Published in TDAN.com January 2003
As Vice President of Conference Services for DAMA International, my primary goal is to continue to increase the size and scope of DAMA International Conferences so they become premier educational events for data management professionals worldwide.
Since 1999, attendance at the annual DAMA International Symposium and Wilshire Meta-Data Conference has tripled with nearly 1,000 attendees representing more than twenty countries.
All indications point to the 2003 event as being our largest yet. The 15th Annual DAMA International Symposium and 7th Annual Wilshire Meta-Data Conference will be held April 27, 2003 to May 1, 2003 in Orlando, Florida. The agenda has been expanded to 120 educational sessions including seven full conference tracks, a new track on data base administration, eight pre-conference half day workshops, ten full day tutorials, night school sessions and panels, special interest groups and user groups meetings.
The program has sessions for anyone who is involved in data management from the novice to senior manager. If your 2003 budget will permit you to attend only one conference this is definitely the one you don’t want to miss!
The conference features presentations on nearly every topic of importance to today’s data and information management professional. Some of the topics this year are marketing and selling data management, return on investment for meta-data, data integration, data quality, data architecture, data stewardship, XML, meta-data management, business rules, data standards, data warehousing, taxonomies, CRM, web services, agile methodology, content management, business intelligence, business rules, enterprise architecture, new methodologies and technologies and numerous presentations on data and process modeling. This year there are also a record number of success stories from practitioners at Allstate Insurance, Johnson and Johnson, Agilent Technologies, Intel, MetLife, BellSouth,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, United Parcel Service, Trans Union, Royal Bank of Canada, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, AT&T;, Blockbuster Video, Hewlett Packard, Mellon Financial Corporation, Nationwide Financial, Quantum, Inc, Kinko’s,Sprint Corp, Siemens Dematic, Best Buy, Wachovia, Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Merck, Pactiv Corporation, Boeing, Bulgaria S.p.A,Fleet Bank, Canadian Tire Corporation and more.
Keynote presenters include John Ladley, Warren Selkow, and the 2003 DAMA International Professional Recognition Award Winner, Graeme Simsion. Pre-conference workshop presenters are Scott Ambler, Marcie Barkin Goodwin, Graeme Simsion, Barbara von Halle, Stan Slossberg, David Plotkin, Michael Scofield, and Fabian Pascal.
Michael Brackett, Larry English, Bill Smith, Craig Mullins, John Zachman, Todd Stephens, David Marco, Claudia Imhoff, David McComb and James Bean will present full day tutorials.
Conference session presenters include Terry Halpin, Bob Seiner, Shaku Atre, Len Silverston, Michael Gorman, Ron Ross, Adrienne Tannenbaum, Dave Hay, Peter Aiken, Graham Witt and many more.
The conference will also include a general membership meeting of DAMA members. This meeting is open to all DAMA members and anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about DAMA. In addition, there will be a special meeting for DAMA Members At Large.
There is an early bird discount of $100 if registration is paid by March 14, 2003 and additional group discounts for organizations registering five or more attendees. For every four paid registrations from the same organization, the fifth registration is free!
– Davida Berger –
Vice President of Conference Services for DAMA International