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Governance takes on big data

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Governance and compliance efforts are vital to keeping data quality high. The best practices and individual procedures that make up a strong governance program can exert a powerful influence on information. TechTarget recently fielded the difficult question of how governance efforts can help tame information stores even as data volume grows beyond what employees have yet seen.

"To get meaningful business information from big data, all sorts of things need to be done, like semantic analysis of the data, which is then rendered into conceptual models or ontologies," data management consultant Malcolm Chisholm told the source. "And all that involves a heap of governance stuff."

Another consultant, Rick Sherman, explained to TechTarget that some workers could waste time trying to enforce tough data management rules on every piece of data available for a firm's usage. In his opinion, IT executives should determine what part of the vast information coming in is vital to company operations, and then cleanse that data.

Big data, when properly managed, has a variety of uses in various fields. According to Business 2 Community, customer experience managers can do their best work when they break down the silos between their data and create a large-scale view of the situation.