Traditionally data governance has been around the people and process side of data management. However we now see tools marketed as data governance tools either as a pure play tool for data governance or as a part of a wider data management suite as told in the post Who needs a data governance tool?
The post refers to a report by Sunil Soares. In this report data governance tools are seen as tools related to six areas within enterprise data management: Data discovery, data quality, business glossary, metadata, information policy management and reference data management.
While IBM have tools for everything, according to the report it does not seem like a single tool cures it all – yet.
But will we go there? If we need tools at all, do we need an all-cure snake oil tool for data governance? Or will we be better off with different lubricants for data discovery, data quality, business glossary, metadata, information policy management and reference data management?