Knowledge is King (KIK)
KIK stands for “Knowledge is King”. Consultative mentoring and transferring best practices knowledge are the focuses of KIK Consulting & Educational Services. KIK and Robert S. Seiner provide practical, pragmatic, and cost-effective consulting, mentoring, and education in the disciplines of data governance, data stewardship, data management, and metadata management.
Bob Seiner has been working in the field of data governance as long as anybody in the industry. Seiner was once referred to as the “Grandfather of Data Governance” but he refuses that label as he believes that the field is still emerging and he is not old enough to be a grandfather (yet!). Seiner’s thought-process around data management, metadata management, and data governance has evolved as his career has taken him from one of the largest steel manufacturers in the United States to a small medical office software company, to one of the largest health insurance companies in the country, to a small boutique consulting firm, ultimately becoming acquired by a larger consulting company, and eventually to the founding of KIK Consulting & Educational Services (“KIK Consulting”) in 2002.
Non-Invasive Data Governance (NIDG)
What is NIDG?
Non-Invasive Data Governance (NIDG) is the least threatening and most effective approach to implementing a formal data governance program. NIDG is practiced by organizations of all sizes in all industries around the world with a tremendous level of success. The core tenet of NIDG is that organizations already have a level of governance taking place although their present actions are informal and often inefficient and ineffective. NIDG focuses on formalizing governance by taking advantage of existing levels of accountability while addressing the requirements of the organization to govern their data.
How NIDG is Different
There are three approaches to data governance. The command-and-control approach is the most invasive and directs people to govern data by assigning people responsibility that immediately feels over-and-above existing job responsibilities. The traditional approach is to deliver a formal program and hope that people identify with, and gravitate toward, the appropriate actions required to govern data. The non-invasive approach focuses on recognizing the present responsibilities people have with data and providing the tools and techniques necessary for people to improve the ways they govern the data.
How Do You Apply NIDG?
NIDG is applied by formally recognizing the people that are responsible for defining, producing, and using data across the organization and enabling them to build and follow consistent practices associated with improving the confidence the organization has in its data quality and understanding, protection, and handling of strategic and sensitive data.
Non-Invasive Metadata Governance (NIMG)
What is Non-Invasive Metadata Governance?
Non-Invasive Metadata Governance is the pragmatic approach to managing metadata as a valued enterprise asset. NIMG is based on three basic premises: 1) the metadata will not govern itself, 2) formal governance is necessary to deliver value, and 3) engaging metadata stewards in a less threatening manner is necessary to formalize accountability for data documentation. NIMG views metadata as a long-term asset that requires planning to deliver appropriate information to affected data definers, producers, and users with an immediate focus on demonstrating value while looking ahead to the potential acquisition or development of data catalogs, business glossaries, and data dictionaries.
How NIMG is Different
NIMG focuses on improving existing levels of the data documentation while maximizing the value of the investments being made in becoming data-centric and data-driven. Improving analytical capabilities, leveraging data science to innovate in leveraging their data, and protecting sensitive data assets to manage risk are three benefits of taking the NIMG approach. Inquire about how the non-invasive approach to managing metadata echoes the benefits that are found in the NIDG approach.
NIMG is applied by formally recognizing the people that are responsible for defining, producing, and using metadata across the organization and enabling them to build and follow consistent practices associated with improving how governance is applied to improving metadata quality, availability, and usefulness.