Rene Shonerd
The What, Why & How of Data Governance

The What, Why & How of Data Governance

  Data governance is an engine. And like other engines, it needs fuel to power your organization up the data value chain. How you handle the data collected and stored within your organization is not only vital for security and compliance but also for decision...

Crafting a Communication Plan for IT Projects

Crafting a Communication Plan for IT Projects

Communication is crucial piece to the overall implementation and ultimate success of your IT project. According to InfoTech Research Group, an effective communication plan will have 4 elements. It will help gain support from management at the project proposal phase. It will create end-user buy-in once the program is set to launch. It will maintain the presence of the program throughout the business. And it will instill ownership throughout the business from top-level management to new employees.

Setting an IT Budget: What to Consider

Setting an IT Budget: What to Consider

In many associations, fall is budget season. It’s that time when we review the ongoing expenses and plan for projects that may not even begin until next year. Technology is of course one of those expenses. This post will explore what to include in the IT operating budget vs the association’s capital budget, as well as thoughts on centralized vs decentralized IT budgeting.

Right-Size Your Software Selection Projects

Right-Size Your Software Selection Projects

There are many reasons that staff may want to replace an existing software system with a new system. When the decision has been made to consider other options, it is important to match the level of effort that goes into the selection process with the level of risk that the change may bring to the organization.

Creating a Data Quality Dashboard

Creating a Data Quality Dashboard

One of my clients maintains a dashboard of key metrics that is shared with their board of directors quarterly.  All the metrics shared are related to the association’s overall strategic plan and track progress on goals.  One of those data points is their...

6 Red Flags that You Have a Data Quality Problem

6 Red Flags that You Have a Data Quality Problem

The following are “red flags” that you might have a data quality problem in your association.  The good news is that each of these things is fixable, and you can set up an ongoing data quality program that will benefit the association in so many ways.