environment including platform, quality and integrator transforms) along with text analysis service now in newer version of SAP BO 4.0, which can be helpful for converting unstructured data into the structured one. Also see one of my previous SAP BODS : A Gem of SAP EIM broadway on it.
Information steward is a web based tool for data governance primarily and allow user to profile their data and they can perform the analysis of their data based on some rules and finally can see the results through score card. Also see one of my previous Information Steward – another gem of EIM portfolio on it.
Now it pops up the idea of ownership of a task with related to data and their owner “data stewards”. They are working for their final goal which is get their data into “nirvana” state where they have all the control over it from every aspect of their business. I am hoping to get the straight forward definition of “Data Governance” here.
So a role come out from the realization that someone needs to “own the data” be a parent for data governance and can straddle the worlds of both technical and business. Person who has the total authority to change the procedure related with data along with clarity for its process area, Big time it includes metadata management, data quality management & data monitoring to achieve governance by keeping IT and business happy .also see one of my previous Data Steward – A Role to Manage Organizationwide Data on it.
So by keeping all above components in mind every data organization is looking forward for data governance which can sound very tricky in starting but will give the “nirvana” globally.
PS: All the above text is my personal view; this may or may not align with SAP standards.