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Implementing data governance can sometimes seem like you're trying to boil the ocean. How can you be successful at it?

Data governance is becoming a hotter topic by the hour. BusinessWire estimates its market to reach $5.7 billion by 2025. As companies aim to become more and more data driven, the demand for data governance is increasing, as is the need for state-of-the art data governance programs.

So, more and more professionals, such as yourself, want to better understand Data governance and how they could implement it in their organization. But how can they learn it? How do YOU learn it?

Other than learning on the job - which is time-consuming, sometimes nerve-wracking and not necessarily earning trust from our peers and bosses - there are very few resources out there for current or future data governance professionals. In addition, most of the content and courses to be found are theoretical, hard to follow, as well as not actionable, nor practical.

But the organization's need and desire for you to implement a functional, sustainable, highly adopted and praised data governance program, has become unavoidable and imperative.

If:

  • You need a clear plan on how to effectively implement, improve and polish data governance in your organization;
  • You want to stop wasting time on theoretical material, on scattered information and guidance, or on what's not working;
  • You feel that you need more practical knowledge to successfully implement a data governance program.

It's time to learn from an award-winning data governance practitioner that can provide you with the practical steps, best practices, and templates to put together and implement a successful data governance program.

Practical Data Governance: Implementation

The purpose of this course is to build your practical knowledge and maximize your success as a current or future data governance professional. The lessons and materials provided will be instrumental in your planning and implementation of a data governance program. You will learn the practical steps, best practices, and templates to put together and implement your data governance program from scratch or improve the one you have.

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

The Practical Data Governance: Implementation course provides you with the skills, the know-how and the templates to help you create a successful data governance program that follows best practices.

Templates

In addition to teaching you how you to best implement a data governance program, the course contains valuable templates, nowhere else to be found, that cover things such as the scope document, terms of reference, metrics scorecard, data policies, data standards, communication plan, data governance handbook, and more. 


Some even have pre-filled versions. It doesn't get easier than this.

Award-Winning Implementations

The lessons draw from award-winning implementations of data governance programs, but also from the experience, mistakes and best practices made by data governance professionals.

Practical Takeaways

The lessons provide you with practical takeaways, advice and examples from real-life data governance implementations. All you need to do is apply these learnings to your specific needs.

On-Demand Learning

The course has about 4 hours of video content, plus written content, extra resources and templates. As always, you can take the course at your own time and pace. Remember that you'll have unlimited access to existing and future content and any upcoming updates.

Here’s what people are saying about the LightsOnData courses

As this course has just launched, there are no testimonials for it, yet. As you can see from the following samples of testimonials for other courses from LightsOnData, you know that you will get a lot of value when you sign-up for any of our courses.

Christiana Klingenberg

Business Consultant MDM

A well-structured overview

"The online business glossary course gives a well-structured overview on all relevant topics to be aware of when starting to deal with a business glossary. The lessons are easy to follow, full of helpful hints and tips and best practice examples.[...]"

(testimonial for Business Glossary course)

Mahesh Rayappa Gundakalle

Head Data Engineer

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 [...]."

(testimonial for Data Governance Maturity Models course)

Monica Oliveira

Data Visualization Developer

Engaging and mind blowing

"What an amazing course you have created. I highly recommend this course even if you have some background in data visualization and storytelling because the content in the lessons is always something beyond you can usually find. The lessons are engaging and mind blowing [...]."

(testimonial from Data Visualization for Data Storytelling course)

What's covered in the Practical Data Governance: Implementation course?

There are 8 modules, with a mix of video lessons, written content, real-life examples, templates, and extra resources to help you create and implement a successful data governance program.

The Basic Concepts

What to Expect

What is Data Governance

The Benefits of Data Governance

Pre-Implementation Steps

Performing Initial Assessment

4

Understanding the Drivers

How to do an Ad-Hoc Assessment

Data Sources Inventory and Data Flow (templates included)

Data Governance Maturity Model

Getting Buy-In

2

Creating the Business Case

Choosing and Securing a Sponsor

Setup the Data Governance Program

Program Setup Steps

6

Data Governance Scope Document (template included)

Data Governance Guiding Principles

Focusing Your Program the Right Way

Building a Data Domain Model

Data Governance Organizational Framework

Identifying and Assigning Data Stewards

Data Governance Council

4

Data Governance Council’s Responsibilities

Who to Include in the Data Governance Council

Creating the Terms of Reference (template included)

Data Governance Council Best Practices & Advice

Develop Metrics & KPIs

Metrics: Intro

Progress Metrics

Impact Metrics

Data Governance Scorecard (template included)

Develop Data Policies, Standards, and Processes/Workflows

Data Concepts for Data Governance

Data Policies

How to Write a Data Policy (template included)

Data Standards and Rules (template included)

Processes and Workflows (template included)

Data Classification

Select and Deploy Tools

Selecting a Data Governance Tool

Business Glossary

Data Dictionary

Data Catalog

Manage Change

Change Management Models

Communication Plan (template included)

Data Governance Handbook (template included)

Change Management Best Practices

BONUS

30/60/90 Day Plan for Data Governance (BONUS)

How to Manage Different Types of People (BONUS)

Receive Your Certificate

Bonus

You'll get so much more in this course!

Besides building your practical knowledge in the data governance profession and teaching you how to implement a data governance program you will also benefit from the following:

Bonus 1
Certificate

At the end of the course you can opt for a certificate of completion.

Share it on your social media, add it to your resume, print and hang it on your wall for all to see that you are a skilled data governance professional.

Bonus 2
Free Access to the Teacher

In each lesson you can post your questions to be answered directly by the teacher, as well as fellow practitioners/ students.

You can add in your comments and your own learnings, as well, to contribute to the data governance course community. 

Bonus 3
An Entire Bonus Course Module

Besides the current lessons that will provide you with the step-by-step how-to and know-how to implement a data governance program, there is an entire bonus course module available with content to enhance your skills as a data governance professional.

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 addressing data challenges received international recognition through award-winning program and project implementations in data governance, data quality, business intelligence and data analytics.
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 professional for more than 10 years. One of George's passions is to create informative, practical and engaging educational content to share with individuals such as yourself, and help organizations get more visibility on social media. George is the proud founder of LightsOnData.com and co-host of the Lights On Data Show.

Here’s what people are saying about the course teacher


Luca de Joanna

Senior Business Data Lead

Recommend George's work in the data governance space

I'm really pleased and honored to recommend George's work in the data governance space.


Every article and video from George manages to perfectly describe and explain different areas in data governance and data intelligence, from master data to metadata management, from data quality to visualization, from business glossary to the data dictionary. All this with the business in mind, and not just as a technical exercise.

Thanks to George's work, regularly delivered to the public, I've been able to learn a lot and benefit from it in my daily job. [...]

Piotr Kononow

CEO

Professional educator on data management topics

I recommend George if you want a professional educator on data management topics.


But, don’t take my word for it – check out his impressive collection on educational Lights on Data videos on YouTube. [...]

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. [...]

Why this course is a great option for you

This online course is the smartest, most cost effective, and time saving option of learning how to implement a data governance program. It is developed to be a 1-stop-shop that includes:

  • Real-life examples, relevant knowledge and best practices on implementing data governance
  • Practical templates you’ll be able to use and adapt easily and right away to your own needs
  • 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?

  • Reinventing the wheel: This is probably the longest and hardest route to take as there will be quite a bit of trial and error. It’s time, money and energy consuming. Plus you can lose trust from your organization if this is not done right the first time around.
  • Getting consulting services:  The equivalent of consulting services hours (~ 4 hrs) would cost you anywhere between $750 to $2,100 or more. You probably would still have follow-up questions and if you wanted to revisit your learning, you'll need to book more hours.
  • Learning from other sources: I think it's always good to learn from multiple sources, but if you've taken other data governance or data management courses then you know that they focus more on the theory than on the practical takeaways. Not to mention that you won't benefit from the templates available in this course.
  • Hiring someone to setup your data governance program: It’s the most expensive approach and far from being fail proof, because ultimately no one knows the organization as you do. Additionally, you lose the business knowledge and control and you might be left with the challenge of maintaining something that wasn't built according to best practices. Not to mention that this engagement would end up costing you at least $50,000.
Practical Data Governance: Implementation Course

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Regular Price: $499

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  • Immediate Start
  • Access to Future Updates
  • Access to All Modules
  • All Bonuses Included
3 COURSE MEGA BUNDLE

Practical Data Governance: Implementation Course + 

Business Glossary Course +
Data Governance Maturity Models Course


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US

Regular Price: $997

  • Practical Data Governance: Implementation Course
  • Business Glossary Course
  • Data Governance Maturity Models Course

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Laurent Dresse Data Governance Evangelist & Head of Consulting

Finally a easy to understand course of Data Storyteling!

I loved the course, very clear explanations, very good resources and documentation for daily work and really nice content with great examples!

I would highly recommend it

This course is the A to Z of how to build a great Business Glossary. It covers everything you need to know and also the things to avoid. After attending this course I was able to use the material to create the right Business Glossary for my company and we are now able to ensure our definitions are accurate and complete.

I would highly recommend it, whether you’re just starting out building a new Glossary, or if you already have a Business Glossary that needs to be improved.

Business Glossary: what you need to know

The online business glossary course gives a well-structured overview on all relevant topics to be aware of when starting to deal with a business glossary. The lessons are easy to follow, full of helpful hints and tips and best practice examples. Some good templates are provided. Having in mind the range of data governance activities, the creation of a business glossary is foundational. Only with a unique language for business terms, the same understanding of their meanings, data management can be done effectively. It doesn´t matter if it is on data reports, data quality rules, master data management, data integration or whatever data topic of interest: a good business glossary supports a common language for the business and prevents friction losses in data management. This course shows how a good business glossary can be built to support data governance and data management.

Incredible asset, very enlightening

This course exceeded my expectations. It covered a great deal of topics, especially the ones related to Accessibility and Cognition. Sometimes it is difficult to negotiate with an organization's data analysts and designers when we want to integrate best practices in UX and Inclusive Design. This course covered the basics of intention and goal when choosing a suitable visualization. The presenters were all very well-spoken and interesting, and they all provided excellent examples. The course helped me create documentation for our organization around best practices on choosing and using different types of charts and graphs. My notes on UX and Accessibility in particular were beefed up by the knowledge and resources provided in this course. I would definitely (and already have) recommend this course to others, especially UX designers, UX researchers and anyone working in the field of Accessibility and Inclusive design. Thank you kindly!

Wonderful course!

Wonderful course: enlightening and eye-opening.

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.

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 .

Includes everything you need to build, launch and maintain a Business Glossary

My biggest struggle was trying to get the Business Glossary off the ground after pausing the efforts on it several times in the past 6 months. There were too many factors to consider and we didn't want to just launch a "good enough" tool.

I took the "in-person" version of this course and it has changed everything for me. It provided me with the clear steps that I needed to take in order to see this project through and the guidelines and best practices needed to ensure the content of the glossary is great and that our colleagues are using it.

I would recommend the Business Glossary course, because it includes everything you need to build, launch and maintain a Business Glossary or enhance the one that you have. Plus a lot of great know-how on how it fits in with a data dictionary and a data catalog.

A solid foundation for data story telling

A good resource not only going through once, but coming back to as a reference. I applied things that I learned immediately in my field, and produced noticeably better looking data stories.

Fabulous

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?

Insightful overview of a large range of DG/DM Maturity Models

Following your request, I am answering your questions above, and include a final remark at the bottom. breadth: positively surprised me, and I really like the chronological order length: positively surprised me, the 23(!) 5-15 min videos makes it easy to go through quality of the content: high. Easy to see the time-effort invested in the compilation + editing Lessons learned: good. Suggest to add an indication of what Models you have used under what circumstances, and what adaptions may have become common in your experience. Teaching style: good to follow, and I like the objective and unbiased coverage of content.

Course helped me:

  • Understand the variety of Maturity Models
  • Confirmed my own interpretation of the usage / adaptation-need of models.
  • And also guided me in the need to understand more of the CMMI model (my preference, because the 5 Categories will resonate with Exec level, while the 25 process areas will resonate with higher mid-level = where the actions are required).

I recommend this course, because for the $-investment, you receive a comprehensive and holistic overview of maturity models that I could never have compiled myself in the amount of time measured in $-investment. So especially as independent Sr Project Manager, this is very very useful.

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.

Plenty of positive reviews

I had the privilege to take part of the in-person training with George and I see that the online content available here is as much of an engaging and fun learning experience as the one I had.

I didn't expect to enjoy the content as much as I did, so I'm glad I went for it. I found the materials and content to be very useful in identifying what we could do to improve our Business Glossary and deliver a second iteration of it that got plenty of positive reviews from throughout the organization.

What an amazing course

Hello George and Donable! What an amazing course you have created. I highly recommend this course even if you have some background in data visualization and storytelling because the content in the lessons is always something beyond you can usually find. The examples provided are inspiring and really complements the lessons' content. The extensive list of examples and resources is super valuable. The lessons are engaging and mind blowing. Even with the extensive content, the lessons are easy to watch and aren't exhausting. I really enjoyed the course and I highly recommend it. I think the Breaking the Rules lesson was amazing. I also enjoyed the Color Usage and the Selecting the Right Visual series.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the course for?

The course is geared towards the data or business professional who wants to learn how to implement a data governance program .

You might be a novice or you already have some years of experience in data governance, but you're looking to learn the industry best practices and fill in  knowledge gaps and implement a praised data governance program.

Will I get a certificate at the end?

YES! You can opt-in to receive a certificate that you can then share on social media, add to your resume, or print and showcase to your colleagues.

How much time will it take me to complete the course?

Everyone has a different learning pace and the great thing about having this delivered online is that it adjusts to your schedule and learning style. The course has over 4 hours of content in video format and it is split into short and comprehensive lessons.

The course will be available for you without limitation. You can go back and go through it as many times as you like, whenever you like.

Is the course only applicable to specific industries?

The course is applicable to ANY industry. Even though some examples will draw from and showcase certain industries, the takeaways are relevant to all industries.

Can I take the course on my phone or tablet as well?

YES! The course was built to work on all tablets and phones. Or you can take it on your laptop or desktop machine. Layouts, scrolling or displays may vary depending on the device you have. All you need is an internet connection.

What is I'm not satisfied with the course?

That will be very unlikely, but there is a 100% satisfaction guarantee so if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can request a full refund within the first 30 days from the date you've purchased the course.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any other questions about the course, you can always send out an email to support[at]lightsondata.com

Once you're enrolled in the course, you will have access to the teacher to ask questions. Plus, on almost every lesson you can post questions relevant to that topic, that the teacher and/or other students will be able to answer.

Practical Data Governance: Implementation Course

$

349

US

Regular Price: $499

  • Lifetime Access
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to Future Updates
  • Access to All Modules
  • All Bonuses Included
3 COURSE MEGA BUNDLE

Practical Data Governance: Implementation Course + 

Business Glossary Course +
Data Governance Maturity Models Course


$

697

US

Regular Price: $997

  • Practical Data Governance: Implementation Course
  • Business Glossary Course
  • Data Governance Maturity Models Course

I created this course with you as a 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 dedicate my work in general, and this course, in particular, to save you time, to make you knowledgeable, to feel in-charge and feel confident in your deliverables. Throughout this course you will learn step-by-step how to implement a successful data governance program, or significantly improve your existing one. You will be ready to use the newly acquired knowledge in all your data governance endeavors.


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

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