1. Read Chapter 11 and watch the Risk Management: Roles and Responsibilities for Data Governance video (Links to an external site.). Then, assume you have been hired into an IT group to manage the databases at a company. Maria is a business data analyst who is also responsible for data standards. Explain how your responsibilities would differ from Maria’s responsibilities and how the two of you would work together to provide information to the company. Consider who is responsible for the database technology, maintaining confidentiality of the data, data backups, determining who can access the data, data security, keeping the data contents accurate and up-to-date, specifying the data codes, etc. This is the question. you don’t have to write that. just give feedback to their answers. choose any two from ((A-C) down below.
A. As the manager of the IT databases, I would be responsible for hardware and software upgrades. I would also responsible for assessing transaction processing and database production options. In this role, I would also maintain the database(s) performance by troubleshooting anomalies and working with the programmers to accomplish platform upgrades and system improvements. If the system was provided by and supported by a third party vendor, I would work with that vendor to ensure all of these tasks are completed in a timely manner.
Maria’s role as a business data analyst would be responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of the data is maintained. She would do this by working with the user community to ensure data is standardized. If anomalies in the data occur, she would be responsible for tracing the data back to the source and providing educational opportunities to prevent future mishaps with data entry. Maria would also oversee the data codes that ensure information is cross referenced and translated into the standards that were setup for the system.
If I were truly in the this role, I would ensure that both Maria and I were cross trained to ensure the database technology was kept up to date, confidentiality of the data was maintained, backups are being completed, and creating security around the data and only providing access on a need to know bases. The security access to the system would be based on Active Directory roles that are tied into the system. So marketing would only see marketing related data, sales would see sales, etc. There would also be hybrid roles for managers that need to gather data across departments and/or the organization as a whole.
B. Information is vital in our daily lives, but the information sector is given very little attention. This is because data is considered necessary in the department because the information collected is very shallow compared to data which defines information in general. The power of knowledge was considerably influenced by technological advancement and the internet, whereby institutions raised information to increase their revenue. For companies to attain positive results in any organization, the data collected must be used appropriately and free from manipulation. The partnership between the information technology department and business must work together (Tallon, 2013). Therefore, ensuring the management is successful in achieving the organizational goals with the set time frame. Thus, there is the employment of data manager in any organization. For the data manager to work effectively in employing the data, it must pass through the information analyst who assesses its relevance and reliability.
The manager and information analyst work together, and they much rely on laid put responsibilities. In this case, the duty of the information analyst, who is Maria and I the data manager, differs significantly in many ways. Data analyst only focuses on known data; this data is obtained from the whole of the experience. On the other hand, the information manager estimates future data and uses it to determine its impact on market growth. Another significant difference is the nature and complexity of the work (Woods, 2016). As data analysts, I will conduct all activities related to data management task to frame the problem the business is facing. Any problem encountered provides an opportunity for a recommendation on how to deal with different challenges in the institution. Maria only analysis data to find a solution on specific queries the organization faces. The information Maria obtains is represented on charts and graphs.
C. If I were hired to work in the IT department with the responsibility of managing databases, my duties would include engaging with the applications that are utilized to process and/or house the data. The data management tools could range from hardware, software to including cloud-based. In my role of database management, I would also be expected to oversee our organizations’ s data storage, retrieval abilities, and serve as the database administrator for one or many applications. My job’s framework would also include be implementing security protocols and processes designed to protect the data such as disaster recovery plans, upgrading databases, install and test new software and run back-up programs.
My database management role and responsibilities would differ from Maria’s role of Business Data Analyst in several ways. However, our functional oversight would be closely aligned and have some similarities/overlap. A few of our key differences are found in the functional skill set and data management focuses between the two roles. Where Maria’s role would include a daily responsibility of reviewing the data output as it ties to its functional use and meaning. My role would be more custodial and targeted on the data format and housing. Maria would spend more of her time exploring the usefulness and meaning of the data with end-users, department leads, and execs, as means for identifying data gaps, data trends/patterns, challenges, upholding data quality, and providing an overall analysis. Both roles will benefit an organization and seem to pair well as they both bring an in-depth knowledge of data management.