Information Governance Takes Care of IT and Data Governance

In the Netherlands there is a discussion going on whether data governance is one of the causes of the worlds financial crisis. A serious newspaper like Trouw and the University of Amsterdam are among those. Hans Lodder investigates facts and tries to shed some light on it.
In this blog he thinks aloud. Please bear with him!

Trouw reports on data governance as cause of the financial crisis. In Trouw Mr. N Boerma of the management center in the Hague argues that one of the causes of the financial crisis is the influence of ICT in our day to day world. in his opinion major changes are causing this information is through networks everywhere and always available and everybody can find it. there is sufficient computer processing power available. these two facts have 2 consequences:

  1. Not the top of the organizational hierarchy has the best knowledge but the operational level is best informed.
  2. The traditional pattern for control on values and quality of the used information is no longer effective.

I wonder how you my readers feel about this. the University of Amsterdam researches information governance. Michiel Kooper at the University of Amsterdam does research on information governance. He asks himself the question whether there is a new type of governance needed in relation to process information: produce, distribute, maintain, use, enrich, and protect information. He thinks this type of governance needs a strong relation with persons. You could call this governance controlling the interaction of people with information. He considers it well possible that this type of governance makes the use of information much more transparent and prevents misuse.

Whatever you see as misuse Creon Software Engineering specifying information governance in the eighties. I have been the chief architect of a case tool supplier. Creon Software Engineering case stands for computer aided software engineering. Our goal was to define sufficient specifications to be able to automatically generate software for a complete application implementation: database screens, static and dynamic business rules, batch programs, installation scripts and what have you. Strange enough in that time for customers was the most difficult part of the specifications that define upfront the menu structure of the new application in relation to the required security and authorization. We wanted to generate which role was allowed to perform what and thus which person was added to what role and why was it difficult because business decisions were needed. it was much easier to say everybody is allowed to do anything. i wonder whether it is this human behavior that still has an important influence on how people act and process information and how this behavior relates to the way a crisis can result from misuse of information. Would this be a clue to information governance?

I keep you posted!