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Data Governance Maturity Model

Learn all there is to know about data governance maturity models in order to establish or improve your data governance program. 

Bonus Content! 

The course now includes a BONUS chapter covering a Data Lake and a Data Science maturity models.

You are looking for a Data Governance Maturity Model, but don't know which one to choose or how to use it best

Fully understanding the intricacies and available options of the Data Governance Maturity Model is a requirement for any data governance or data management professional.

Are you planning to start a data governance program? Or have you started one, but now you are stuck? Or do you want to measure the effectiveness and progress of your data governance program?

One of the answers to these questions comes in the form of a Data Governance Maturity Model. But there are quite a few to choose from so which one do you go for? 

Do you take your chances to purchase one only to find out that it does not meet your needs? Or decide to have a better understanding of existing data governance maturity models in order to make the right decision for your organization? 

In order to make an informed decision you need to understand the levels and criteria of the maturity models out there, the characteristics of their domains, sub-domains, and subject areas, provenance.

Even when you understand all that, how do you best put it into practice? What are the pitfalls and shortcomings that other organizations experienced, as well as their valuable lessons learned? 

Whether you decide to acquire a data governance maturity model or not, it is essential to have a deep understanding of this tool and available options in order to establish or improve a successful data governance program and become a data-driven organization.

Sure, there is content out there about Data Governance Maturity Models, but the truth is that quite a bit is outdated and it is also hard to gather meaningful information and practical takeaways out of it all.

You don't want to waste time on trial and error, nor your energy and organization resources on outdated models or bad practices. There's no need to re-invent the wheel. 

Introducing the Online Course on:

The Data Governance Maturity Model 

This online course addresses your questions and challenges on what data governance maturity model to select, how to use and apply one efficiently, and what you can learn from the existing models out there to establish or improve your data governance program. Plus the lessons are built in such a way to make your learning experience simple, engaging, fun, and above all easy to remember.

I mean, who wants to just stare at presentation slides? This course has plenty of video lessons, supplemented by written content, templates and other resources. Take it at your own pace and learn all there is to know about Data Governance Maturity Models.

Special offer! 

The course now includes a BONUS chapter covering a Data Lake and a Data Science maturity models.

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

This course has over three (3) hours of content in the form of video lessons, supplemented by written content and other resources. Take it at your own pace and take advantage of the following benefits to learn all there is to know about Data Governance Maturity Models in order to establish or improve your data governance program.

Step-by-Step Instructions and Advice

In addition to the theoretical materials, the course contains the steps you should take in order to successfully select a model, and perform the assessment, to then analyze the results, and improve your data governance capabilities. These are all peppered in with plenty of advice learned from years of experience.

Overviews of Existing Models

Each of the Data Governance Maturity Models presented in this course is covered in its own lesson, going over the concepts, and the characteristics of each of its levels, phases,  or milestones. It also goes into its domains and sub-domains or subject areas and whatever makes the model different from the rest.

Not only that, but it also covers some Data Management Maturity Models since those also have a data governance component.

Practical Takeaways for Your Data Governance Program

The lessons learned, the key concepts, and the overview of the existing models will provide you with enough knowledge and understanding in order to lead you on the path on how to launch or improve your data governance program. 

On-Demand Learning

The majority of the course's lessons are in video format, but it is also supplemented by written content and other resources that you can go over at your own pace. Remember that you have unlimited access to existing and future content and any upcoming updates.

You can start learning off your desktop, laptop, tablet or even smartphone. 

Here’s what people are saying about the course teacher

Linda Davis

Metadata Governance Coordinator

Any student would be lucky to have him as an instructor

George is the type of person who is very professional and knowledgeable and, at the same time, friendly, easy-going and fun to be around. Any student would be lucky to have him as an instructor.

I'm looking forward to seeing him again at conferences, because his presentations are always such an eye-candy and full of no-fluff, practical content.

Anca Stefan

Senior Data Steward

A passionate industry expert you should learn from

Just following George on YouTube or LinkedIn and you would recommend him right away just by reading or watching his content there.

Since I've had George as an instructor before, I can tell you that his content and lessons are very clear and  he always provides well thought out advice on data governance.  

He is a passionate data governance industry expert you should learn from. I highly recommend and encourage anyone to enroll into any course he is providing.

Rafael Fonseca


He has a special and effective way to teach concepts in Data Management

George Firican delivers a such rich and innovative way to share valuable knowledge and inspires people because he does a great job and has a very special and effective way to communicate and teach concepts in Data Management and all the related disciplines together.

And he does that every day. It has never been so easy to learn! I personally recommend every Data Professional on Earth to follow this true leader on social media.

What is covered in the Data Governance Maturity Model Course?

Here are the 5 modules, that cover all there is to know about data governance maturity models in order to help you establish or improve your data governance program.


Module 1: The Basic Concepts

Introduction to the Maturity Model, its characteristics and the reasons to leverage one, as well as the Capability Maturity Model (CMM).


Module 2: Data Governance Maturity Models

Each lesson in this section will cover a particular data governance maturity model and some data management maturity models (BONUS), the characteristics of each one of their levels, their domains and subject areas, key takeaways, and 3rd party resources.


Module 3: Using a Data Governance Maturity Model

The 6 steps to follow in order to make the most use of a data governance maturity model while avoiding its pitfalls. The section will go over the things to consider when selecting a maturity model, how to perform a maturity model assessment, analyze the results, improve the maturity level of your data governance program, completing a re-assessment, and communicating along the way.


Module 4: Lessons Learned

Understanding the downside and shortcomings of the Data Governance Maturity Models in order to find ways to navigate around them, plus the lessons learned from organizations using them.


Module 5: Other Data Maturity Models (BONUS)

I'll provide an overview on other data maturity models, such as a Data Science Maturity Model, Data Analytics Maturity Model, Data Lake Maturity Model, and more.

MORE Bonus

You'll get so much more than the above!

Besides all the great content available in each one of the modules described above you will also benefit from the following bonuses:

Bonus 1
Other Data Maturity Models

There will also be several overviews of Data Management Maturity Models and others within the data domain, such as data science and data analytics, data lakes and so on.

Bonus 2
Free Access to the Teacher

For each lesson you can post your questions to be answered by fellow practitioners and/or the teacher. Additionally, there will be at least one video lesson covering common pitfalls & recommendations drawn from positive and negative experiences of using these models.

About George Firican,
the Course Teacher

George is a passionate advocate for the importance of data, a frequent conference speaker and a YouTuber, being ranked among Top 5 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Big Data, Digital Disruption and Top 15 on Innovation. His innovative approach to data governance received international recognition through several award-winning program and project implementations, including awards for developing a Data Governance and a Data Quality Program. George advises customer organizations on how to treat data as an asset, and he shares his practical takeaways on social media and various industry sites and publications. 

George has been a Data Governance and Data Management practitioner for more than 10 years and he loves to create informative, practical and engaging educational content sharing it with individuals such as yourself. George is the proud founder of LightsOnData.com and co-host of the Lights On Data Show.

Look at what past students have to say

about the course

Great coverage and well articulated

Excellent coverage on the various aspects on Data Governance , the topics are arranged well for consumption and well supported presentation .

This is refreshing

I took the 'Data Governance Maturity Model' course from LightsOnData to brush up on Data Governance topics since I had been more focused on the Data Quality side for a couple of years. I also wanted to see what I might have been missing, given that there are a large number of models out there. Maturity Models are back in fashion - if you are a consultant - your clients will expect you to have one to recommend or use during an engagement. If you are a client - you are going to be 'sold' one - so you might as well get an overview of what’s out there.

You likely can't spend time researching all of the Maturity Models, and you certainly won't do that research on your own for better value than the $250 price of this course. George Firican has a relaxed teaching style the suits the content, and you can tell he knows what he is talking about. He inserts a little humor but not so much as to make it comical. This is refreshing because there's a lot of fluff out there right now in training by people who like to make a lot of noise but don't have much substance to bring beyond catchphrases.

George starts with the origins of Maturity Models and why there are scores of them now used in various industries and disciplines. He then dives into eight models that have a specific focus on Data Governance. George doesn’t try to push one model over the other. He even admits and provides backup as to why Maturity Models are hardly scientific, are subjective, and can be very similar. Instead, he spends the later lessons explaining how you might choose one, tips on using them to assess your organization, and considerations for benchmarking.

I took away that none of them are 'bad.' Model selection might be more a factor of whether you are going to use them yourself or whether you are choosing a consultant who only uses that model. Either way, you get plenty in the overview course to be dangerous. Finally, George provides a good set of links throughout the course if you want to delve further. Based on taking this course, I have also purchased the Business Glossary course from Lights on Data. It's next up on my weekend learning agenda.

Great Course on Maturity Assessment

It is always interesting to understand experts perspectives on data and especially on Data Governance maturity. Going through the available models and how to use them is a key information for anyone starting their Data Governance journey or wanting to re-assess their maturity level. Great job George!

A lot of valuable tips

Thanks to this course, I was able to increase my knowledge about Data Governance and different maturity models. I found a lot of valuable tips, both obvious and less obvious to think about while working on this topic in the company.


The course was great and I learned a lot that I will be able to carry into my position. One comment is I wish there was additional written content as a lot of the important information is within the audio. Do you offer audio to written notes?

A well structured, complete and pleasant online course

I really appreciated to follow the online course on Data Governance Maturity Models. The course is very well structured: as well on content level as in format, short videos which stimulate you each time to watch the next one. The explications of George are very clear and pleasant to listen to. The content is stuffed with practical tips and his own experiences. On top of that there are extra texts and links to interesting information and documents. It really helped me to have a good overview of all types of Data Governance Maturity Models and how to understand their value.

Mahesh Rayappa Gundakalle Head Data Engineering
David Finlay Product Master Data Governor
Laurent Dresse Data Governance Evangelist & Head of Consulting
Monika Tabor Project Manager
Nancy Foster Mgr, Data Quality
Leen Poppeliers Consultant

The Best Data Governance Maturity Model Course You Will Find - Available Now at a Great Price

This online course is the smartest, most cost effective, and time saving option providing you the knowledge and understanding of data governance maturity models in order to lead you on the path on how to launch or improve your data governance program.

It is developed to be a 1-stop-shop in getting:

  • Explanation of the maturity modeling concepts, characteristics, benefits, pitfalls, and steps/ workflow  
  • Overview of well-known and not so well-known data governance and data management maturity models
  • An engaging and fun learning experience with George Firican, your friendly data guy, who is great at turning dry knowledge into digestible and enjoyable bites

Plus this online course is the better way of learning:

  • At your own pace
  • From the comfort of your home or office, or anywhere you want to (it's mobile friendly, too)
  • With unlimited access to the material

What would be the other options?

  • Doing your own research: I would always recommend you to do your own research, but you should be aware that in this case it is also the long route. It involves a lot of time and energy dedicated to reading, learning and researching about what's available; not to mention that the information is scattered and some of it is outdated. It is hard to gather meaningful information and practical takeaways out of it all. In short, all of this is time, money and energy consuming. Plus, you can lose trust from your organization if a wrong model is selected or if a right one is not used properly the first time around.
  • Getting consulting services:  The equivalent of consulting services spent to introduce you their maturity model or one tailored for your specific needs would cost you anywhere between $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of your engagement. It could be a good option, but if you don't go through this course how do you know if that is the best model that fits your needs, goals, and framework?

This online course gives you the know-how on numerous existing data governance and data management maturity models, and key learning and takeaways on how to select and use one with the least investment of time, money and energy. At the end of the course you will become knowledgeable in data governance maturity models and be better equipped to establish or improve your data governance program.

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Bonus Content! 

The course now includes a BONUS chapter covering a Data Lake and a Data Science maturity models.

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Don’t wait! Look at what renowned organization are saying about Maturity Models and why they are important.


Effective data governance does not come together all at once. Before adopting an approach, it is
important to assess the current state maturity of the data governance capability.



IBM Global Business Services suggest that companies use a Data Governance Maturity Model to address organizational performance; track progress across a proposed data governance lifecycle and against a maturity model; and adopt
methods and metrics for reporting program progress and performance.



The maturity model will help data and analytics leaders advocate EIM principles and resources within their organization.


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Data Governance Maturity Model course

Accessible now at a great price



(Price in US currency)

  • Lifetime Access
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to Future Updates
  • Access to All Modules
  • All Bonuses Included

I created this course with you as customer in mind

As we live in a fast-paced world, the requirements from us, the data professionals, are growing. Treating data as an asset is essential and we are the agents to a future where everyone should understand this. Unfortunately, we often don’t have the leverage we need to cope with these challenges and a lot of what we do is considered as new territory. I know how you feel!

I dedicated my work in general, and this course, in particular, to save you time, to make you knowledgeable, be in-charge and feel confident of your deliverables. At the end of this course you will be more knowledgeable in data governance maturity models and maturity modeling in general, and you will be able to apply your learning to establish or improve your data governance and data management program.

Thanks for doing what you do! I’ll see you on the other side.

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