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Cultivating Deeper Data Reporting

You can read my thoughts on how data governance can support firms in cultivating deeper data reporting in the February issue of Briefing. With law firms increasingly keen to capitalise on the pandemic-induced acceptance of new ways of doing things, a more mature data strategy is within reach – but there are many hurdles yet …

How to build your Data Governance Roadmap

Getting started Most law firms already have the people, processes, skills, and knowledge to implement data governance. Unfortunately, you can often find these things in pieces across different business services or operational teams, which doesn’t make it easy to build your data governance roadmap. It can be challenging to know where to start, so here …

Why won’t the data stewards talk to each other?

In nearly every conversation I have about data governance, someone will mention that they aren’t seeing the adoption and traction they expected after implementing a Data Governance Framework. Their complaint usually sounds like, “we’ve got all these people identified as data owners or data stewards – but none of them will talk to each other”. …

7 ways law firms can benefit from data governance

When doing anything in a law firm, you need to get stakeholder buy-in by explaining what’s in it for them. That means that you will need to have a clear idea of the benefits of data governance for your firm. The purpose of data governance is to help ensure that critical data has meaning and …

We can’t do data governance because we can’t have data owners

This is one of several obstacles law firm leaders raise when launching or extending a data governance initiative; it’s perfectly natural. The perceived wisdom within many law firms is that ownership of anything lies with the partners.  This attitude is understandable because most operations have a dotted line of ownership that rests with a Partner …

What are achievable data governance goals for law firms in the first year?

This question came up several times in recent data governance roadmap workshops.  Everyone has big aspirations for what they want to get done, but the reality is that changing people’s behaviour takes more time than you think. Through our experience of working with clients who are at an early stage in their Data Governance journey, …

Difference between data management and data governance

A law firm perspective One of the most common misconceptions that I encounter is the confusion between data management and data governance. I’m sure that when you started considering a data governance implementation within your law firm, the people you talked to asked you something like But doesn’t the data management team do data governance? …

Why is data governance important for law firms?

Law firms need data governance Data governance is important for law firms because data is an economic asset that can help firms improve their operations, increase revenue, solidify relationships with clients, produce new revenue streams, improve the quality of current products, establish competitive differentiation, allow innovation, and reduce risks. Innovative law firms have big goals …