Data Stewardship Framework

Transparency in data responsibility is a fundamental requirement in ensuring data consistency, data quality and in establishing defined roles for pro-active data management.

The Data Stewardship Framework provides the ability to establish and maintain a clear picture of data ownership within the organization; associating file service content with projects, departments, organizational and/or business units.


Understand which business area, department or functional team is responsible for which data.
Establish and maintain a hierarchical structure of Data Stewards.
Lay the foundation for passing responsibility for data management to Data Stewards.


The Data Stewardship Framework is delivered as a subset of the capabilities available in Northern's core software product "NSS" and a fixed number of professional services hours that are used to configure the software in an appropriate way for the specific customer environment.

The Data Stewardship Framework is primarily a method of enabling the use of additional Solution Areas. In many customer situations it should be considered as a pre-requisite to the use of additional solution areas.


Scan the full unstructured data environment - SMB/CIFS file shares, NFS exports, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Azure, etc. [KB-3119]
Use file ownership (SID) data in conjunction with Active Directory integration, to establish data ownership.
Use file system structure and folder names in conjunction with Active Directory integration to establish data ownership. [KB-3118] & [KB-3116]
Integrate with third party audting, ITSM or HR solutions to establish data ownership.
Query external files, manually prepared or exported from third party solutions, to establish data ownership.
Configure multiple layers of ownership: individual Data Stewards, the Project, Department or Organizational Unit that the Data Steward belongs to, as well as geographical location, office or data center. [KB-3120] & [KB-3143]
Regularly refresh data ownership records according to configured rules.
Provide summary dashboards to a small group of relevant stakeholders that show distribution of data by owner.
Use the Data Stewardship Framework as an enabler to configure other solution areas.

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