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2014.11.14 – 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments – Gwen Thomas (The International Finance Corporation)

We are happy to announce that we were able to reschedule Gwen Thomas! to present at our upcoming TDWI Vancouver Chapter meeting on Friday November 14, 2014. Come hear:

“10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments”

It’s easy to lose sight of how data provides value to an organization if you’re mapping your efforts and accountabilities to the paradigm of “Business + IT.” That’s why most organizations are moving toward a “B+I+T” paradigm in which data-centric decisions are distinguished from techno-centric decisions, and data management accountabilities are distinguished from system- and platform-centric accountabilities. The Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) and other frameworks help clarify the work that needs to be done and the interplay of governance and management in performing the work – especially in simple, hierarchical organizations.
But what if you’re in a complicated organization working with complicated systems-of-systems? What if your Data Governance scope is more limited than your Data Management scope? What if structured data and documents/content are managed by different organizations? Now, decision-making becomes complex for funding, requirements alignment, architecture, and other areas.
This session provides a framework, tips, and stories from the trenches on how to approach “B+I+T” alignment in a way that demonstrates your commitment to providing transparency and value to the Business.

NOTE: We are scheduling an informal meeting with Gwen Thomas and the Vancouver Data Governance SIG on the afternoon of Thursday Nov 13th, 2:30-4:00pm. Please send Gordon a note (Gordon at tdwivancouver dot org) if you would like to attend and network with other Lower Mainland Data Governance enthusiasts. Translink will host and TDWI Vancouver will supply the cinnamon buns and biscotti from Take5.

Speaker Profile: Gwen Thomas is a Data Governance pioneer, helping to define and evangelize the field. Founder of the Data Governance Institute (DGI) and primary author of the DGI Data Governance Framework and guidance materials found at www.datagovernance.com, she has influenced hundreds of programs around the globe. In the spring of 2013, Gwen joined the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, as their Corporate Data Advocate.

Gwen has personally helped organizations such as the Federal Reserve, American Express, Washington Mutual Bank (WaMu), Sallie Mae, NDCHealth/Wolters Kluwer, BankUnited, Wachovia Bank, Disney, and Coors build or mature their Data Governance and Stewardship programs. Before data governance got “hot”, Gwen spent a dozen years working in the trenches and in management roles as a systems integration consultant and Knowledge Manager, helping large and mid-sized organizations in the areas of data strategy, data integration, Master Data cleansing/standardization, metadata collection/repository development, warehouses, search, portals, and content management. Prior to that, she held positions as a college teacher, a marketing professional, and a publisher of a literary magazine.
Gwen is a frequent presenter at Data/IT events, and she writes for a number of IT and business publications. Information-Management.com has named her one of “17 Women in Technology You Should be Following on Twitter ” (@gwenthomasdgi) and has included her in their Data Governance Gurus list.Advocate.         https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwenthomas

Gwen Thomas – DGI
Friday November 14th, 2014
8:40am to 11:50am
Where: Deloitte Offices
26th Floor (Learning Centre), Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver


8:40 – 9:00 a.m. Networking, Registration & Coffee/Muffin
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking,  more coffee
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. Questions, Networking, yet more coffee and that last muffin


Don’t Miss This Chance to Connect with:

Gwen Thomas – Global Thought Leader in Information Governance and Strategy

Click here to register for the this upcoming event

Also mark your calendars, the next sessions:

  • February 13, 2015: Panel on MDM moderated by Aaron Zorned (head of the MDM Institute)
  • May 08, 2015: BI tool face-off
  • Sep 04, 2015: Local success stories in BI
  • November 13, 2015: TBD

2014.01.05 – Announcement – February 21st Panel Session & Dates for 2014

Happy New Year from TDWI Vancouver! We have scheduled the following dates for the 2014 Chapter Meetings: Feb 21, May 9, Sep 12, and Nov 14 Our next session on Fri. Feb 21 will be a panel discussion, moderated by Wayne Eckerson, about using governance frameworks to marshall big data in big organizations. Guest panelists will join us from local Vancouver companies. Follow the link below to register for this event. May 9 will be Mike Scofield, by popular request, on Data Management, Modeling and Development. Proceed to Registration 

Agenda and Location:

8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration 9-9:20 a.m. Education Information Session 9:20-10:20 Panel Session Part I 10:20-10:35 Break 10:35-11:35 Panel Session Part II 11:35-11:45 Final Comments and Networking The event will be held at: Deloitte Offices 26 Floor Learning Centre, Bentall Four 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Next Session: May 24, 2013 Process Orientation for Data Management Professionals – Practical Techniques and Frameworks

Organizations everywhere are looking at their business processes, some in a casual or ad hoc way, but others becoming truly process-oriented. This is great news for data management professionals with skills in the business process arena. That’s because our goal may be improved data and information, but experience has shown that focusing on business processes is a great way to get the attention and support of the enterprise. After all, business processes are at the heart of what an enterprise does and how it delivers value.

The fly in the ointment is that so many organisations and analysts struggle when working with business processes. From the outset, they fail to properly identify true, end-to-end business processes, and it’s all downhill from there – ignoring the inherent resistance to “all things process,” failing to depict processes and their issues in a compelling way, and not effectively using them to establish context and elicit specific requirements.

This session introduces techniques for working on process-oriented projects, with practical frameworks and tips to get you off to a successful start. It touches on all phases of a project, including introducing business process concepts, discovering processes, scoping and assessing the target process, and modeling processes,. Throughout, we’ll illustrate the interaction between process and data perspectives.

Highlights include:

  • What people think business processes are, what they really are, and why it matters
  • Good news – how a data-oriented approach is invaluable in process discovery
  • Bad news – why some of our beloved approaches and frameworks get in the way
  • How to make processes visible and the need for improvement compelling yet blame-free
  • Workflow mapping, and the essential difference between process and data modeling

Alec Sharp, a senior consultant with Clariteq Systems Consulting, has deep expertise in a rare combination of fields – facilitation, strategy development, business process analysis and redesign, application requirements specification, and, of course, data modeling. His 30 years of hands-on consulting experience, practical approaches, and global reputation in model-driven methods have made him a sought-after resource from Ireland to India, and Washington to Wellington.

He is also a popular conference speaker on the data, process, and business analysis circuits, mixing content and insight with irreverence and humor. Among his many “top-rated of the conference” presentations are “The Lost Art of Conceptual Modeling,” “The Human Side of Data Modeling,” “Getting Traction for ‘Process’ – What the Experts Forget,” “Mind the Gap! – Integrating Process, Data, and Requirements Modeling,” and “Adventures in Reverse-Engineering – What You’ve Got and Why You Don’t Like It.”

At Enterprise Data World 2010, Alec was awarded DAMA’s 2010 Professional Achievement Award. At the recent Building Business Capability 2012 conference, Alec was the highest-rated speaker.

Alec literally wrote the book on business process modeling – he is the principal author of “Workflow Modeling: Tools for Process Improvement and Application Development.” Popular with process improvement professionals, business analysts, and consultants, it is consistently a top-selling title on business process modeling with a “5 star” rating on Amazon.com, and is widely used as an MBA textbook. The completely rewritten second edition was published in 2009.

Alec’s popular workshops, including Working With Business Processes, Data Modeling (introductory and advanced,) Requirements Modeling (with Use Cases and Business Services,) and Integrated Business Analysis and Requirements Definition (“iBARD”), are conducted at many of the world’s best-known organizations. His classes are practical, energetic, and fun, with participants often rating them “the best course I’ve ever taken.”

Contact Alec – asharp@clariteq.com.

Registration & Location:  Registration Link – coming soon

Networking & Registration @ 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Presentation  starts at 9 a.m.

The event will be held at:
Deloitte Offices
26 Floor Learning Centre,
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Nov 23rd Meeting: Data Visualization … basic and advanced


Data visualization….basic and advanced.  Particularly charting techniques, including a rogues gallery of bad charts, and going into some of Tufte’s principles, and eventually showing some charting techniques which are rather advanced for complex data behaviors.   Michael did this for DAMA chapters in Seattle and Kansas City, the Enterprise Data Forum in Chicago,  as well the IAIDQ conference in San Diego.


Michael Scofield,   Asst. Professor, Health Information Mgmt at Loma Linda University

20+ years experience in data warehousing, data quality, data architecture, data management, and data governance.

Specialties: data quality assessment, reverse data engineering, data profiling, deriving information from data, semantic data integration, data quality monitoring

Registration & Location:

Proceed to Registration
Networking & Registration @ 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Presentation  starts at 9 a.m.

The event will be held at:
Deloitte Offices
26 Floor Learning Centre,
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Case Study: why did data governance succeed at Canaccord?

Many organizations try to introduce Data Governance in their corporate structure and many fail. This presentation explains how Canaccord’s own Enterprise Data Management team implemented Data Governance Program at Canaccord Financial and the secret of their success. They will discuss driving forces, success factors and challenges encountered along the way as well as next steps to move it towards a more mature Data Governance model.

Full presentation available here.

Speaker: Cindy Bayley, Manager of Enterprise Data Management at Canaccord Financial and Ana Ristic, Data Architect at Canaccord Financial.
Date: November 25, 2011

Business Discovery and Data Management

A fresh wind is blowing through the sometimes stuffy world of BI – analysts and practitioners have noticed, and call it “Discovery.” Business Discovery is more agile than traditional BI, leveraging in-memory technology, ease-of-use and effective visualization to put analytic capabilities into the hands of business users.

Just as many new users are excited by Business Discovery, some traditional BI practitioners really don’t know what to make of it. They worry about data quality and governance, among other issues.

In this session, Donald Farmer of QlikView (the product described by Gartner as the “the poster child for a new end-user driven approach to BI”) will tackle these issues head on. He will show how Business Discovery makes organizations more effective, and will discuss the strategies for compliance that match the agility of this new approach. In addition, we’ll explore tactical methods for integrating Business Discovery with more traditional
data management initiatives.

You’ll come away with a fresh understanding of the power of Business Discovery and with some concrete ideas for implementing it effectively in your organization, whatever tools you use.

Speaker: Donald Farmer
Date: 2011-06-24

Case Study: Master Data Management at Telus

TELUS became an early adopter of master data management when we began our Customer Data Integration efforts in the year 2000 with our own proprietary governance mechanisms. TELUS MDM evolved through a multi-year roadmap-based approach, envisioned in 2004 and implemented for customer, product and location data stores in the years afterwards. Today, TELUS is resolved to face the challenges and changes of evolution and sustainment in the master data management industry by building on our years of experience and adopting an even more comprehensive and measured approach to master data management in the coming years. This presentation is intended to share this MDM journey with peers in the industry and also bounce around ideas from our ongoing roadmap.

The first hour of the 90 minute presentation will be focused on Master Data Management at TELUS and the last 30 minutes will be an opportunity for attendees to join with Rajesh and Dahlia in an open discussion. The open discussion could delve into:

  • Specifics of TELUS’ experience, lessons learned, best practices and challenges with scaling MDM
  • Advice on attendee’s own plans for implementing MDM at their enterprise
  • Discussions around starting and prioritizing data quality and governance
  • Tips, traps and timely advice from TELUS’ and attendee’s experience.

Presentation available here.
Speakers: Rajesh Jayaprakash, Lead for the Customer Subject Area and Dalia Hussein, Director, Data Architecture
Date: 2011-03-25