Data Vault Ensemble Modeling

The Data Diplomacy – data design and lasting peace

Håkan Edvinsson, Informed Decisions Consulting AB

A data designer often stumbles on issues and divergences regarding business terminology, business data structures and other kinds of data design matters. If such issue is addressed to a Data Governance organization, it could be escalated and resolved by people who may not be the best data designers. However, if it is settled by a data architect solely, there is a risk that the solution is perceived as constructed, facing away from the core business. Then we must put lots of energy into convincing people that we have a good solution. So how to solve this? If you choose one of two sides you get a loser and may win a new enemy. If you choose your own solution you can get two dissatisfied parties.

Your Data Governance representatives do usually not have skills for resolving issues. They have just a set of accountabilities, principles, and procedures for processing it. To reach data harmony, with lasting peace in the organization, we also need diplomacy.

The Data Diplomacy concept is about behavior and mindsets reaching engagement, co-operation and inclusion, and to avoiding shame/blame-games. Data Diplomacy resolves disagreements using negotiations striving for two winners.

The Data Diplomat may very well be a business data modeler, or a business data architect, provided with skills in modeling as well as in diplomacy. This session contains a definition of the Data Diplomacy concept, the Data Diplomat’s profile and toolbox, practical hints, and real-world examples.

Håkan Edvinsson is an author, trainer, speaker and consultant within Data Governance and data-driven Business Architecture. Today, he is senior partner and the CTO of Informed Decisions Consulting. Håkan is the author of “Data Diplomacy” (to be released late spring 2019), the best-selling “Enterprise Architecture Made Simple” book (Technics Publications 2013). He is also the author of the Data Architecture chapter in the latest edition of the DAMA Data Management Body of Knowledge.