Data Governance

Data Governance: Governing data for sustainable business

Edited by Alison Holt, Published: 10 May 2021

Every week brings news of an organisation that has distributed data that shouldn’t have been shared, or has lost out to a competitor who is using data to drive business in an innovative way. Data is fundamentally changing the nature of businesses and organisations and the mechanisms for delivering products and services. This book is a practical guide to developing strategy and policy for data governance, in line with the developing ISO 38505 governance of data standards and best practice frameworks. It will assist an organisation wanting to become more of a data driven business by explaining how to assess the value, risks and constraints associated with collecting, using and distributing data.

Praise for ‘Data Governance’

Working over several decades with data, it was refreshing to read this book on data governance, which clearly explains evolving ISO standards, while recognizing that data are now very connected and valuable assets. This book, through diverse examples, illustrates the policies and processes needed to protect and exploit data during its lifecycle, from creation/collection to disposal.”

Peter A. Campbell, Independent Business and Information Management Consultant, Founding Member & Director, BeLux chapter of DAMA


A highly practical journey into the need for demonstrable accountability, meaningful stakeholder engagement, and sound data governance across the whole lifecycle based on internationally recognised and adaptable standards, as a business imperative for better decision making. A must read for any digitally and socially responsible leader who navigates the intended and unintended outcomes of their data, technology, people, and ethics, on their business, customers, and wider society.”

Patricia Shaw, CEO, Beyond Reach Consulting Limited – a tech ethics consultancy


Data Governance and Data Strategy are two of the hottest topics in data management today. This insightful and wide ranging book, tracing the history of data and its management from Ancient Babylon to Artificial Intelligence, is a must read for all who seek success in their own data journeys.”

Nigel Turner, Principal Consultant, Global Data Strategy Ltd


The value of data has been well recognized but people may fall into the pitfall of only looking into details and not seeing the big picture. This book provides the guidance of defining a data strategy and its implementation systematically, emphasizing the aspects that are likely to be overlooked, like risks and threats. It is a handbook that is helping me to design the digital platform for my company.”
Tiancheng Liu, Vice President, Easy Visible Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.


More of Alison’s BCS Publications

Governance of IT   The Internet of Things