Without a data strategy, the people within an organization have no guidelinesfor making decisions that are absolutely crucial to the success of the ITorganization and to the entire organization. The absence of a strategy gives ablank check to those who want to pursue their own agendas, including thosewho want to try new database management systems, new technologies (oftenunproven), and new tools. This type of environment provides no hope forsuccess.Data Strategy should result in the development of systems with less risk, higherquality systems, and reusability of assets. This is key to keeping cost andmaintenance down, thus running lean and mean. Data Strategy provides a CIOwith a rationale to counter arguments for immature technology and datastrategies that are inconsistent with existing strategies. This book uses casestudies and best practices to give the reader the tools they need to create thebest strategy for the organization.