Have You Made Progress with Your Data Governance Program?

If your answer is a resounding “YES!” (and I hope it is), I’d strongly encourage you to present at a conference! You can read my previous posts Data Governance Conference – San Francisco, CA and More on the Data Governance Conference to get a feel for what goes on at these conferences. Its just like any other professional conference, accept that everyone around you is a Data Governance practitioner at their organization, is a data governance consultant, or is about to start Data Governance and wants to learn.

Presenting gives you a couple of benefits both within and outside of your organization. In your organization it gives both you and your program credibility you can’t buy. It shows you are respected by your peers and it gives your sponsors some confidence that they selected the right person for the initiative. Let your council as well as others know that you’ll be out of town to “present on the success our organization has had with Data Governance at the abc conference”.

At the conference you’ll make great contacts and hear a bunch of really good presentations on Data Governance theory and practice. I’ve always had great takeaways from these conferences in the past that have really made them worth the price of admission.

You can present on any number of topics. Here are a few broad ideas to get you thinking:

  • How you built your program from the ground up
  • Your Data Governance communication plan
  • What worked and what didn’t
  • How not to do Data Governance – What we did wrong, and what we’d do next time
  • A really neat item that worked for you
  • Data Governance resources – what you read and looked to for advice

Here are a few ‘mashups’ that would make for very compelling presentations:

  • Project Management and Data Governance
  • SOA and Data Governance
  • Case study: Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance and Data Governance

My Disclaimer: People have asked me why I don’t present… My answer is that my organization is pretty old-fashioned and rigid about outside presentations. Rather than bother with the red tape, I started this blog (note I don’t give my full name or my organization to maintain a sort of anonymity) to give my view of Data Governance.

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