Information Governance Software
The Company’s patent-pending InfoGov software effectively defines the complex and dynamic relationships between the business and an organization’s data and information assets. Without software, capturing the full set of data and linkages that comprise the information governance architecture would be difficult to capture and impossible to maintain.
The MetaGovernance Framework, supported by InfoGov, classifies the data and information assets of an organization, and then extends this information to show the association of processes, workflows, systems, controls, security implications, and people. InfoGov was developed based on tactical knowledge of how to define and implement sustainable data governance and information governance initiatives. Having lived years in the trenches with spreadsheets as the sole governance tool, we applied our robust understanding of both governance and enterprise architecture to develop a software suite that we leveraged for internal and client governance initiatives. A comprehensive governance-driven software tool built by practitioners for practitioners that clearly demonstrates our solid knowledge and passion for governance initiatives.
- Define organization groups including departments, committees, and task forces; then associate staff members with these groups. Membership in a group will control the information that is received and access to appropriate information within the system.
- Capture key information sources used within the organization. This is not limited to "official" IT systems. Spreadsheets and personal data stores such as Access data bases can and should be included if they are used for reporting.
- Create subject areas that group information together based on ownership and usage. InfoGov employs a sophisticated method that allows the subject areas to change and evolve over time without major rework of the underlying information. This reworking is inevitable as organizations gain a better understanding of the information architecture of the organization.
- Assign governance roles (owner, delegate, consumer, steward, etc.) to subject areas. This is the key connector in building an information governance program.
- Define business attributes at the logical level. This becomes the business glossary for the organization.
- Link data objects (physical instances of data) to its logical business attribute. The business glossary then becomes a useful tool for report development within the organization.
- Identify reports used in the organization.
- Assign business attributes to their associated subject areas and reports. This linkage is key to identifying "who cares" at a detailed level rather than as an abstraction.
- Identify business processes and associate them with subject areas. This is a key linkage to support the information architecture with the application architecture (information sources) and business architecture (business processes) of the organization.
- Leverage standard and customized reporting capabilities.
Some of the common use cases for InfoGov include:
- Organizations that are actively pursuing information governance but can no longer track information on a spreadsheet.
- Organizations that need both professional services and software to start an information governance program.
- Organizations that want to get started quickly and don't want to invest in an expensive software solution.
See our Audiences and Solutions sections for many more use cases.
MetaGovernance clients receive a dedicated, fully secure, cloud instance of InfoGov software. Stand-alone authentication or integration with active directory is available.
Software is available on a monthly or annual subscription basis. The software is also available as part of a bundled service offering that includes professional services for a fixed fee or on a customized basis. Learn more.