Data Management Capabilities Map

Data Management Capabilities Map

Data Management Capabilities Map


Capstera’s Data Management Capabilities Map is an organized list of all things a data management function in an enterprise does.



Capstera’s Data Management Capabilities Map is an organized list of all things a data management function in an enterprise does. The data management capabilities map provides enterprise architects, data architects, and IT leaders with a cohesive and coherent set of capabilities that are important to manage the data function.

As data explodes in both volume, velocity, and variety, it requires a robust managerial and governance framework and an understanding of the lifecycle to manage the function efficiently. That is where Capstera’s data capability model comes in handy – providing a holistic view of what it takes to maintain data. It can be used for creating lightweight data governance and stewardship plans, and a roadmap for data management capability buildout.

Overview of the Data Management Capabilities Map:

The Data Management Capabilities Map includes the following formats:

  • An Excel spreadsheet with the list of capabilities. The spreadsheet also provides additional worksheets with templates for conducting a capability assessment as well as a template to map core associations.
  • A PowerPoint format with the top three levels presented in a nested visualization.
  • A Word document with capabilities in a multilevel list format.
  • BONUS: An introduction to business capabilities and how to use them.

What the Data Management Capabilities Map is NOT: The Data Management Capability Model is NOT an actual enterprise data model. It does not feature the real subject areas, data entities. Moreover, it is NOT a conceptual, logical, or physical data model. What it is a managerial framework of what data management involves and a decomposition of the activities included in the data management value chain.

Value and Uses of the Data Management Capabilities Map

A capabilities map is a fundamental and foundational entity in the business architecture continuum. A Data Management Capability Map encapsulates end-to-end aspects of the data management functions with a detailed, multi-level capabilities list. It is about managing the business of data.

There are several benefits of leveraging a Data Management Capability Model:

  • Gain a holistic perspective of what data capabilities are necessary for an enterprise
  • Conduct a maturity assessment of the data management function and develop a roadmap to achieve the desired state
  • Create a RACI matrix to assign roles and responsibilities and build accountability
  • Set up a lightweight governance structure to help the data management function perform at a high level
  • Procure right tools and technologies to support the data management function. (Capstera’s data management model does not provide a vendor list or reviews, but having an understanding of the underlying capabilities help map them to vendor features.)

Example capabilities of the Data Management Model:

(The following is a sliver from the data management capabilities map presented in a logical grouping.)

  • Data Management
    • Data Operations Management
      • Data Procurement
        • Data sourcing
        • Data merging
        • Data normalization
        • Data dissemination
        • Data archival 

Moreover, many more data capabilities and their decomposition.

Created by business architects and data domain experts, the data management capabilities model is detailed, in-depth, and conforms to the construct of MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive).


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