Another metaphor will help.
Imagine your company owns either a shed, a house, a multi-family complex, or a high-rise. The shed owner probably doesn’t spend much time thinking about engineering permits or maintenance since they don’t need to worry about services like heating, running water, or electricity. And if the shed won’t be upgraded anytime soon, there's no need to plan for future changes.
The house owner will need to devote significantly more effort to keeping things running; even so, they won’t need to concern themselves with more than their own and their family's needs.
A multi-family complex requires more planning, more resource integration, and a more structured approach to handling issues as they arise; and different tenants may have very different needs.
And a high-rise tower will have a completely different set of engineering requirements, permitting requirements, safety requirements, and so on.
The high-rise will also be much more complicated to manage, particularly if things like fixtures have not been standardized throughout the building.
See a trend here? The more complicated the structure, the greater the need for better infrastructure. And earlier planning becomes even more important for bigger buildings, as early mistakes and omissions can become costly later on.
The same holds true for data engineering within a company. While the smallest companies may not immediately need tools and structures to support data access, companies with growth aspirations will need to consider this issue. And the longer they wait, the more expensive the effort will be, with more work required to fix past errors and omissions.
Data governance is the work of setting your company's policies on how it collects data. It is tightly integrated with data strategy, which includes defing and implementing data governance rules.
A solid data governance policy will not only identify which sources to consolidate, but will also define who can access data, when data is pulled, and what to do if conflicts occur. Governance policy also addresses other issues, such as retention and integrating new data sources as they come online.
We collect personal information from our customers in the regular course of doing business. This brochure answers some of your most frequently asked questions, and lets you know exactly how we're protecting the information you entrust to us. What personal information do you collect about me? We collect the following information about you: -Name -Email Address -Payment card number -Payment card expiry date -Purchase history -Product/service preferences -Customer satisfaction info -Opinions about products and services When you visit our web site, we also collect: -information about your computer, including your IP address, the type of operating system and browser you use, and your computer's location -what pages you visit on our site and what links you click on -what other sites you've visited recently How do you use this information? The main reasons we collect personal information from you are: -Customer service -Marketing -To complete a sale/transaction If it's a necessary part of any of these transactions, we may disclose your information to another company. For example, when you apply for credit, we pass on your personal information to a credit reporting agency so we can complete a credit check. We also pass on your name and address to a courier company to complete a delivery. Use of Personal Information for Secondary Reasons We also may use your personal information for other, secondary reasons, including: To complete a sale/transaction -Name -Email Address -Payment card number -Payment card expiry date -Purchase history -Product/service preferences Marketing -Name -Email Address -Purchase history -Product/service preferences -Customer satisfaction info -Opinions about products and services Customer service -Name -Email Address -Purchase history -Product/service preferences Sharing of Personal Information with Third Parties Sometimes, we also share your personal information with other companies, including: -Partners We will also disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so. How do you get my consent? When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we assume you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only. If we ask you for personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your consent or provide you with an opportunity to say no. Saying no is called "opting out". By opting out, you can tell us not to collect the information and/or not to share it with other companies. How do I opt out? Contact email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Opt out". How do I get more information? Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your personal information. If you would like more information about our policies, or you would like to see exactly what personal information we have about you in our records, or you wish to register a complaint, please contact: Email: email@example.com You can also contact the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for assistance between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. est, at: Toll-free: 1-800-282-1376 Phone: (819)994-5444 Fax: (819)994-5424 TTY: (819)994-6591 or by mail at: 30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Quebec K1A 1H3 or on the web at: http://www.priv.gc.ca