Happenings in Data Governance

The 2012 Data Governance and Information Quality Conference (DGIQ Conference)
The How-To Conference on Data Governance and Information Quality
June 25-28, 2012
San Diego, CA

Our goal for the program for the Data Governance and Information Quality Conference is to provide educational and networking opportunities for all levels of experience from business managers to beginners just starting out in governance and quality to senior professionals in the field.

The conference offers case studies from practitioners who have implemented successful data governance and data quality programs. It is also your opportunity to learn from tutorials and conference sessions presented by data governance and data quality experts – Bob Seiner, Peter Aiken, Martha Dember, David Loshin, David Marco, Danette McGilvray, Daragh O Brien, Andres Perez, David Plotkin, Mike Scofield, Len Silverston, Anne Marie Smith, John Talburt and Gwen Thomas.

More than 30 case studies will be presented at the conference, including:

Maximizing Data as an Enterprise Asset to Improve Business Results
Mike Jennings, Walgreen

How to Gain Sponsorship in Data Governance
Tara Estevez & Eileen Koski, Medco and Len Silverton, Universal Data Models

So Much Data, So Little Time ……
Cynthia Hartman, The Hartford Financial Services Group

Implementing a Data Quality Program in the Healthcare Management Sector
Karen Way, Health Dialog

DG: Implementing Top-down or Bottom-up?
David Bartholomew, Southern California Edison

The 15 conference tutorials focus on topics from starting a governance and stewardship program to developing an enterprise governance policy to achieving data governance maturity and measuring the value of your program.

Conference keynoters are John Ladley, Sunil Soares, Don Gray of Citi and the Winner of the 2012 Data Governance Best Practice Award. New for this year’s event is a dedicated track on Getting Started in Data Governance. TDAN.com subscribers are eligible for a $100 discount off registration. Enter Code TDAN625 when registering.

Register by May 18th and save $100.

The full agenda, registration and additional information can be found at the conference website http://www.dgiqconference.com.

The 2012 Data Governance Best Practice AwardWinner will be announced in May

Sponsored by DATAVERSITY, DebTech International and TDAN.com, the Data Governance Best Practice Award recognizes business value and technical excellence organizations have achieved in the design and implementation of an outstanding data governance program.This year we received ten excellent submissions from the following organizations:

  • ConAgra Foods
  • DataBC
  • LDS Church
  • Lexmark
  • Maybank
  • Medco
  • NCCI
  • SEI
  • Shell
  • Walgreens
Submissions are being judged on their response to the following:

  1. Business requirements for Data Governance.
  2. Approach used to define, develop and deliver the Data Governance Program.
  3. Length of time the solution has been in place and the incremental steps taken.
  4. Scale of the solution (i.e., enterprise, business unit) and whether this will change.
  5. Overall business impact/benefits from Data Governance and return on objective.
  6. Measurable return on investment for the Program and how the measures are used.
  7. Population and breadth of business / technical community being served by the Program.
  8. Innovative uses of the Governance Program and the problems that have been solved.
The winner will be invited to give a keynote address at the Data Governance and Information Quality Conference in June in San Diego.

To view the winning entry from the 2011 Data Governance Best Practice Award, visit http://www.debtechint.com/dgiq2012/DGBestPracticeAward.html.

Data Governance Track at Enterprise Data World (EDW)
April 29 – May 3, 2012
Atlanta, GA.

Enterprise Data World includes more than 200 hours of cutting-edge content in a vendor-neutral environment, with specialized tracks that allow you to focus on the data management topics most pertinent to your needs. The conference includes a dedicated track on Data Governance and Data Quality that includes tutorials on starting a data governance and stewardship program and building and utilizing tools in data governance. Case studies are also featured.To view the entire conference agenda, please visit the EDW Conference website.

The Data Governance Professionals Organization

In January, The Data Governance Professionals Organization (DGPO) celebrated its first anniversary. The DGPO is a non-profit, vendor neutral association of business, IT and data professionals. The objective of the DGPO is to provide a forum that fosters discussion and networking for members and to encourage, develop and advance the skills of members working in the data governance discipline.

DGPO offers monthly teleconferences and webinars that focus on practical experiences and sharing between members.

Benefits of membership include access to DGPO recordings of teleconferences, opportunity to participate in special interest groups, access to member’s only resources (under construction), conference and educational discounts.

Current educational discounts include:

  • Enterprise Data World – $150 discount
  • Data Governance and Information Quality Conference – $100 discount
The DGPO is looking for volunteers for board positions and special interest groups. Please email info@dgpo.org if you would like to participate or if you are interested in learning more about volunteering.

We hope TDAN.com readers will join us for the April DGPO Teleconference. To register please email registration@dgpo.org.

What Really Works – Determining Data Governance Organization Structures Panel Discussion/Teleconference
April 13, 2012
2 p.m. ET – 3 p.m. ET

A panel of practitioners will discuss the following topics:

  • How did you decide/determine what your Data Governance (DG) organization would be like?
  • What DG organizational bodies were created and how do they interact with existing teams?
  • Has that changed as DG evolved at your company?
  • What does your organization look like  (for example, size of each team, reporting structures, etc.)?
  • Lessons learned – Would you pick a different structure if you knew then what you know now?


Mark Allen, Senior DW Consultant – Enterprise Data Governance, Wellpoint
David Bartholomew, Information Management Strategy, Southern California Edison
Pablo Riboldi, Solution Manager for Information Governance and Quality LDS Church


Michele Koch, Director of Enterprise Data Management and the Data Governance Office Sallie Mae

For additional information about the DGPO, please visit www.dgpo.org or email info@dgpo.org.

So What is a Data Governance Tool?

I frequently receive questions from practitioners asking for information and assistance regarding evaluating and selecting tools for data governance. These questions include: What is the recommended functionality for data governance tools? What is the difference between a data governance and data quality tool?  Is Excel a data governance tool? Similar discussions on this topic can be found on many LinkedIn groups.

Because there are so many questions on data governance tools, an industry survey and comparative analysis of data governance tool functionality is being developed and sponsored by DebTech International and TDAN.com. If you have any questions you would like to see this survey address or if you are a vendor of a data governance tool and would like to provide information about your product, please email info@debtechint.com.

I look forward to seeing TDAN.com readers in June in San Diego.

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