In my experience working in IT industry from early 2000 one aspect of dealing with data that is always taken very seriously is data governance.
For many years the industry learnt how important it is to have a data governance process in place to keep your data safe and healthy so you get the most out of your data. Power BI is no different to any other data platforms, so data governance is an important part of it. However, the concept of self-service data management which offers all the beauties and power an agile approach caused some organisations not to think about their governance approach from the outset.
On the other hand, some people find governance as a burden which slows down the adoption. Some people think even worse, they think governance is a stopper which puts a lot of unnecessary restrictions in place which decreases efficiency.
But in reality if you start data governance planning sooner than later you can protect your organisation from a lot of risks down the road which can get really nasty and costly like:
- Risk of law suits due to data leakage and privacy issues
- Untrusted data analysis and reporting due to poor quality of data
- Poor performing solution due to lack of auditing
- Inefficient development outcomes due to undefined environments