Do you need to "bribe" someone to get data you need? That's a symptom of lack of data literacy, transparency and self-service in your organization. My prescription? Implement in your organization a data catalog that is available for everyone that needs to understand data.
Do you feel that data is locked out somewhere in your organization for the selected few? That is normal. That is how things were historically. Only a few architects, developers, admins and analysts had the access to the data. Now, things are changing with the advent of Data Democratization, Self-Service Analytics, Data Catalogs that help open that closed doors and make data clubs more inclusive.
Is IT a bottleneck in your reporting and analytics? Do you need to wait in line before you could get this data or report? If so, then your organization cannot utilize data fully for insights and efficiency.
A solution is building of data literacy and promotion of use of data in a business community so they do not need help to access and get value out of data. You can do this with self-service BI or analytics tools, providing access to databases and promotion of SQL, and implementation of data catalogs – an inventory and documentation of your data.
Is your data in your organization guarded against business users by the IT? No worries, there’s always a secret path in the mountains. That path has many names - data catalog, metadata repository, data dictionary or database documentation. What ever you call it – give your business a map to the data.