Data Governance Book Giveaway


For the next 4 days you’ll have some opportunities to win the book “Alpha Males and Data Disasters – The Case for Data Governance”. This book is a great case study on why Data Governance is needed in an organization, and its a really quick and easy read. It provides a nice business perspective on Data Governance that you can easily apply to your pitches and presentations. If you don’t have it, I highly recommend trying to win it in this giveaway.

So here is how it will work. I’m going to drop names in a hat and pull out the winner on Friday, September 5th at 5pm EST. You can get your name on multiple slips of paper, as follows:

1. Subscribe to the blog. Its easy, and you’ll get your name on one slip of paper. If you have already subscribed, don’t worry, you’ll automatically be entered for this.

2. Signup for this webinar. Its free, you won’t be spammed, and you’ll learn a heck-of-a-lot in an hour long audio webinar about Data Governance. You’ll get your name on 3 slips of paper for this. All you have to do is send me an email and I’ll verify that your email address has registered for the webinar.

3. Write a post for this blog. You’ll get your name on 5 slips of paper this way and its super easy! Just write about 300 words on a tip, suggestion, or something you have learned while working or researching Data Governance and email it over to me. I just ask you not steal your content from anywhere else. You can write something up that will help the whole community in probably less than five minutes, and get a bunch of entries. In addition, you can really start to build a name for yourself in this field.

There you have it, easy right? In the next 10 minutes you could have 9 entries into the contest and a good shot at winning a great book. First things first, subscribe if you haven’t already. Next, register for the webinar. Finally, write a little tip or observation that has been on your mind and shoot it over to me. I know you can do it.

Data Governance Resources for the week


Every few weeks I put together a list together for you of all of the resources that I’ve gathered on the latest happenings and discussions going on in the Data Governance and Management industry. Please use these resources to expand your knowledge and feel free to email in or leave a comment with any other articles that you’ve come across that may be of value. Also, don’t forget to check out the Data Governance resources page.

Data Governance and the Holy Grail
This is a nice article on how Data Governance is helping the business better connect with IT, and vise-versa. The ‘holy grail’ in this case is the idea that the business and IT and working so closely together that the business needs are always met by the IT solutions. Last I checked we hadn’t found the holy grail, but Data Governance has certainly helped build a better bridge between the two groups.

Data Governance Training Webinar
Take advantage of this one because its free… Just click on that link, then click “Award-Winning UMB Bank Success Secret: High Quality Customer Data” at the top. I listened to it again the other day and I am really impressed by what UMB was able to do in just a short amount of time. There are lots of great tips and advice that you can apply to your organization today.
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