Implementing a complete Data Governance Solution was critical for Blue Buffalo’s continued growth and the ability to maintain their #1 brand status in the wholesome natural pet food segment. In 2014, the company launched a 3 phased approach starting with data quality monitoring, and eventually growing to included data lineage and data cleansing and matching. This process leverages HANA, SLT, SAP Information Steward, SAP Data Services and SAP Data Quality as an integrated data governance solution. Blue Buffalo runs lean from an IT resource perspective, but has a demanding business
environment. Therefore the IT architecture needed to be agile with the ability to grow and integrate data from SAP and non-SAP sources. The new data governance process relies on automation to proactively detect data quality issues, reporting to communicate data quality scorecards to key stakeholders, and documentation to improve user confidence and answers when numbers are questioned.