Quest Research finds that data quality is at the heart of governance and

  • 2022 State of Data Governance and Empowerment Report finds enterprises struggling with data quality, visibility and accessibility
  • The vast majority of IT decision makers believe that expanding and automating DataOps will improve data accuracy and efficiency
  • 42% of respondents say more than half of their organization’s data is “dark” data
  • Focus on data quality resonates in all aspects of data governance

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., July 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — quest softwarea global provider of systems management, data protection and security software, together with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), today released the 2022 State of Governance and Empowerment Report data, an annual report highlighting key challenges and innovations in data governance, management and DataOps.

The report found that data quality has overtaken data security as the top driver of data governance initiatives, with 41% of respondents agreeing that their business decision-making is fundamentally based on reliable, quality data. At the same time, however, 45% of IT leaders say data quality is the single biggest factor impeding ROI in data governance efforts. Although they recognize its importance, they struggle to improve the quality of their data, and therefore the ability to strategically and maximally leverage the data in practice.

“Business users at all technical levels benefit when they have complete visibility, control and confidence in their data,” said Patrick Nichols, CEO of Quest Software. “Reliable data and efficient data operations have never been more influential in determining the success or failure of business goals. When people don’t have access to high-quality data and the confidence and guidance to use it correctly, it’s nearly impossible for them to achieve the results they want. »

The report also found that business leaders are struggling not only to make sense of their data, but also to locate and use it in the first place, with 42% of survey respondents saying that at least half of their data was “dark data” – retained by the organization, but unused, unmanageable and untraceable. An influx of obscure data and a lack of data visibility often leads to bottlenecks downstream, hampering the accuracy and efficiency of operational data.

“Companies can’t use data, let alone optimize it to benefit their organization, if they can’t see it,” Nichols said. “IT leaders must make data empowerment their top priority, enabling their organizations to leverage business intelligence, creating a single source of
the truth for success in today’s data-driven world.

While the challenges of data visibility and observability differ from industry to industry, DataOps has been overwhelmingly recognized as the leading solution for advancing data empowerment. 9 out of 10 respondents agreed that building DataOps capabilities improves data quality, visibility, and access issues in their organizations. The greatest opportunities to improve the accuracy and efficiency of DataOps lie in investing in automated technologies and deploying time-saving tools, such as metadata management. Currently, only 37% of respondents describe their DataOps processes as automated, and an equally small proportion say they have automated data cataloging and mapping today (36% and 35% respectively).

“Businesses today are almost forced to be data-driven and evidence-based in their strategies, but they still face significant barriers that prevent their employees from being fully empowered to bring data to life. every decision,” said Mike Leone, principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy. Band. “Organizations that invest in building a data-driven culture — fueled by DataOps process automation, high-quality data, holistic governance, and enterprise-wide accessibility — to drive the business success, will have the advantage.”

Download the full Quest 2022 report on the state of data governance and data empowerment here.

Register here to attend a 30-minute webinar on the state of data governance and empowerment on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. EST, where Mike Leone of Enterprise Strategy Group will review key findings from the research.

For more information on Quest’s solutions for data governance, data quality, and data literacy, please visit our press room or the erwin website by Quest.

ESG conducted a survey of 220 business and IT professionals responsible for and/or familiar with data governance and data empowerment strategies, investments, and operations in their organizations. All of the organizations represented in the research have more than 1,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $100 million. The main aspects of the project included:

  • Understand how organizations define, adopt and prioritize data governance.
  • Discover the drivers and challenges of data governance implementations across key data lifecycle and data technology integration points.
  • Provide year-to-year comparisons/data of fundamental data governance functions and trends (2021 vs. 2022).
  • Investigate adoption levels and effectiveness of DataOps and its relationship to organizations’ data governance efforts.

About Quest Software
Quest creates software solutions that realize the benefits of new technologies in an increasingly complex computing landscape. Quest helps customers solve their next IT challenge, from maximizing the value of their data, to managing Active Directory and Office 365, to cybersecurity resiliency. Worldwide, more than 130,000 enterprises and 95% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Quest to become data self-sufficient, provide proactive management and monitoring for the next business initiative, find the next solution to business challenges Microsoft complexes and stay one step ahead of the next threat. . Quest software. Where the next meeting now. For more information, visit

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