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For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Best Practices: Establish Your Metadata Plan

June 22, 2010


  • By Henry Peyret,
  • Rob Karel
  • with Alex Cullen,
  • Mimi An

Why Read This Report

Most enterprise architects (EAs) instinctually recognize the value that clean and trustworthy metadata can provide in terms of delivering IT efficiency, business agility, and improved information transparency. But the same EAs struggle to effectively articulate and evangelize this value to business leaders to secure support, sponsorship, and funding for comprehensive metadata management strategies. To help bridge this gap, Forrester identifies three best practices EAs should consider: 1) link metadata management to the most-critical business issues; 2) evangelize the transversality of metadata to bridge IT silos; and 3) extend data governance scoping efforts to include metadata.

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Table of Contents

  • You Have Gaps In Your Ability To Manage Metadata Effectively
  • Best Practice No. 1: Link Metadata Management To Business Issues
  • Best Practice No. 2: Evangelize The Transversality Of Metadata To IT
  • Best Practice No. 3: Extend Data Governance To Metadata
  • Forrester's Metadata Next Practices
  • Case Studies
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents