Zaloni Research Report Reveals the Latest Data Governance Trends for 2022

Avatar photo Annie Bishop December 16th, 2021

Zaloni® surveyed nearly 400 data professionals to curate a research report on the industry’s latest insights on data governance trends.

Zaloni®, an award-winning leader in data governance and DataOps, announced a new research report in partnership with DATAVERSITY®. Titled, The 2022 State Of Cloud Data Governance, the research report was based on a survey answered by nearly 400 data professionals. The findings uncovered the leading reasons why organizations invest in data governance tools and technologies, how they overcome challenges with proper data governance, and how to accurately measure the ROI of data governance initiatives.

Survey responses came from an array of data professionals who provided a wide range of experiences and perspectives related to on-prem, cloud, and hybrid data governance. The differing responses revealed interesting insights as one trend exposes what organizations see as the most valuable capability for data governance tools. Data quality was the clear winner with over 80% of respondents, followed by data cataloging and business glossary capabilities.

Though many data professionals can agree that implementing a data governance strategy within their organization is crucial, the challenges they face to implement such strategies vary across the board. In one of the final questions of the survey, participants were asked what the biggest challenge they were facing in traditional and cloud data governance was. Survey responses show the need to close a skills gap within their organization as the top answer chosen was: “Skills needed to manage new technologies.” Ultimately, the question revealed a clearly defined industry trend where organizations seek more user-friendly data governance tools to suit non-technical employee skill sets better.

Highlights from the report include:

  • 71% agree that data governance improves the time to get data for analytics
  • More than two-thirds of respondents said lack of understanding around governance is the biggest challenge they face
  • 40% said cloud-agnostic technologies provide them with the most flexibility
  • Skills to manage new cloud technologies, growing cloud ecosystem complexity, and increased data sprawl were the three biggest challenges implementing data governance in the cloud
  • Data quality, data catalogs, and business glossaries are the top three data governance capabilities organizations need most

“The findings of our latest survey with DATAVERSITY® reveal tremendous insight on the current outlook of traditional and cloud data governance strategies, tools, and perceptions within the industry,” says CEO of Zaloni®, Susan Cook. “These findings show a consistent set of trends for the new year, making it clear that there is a big need to improve data governance strategies and provide solutions that accelerate time to analytics insight, improve data quality, and bridge the data literacy gap.”

To learn more about the survey findings, download a copy of the full report.

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Annie Bishop is Zaloni’s Senior Product Marketing Manager with experience and expertise in technology solutions and product marketing. Before her four years with Zaloni, she worked with companies ranging from IBM to Macy’s.