The subject of this post came to me in a rather convoluted manner.
As I began to work more with organizations who are trying to achieve broad analytical proficiency, I started to notice something that at first appeared both unusual and unsettling.
One or more business leaders in the organization would begin to lay strong claims to "owning" their information.
They were prepared to invest their cycles and resources towards acquiring more and improving the value of what they already had available. They could be persuaded to share -- depending on circumstances.
While these leaders were moderately polite to others in the organization who were doing the same, they didn't want to be dependent on other groups (including, to a certain extent IT) as they went forward with their information ownership goals.
As I started to see more of this -- including in my own company -- I had to stop and think: is this a good thing, or a bad thing?
And I've come to the conclusion: it's a very good thing indeed. It's precisely the right behavior, and should be encouraged.