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Thoughts on EDW 2015 and CDO Vision

By: , Posted on: April 9, 2015

enterprise-data-world-175x175As usual, it felt like old home week at Enterprise Data World (EDW). This year it was in Washington, D.C.  But no matter the location it’s always fun to reconnect with fellow data professionals whom I’ve known for many years. Equally, I like meeting new people, particularly those who are up and coming in the field.  The week included concurrent sessions at CDO Vision – more old friends, more new faces, more to learn.

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I often get asked by those beginning their data careers the best way to get started. One of my main pieces of advice is to “show up”. Anyone who knows me has heard me talk about how important it is to build your network of trusted colleagues, and EDW is a good place to do that. It is important to go where you can meet people face to face, in addition to showing up on social media. While people may remember a tweet, a post, or a blog, I believe they will remember an engaging conversation even more. Conferences such as EDW are excellent places to show up and create a personal connection.

Conferences are also an opportunity to continue your education in all things data, because data professionals are never done learning.  The three keynotes this year (Micheline Casey, Graeme Simsion, and Justin Lindsey) were particularly educational and humorous – showing how their experiences could be applied to our data world. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to listen to them.  Many of you know that Graeme moved from his career as a data professional along with his top-selling data modeling books to become a best-selling author with his first novel, The Rosie Project. His sequel, The Rosie Effect, was recently released and I just started reading it.  Not surprisingly, it looks to be as good as the first. I’m keeping my eyes open for The Rosie Project movie, which is under discussion now.

Speaking of books, I’d like to thank Morgan Kaufmann Publishers for their attendance and support at EDW. My editor, Steve Elliot, showed up with a large selection of MK’s Data Management books. I was pleased to see that all copies of my book that he brought were sold!  It’s not too late to take advantage of 30% off data management books from Morgan Kaufmann. Visit the Elsevier Store to browse all of Morgan Kaufmann’s Data books. Enter STC215 at checkout to receive up to 30% off  their data titles.

I appreciated the opportunity to teach my one-day advanced seminar, Increasing Project Success through Data Quality and Governance.  I applaud the many people who attended, particularly since it came at the end of the week of EDW.  That shows dedication.  It was a very participative crowd and  we all benefitted from the interaction.

All in all, EDW and CDOVision were superb – building networks, sharing, learning, creating connections!  Thanks Dataversity, DAMA International, and all the sponsors for making it happen.

About the Author

Danette McGilvary

Danette McGilvray is President and Principal of Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., a firm that helps organizations increase their success by addressing the information quality and data governance aspects of their business efforts.

She is the author of Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information™. An internationally respected expert, Danette’s Ten Steps™ approach to information quality has been embraced as a proven method for both understanding and creating information and data quality in the enterprise. A Chinese-language edition is also available and her book is used as a textbook in university graduate programs.

Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information™ is available for purchase on the Elsevier Store.

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