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Meeting Details - 2017



June 14, 2017

Title: Streamlining Data Quality Efforts Using the Dimensions of Data Quality


Join SF DAMA for at 11 AM Pacific on Wednesday, June 14, to hear from Data Quality expert, Dan Myers (DQMatters.com), about how to simplify data quality communication with data stakeholders. In this session Dan will outline what your options are for choosing a robust set of Dimensions of Data Quality to use during data quality reporting, dashboard development and communication during the Software Development Lifecycle. Dan has just finished the third Annual Survey About the Use of the Dimensions of Data Quality and will share some trends he sees in the industry regarding the use of the dimensions of data quality.

Topics discussed in the session include:
  • Review of where we use the Dimensions of Data Quality within an Information Quality Assessment
  • Which list of the Dimensions is appropriate for your organization? (e.g. DAMA DMBOK, Wang & Strong, ISO/IEC 25012:2008, McGilvray's list, or the Conformed Dimensions of Data Quality)
  • Prioritizing the dimensions of data quality to focus on within your organizational Data Quality effort (hint: every organization is different)
  • Where to use the Dimensions in the SDLC?
  • Who needs to understand the lingo?
  • Presenter(s):  

    Dan Myers

    Dan Myers is Principal Info Quality Educator at DQMatters- an eLearning organization focused on Information Quality training and consulting. In previous roles Dan has managed business intelligence teams, and lead architecture reviews of data management (metadata, data quality.etc) tools and implemented associated governance programs. In his role at Farmers Insurance, he authored the Finance led data governance policies for integration/sourcing, metadata, and data quality. Previously Dan has worked as an independent Oracle Certified Professional consultant in both front and back-end development capacities. Dan's fluency in Japanese enabled him to work in both the public and private sector in Japan. Dan received his MBA from the U.S.C. Marshall School of Business in 2009.

    Apr 12, 2017

    Title: Data Monetization for Business Analytics


    Business enterprises which need insights are increasingly looking at digital analytics to be successful in the marketplace. But many organizations are struggling to leverage their analytics programs for impactful business performance. In this backdrop, this presentation looks at monetizing business data using analytics from three main dimensions. First dimension considers the key foundational elements required for deriving business performance from data. It looks at the ontology, taxonomy and the choreography aspects to holistically understand the business data elements. The second dimension looks at the strategies for applying the GQM model. GQM which stands for goal, question, and metric/KPIs is a performance management framework and can be effectively used to identify data elements that matter for business analytics (insights). Finally, a real and practical case study is discussed in this presentation where the GQM Model was applied for improving the supply chain business performance including data governance mechanisms.


    Dr. Prashanth H Southekal

    Dr. Prashanth H Southekal is the Managing Principal of DBP-Institute (www.dbp-institute.com), a data monetization firm which monetizes business data for insights, compliance, and customer service and operations. He brings over 20 years of Data and Information Management experience consulting/working for companies such as SAP AG, Shell, Apple, P&G, and General Electric in North America, Asia and Europe. He has presented his works on Data and Information Management in IEEE journals and conferences, and has published three books on Information Management including the most recent Data for Business Performance.

    Oct 12, 2016

    Title: Building Advanced Analytical Architectures for Big Data using Logical Data Warehouse and Data Lakes


    Many companies are racing to build advanced analytical architectures that span across their new big data technologies like Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL and their traditional data warehouses and enterprise applications.

    They are using a new architectural design pattern called the Logical Data Warehouse and Logical Data Lake . Why? Because they are able to accelerate the time-to-solution from design to production by 60% but using only 40% of the resources.

    In this webinar, Denodo's CMO Ravi Shankar , will describe how to build a Logical Data Warehouse / Logical Data Lake architecture using the data virtualization technology to bridge contemporary big data systems with the conventional data warehouses.

    Logical Data Warehouse / Logical Data Lake is a virtual data abstraction layer over the physical data warehouse, big data repositories, cloud, and other enterprise applications. It unifies both structured and unstructured data in real-time to power analytical and operational use cases.

    Attend and Learn:
    • Common patterns for logical data warehouse and logical data lakes
    • Performance, security, and governance considerations
    • Enabling advanced analytics with information self-service and discovery
    • Become a Logical Data Warehouse / Logical Data Lake expert in one hour!

      In addition to attending this Logical Data Warehouse webinar, if you are interested in learning about case studies and success stories with applied architectures, Denodo is offering free registration to one day of Denodo Datafest on Tuesday, Oct 18th. You can check out the offering at http://www.denododatafest.com/


      Ravi Shankar ,Chief Marketing Officer at Denodo

      Ravi Shankar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Denodo. He is responsible for Denodo's global marketing efforts, including product marketing, demand generation, field marketing, communications, social marketing, customer advocacy, partner marketing, branding, and solutions marketing. Ravi brings to his role more than 25 years of proven marketing leadership and product management, business development, and software development expertise within both large and emerging enterprise software leaders such as Oracle, Informatica, and Siperian. Ravi holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS and an Honors BS degrees in Computer Science. Ravi is a published author and a frequent speaker on data management and governance.

      Sep 14, 2016

      Title: Oracle Spatial & Graph Database in Oracle 12C


      Oracle provides the industry's leading spatial database management platform. Oracle Spatial and Graph option includes advanced features for spatial data management and analysis as well as for physical, network and social graph applications. The geospatial data features support complex Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, enterprise applications and location based services applications. The graph features include a network data model (NDM) graph to model and analyze link node graphs to represent physical and logical networks used in industries such as transportation and utilities. RDF Semantic Graph models and analyzes data represented as triples for social networks and linked data applications.


      Bill Beauregard , Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle USA

      Bill Beauregard is a Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle. He specializes in Semantic technologies, Oracle Spatial, and Workspace Manager. Bill has been with the Oracle product management team for 22 years and co-authored numerous published works in Semantic Technologies.

      June 08, 2016

      Title: Plans have too many Scans? Toss the Table in the Can - RDBMS to Graph


      As Gary Vaynerchuk wrote, "Content is King, but Context is God." Understanding the relationship between bits of data is the next frontier in application development. Ironically, relational databases are poor at modeling data relationships, and their performance doesn't scale as the number of JOINs grows and the data sizes explode.

      Let's say we're building a recommendation system, master data management system, or attempting to do fraud detection. How do we architect an application where the performance of understanding data relationships is critical? In the past, we would have de-normalized the data so our queries could be performed without too many JOINs and accompanying index lookups. If duplication of data and issues with inconsistencies were a concern, we might move to a more scalable NoSQL solution. This requires tradeoffs though, often sacrificing ACID for performance.

      Context and ACID are both gods I believe in, and neither deserve to be sacrificed.

      Enter graph databases.

      Through index-free adjacency, a native graph database enables traversing between nodes across relationships without doing expensive index lookups. This allows us to scale our applications to perform under much heavier loads. And, though graph databases are often considered a NoSQL technology, they can continue to provide the ACID guarantees our software requires.

      This session will discuss the properties of the Property Graph model and how graph databases achieve performance, while also ensuring human efficiency through the intuitiveness of Cypher, a declarative query language optimized for graphs. We'll guide you through moving from a relational database ER diagram to a graph model. We'll use several different datasets to illustrate these concepts, including the Panama Papers data recently released by the ICIJ.


      Ryan Boyd

      Ryan is a SF-based software engineer focused on helping developers understand the power of graph databases. Previously he was a product manager for architectural software, built applications and web hosting environments for higher education, and worked in developer relations for twenty products during his 8 years at Google. He enjoys cycling, sailing, skydiving, and many other adventures when not in front of his computer.

      May 11, 2016

      Title: Getting To Data Truth -- Accurately and On Time


      Finding the right data fast enough to make business decisions and respond to regulatory challenges seems to get harder every day. The technical teams charged with managing the data and the business people trying to use it are often in conflict because the data just doesn't seem to be credible. Often the root of the problems is data being created and collected manually, or passed from application to application to support different use cases. There's a lot of scope for mistrust, especially when the same people are looking at the "same" data from multiple applications. This session will describe an approach to helping business users to find and use the right data at the right time to meet their business decision making and compliance challenges.


      Sue Habas , VP of Product Management for ASG's Enterprise Data Intelligence Suite,

      has over 18 years experience working with metadata on the buy side as a customers and the sell side as a vendor, including implementation, showcasing, and program support. She has worked to structure and drive enterprise metadata/data governance programs. Additionally, Sue has extensive support experience to sustain these initiatives within an organization. She has supported a wide range of clients, including financial, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and e-Commerce with a general need to provide data-driven business practices. Sue is responsible for launching and guiding ASG's Enterprise Data Intelligence solution's superior Metadata/Data Governance technology in fresh, modern offerings that deliver excellent value for today's challenging business demands.

      Yetkin Ozkucur , VP and Practice Lead for ASG's Enterprise Data Intelligence Suite,

      has been with the product for over 15 years. He has in-depth software and process experience as an Engineer and Architect as well as Enterprise-wide implementation best practices. He has designed and delivered many projects and POCs with a wide range of clients, including financial, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and e-Commerce.

      April 13, 2016

      Title: Application of Semantic Model (WYSIWYG) in Master Data Management


      Although many enterprises are trying to introduce Master Data Management (MDM) to overcome data silos by integrating various systems to speak in common language, variety of business requirements from IT and business stakeholders create challenges in building a common data model across the enterprise. Every industry has common language and common models. In this presentation, we are show casing once such model as basis for building MDM. Considering Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO) as a common language for the industry-wide terms and facts and relationships associated with financial services, it is potentially an excellent basis for a data model covering overall enterprise requirements.

      In this presentation, we introduce FIBO in building enterprise MDM model. We begin from the challenges in current state and then cover our strategic approach to build and deploy enterprise Security, Client and Account masters. We also introduce Proof of Concept implementation of Security and Client Masters and show how this can solve real world problems in integrating, mastering and distributing data with complex relationships. This includes:

      . Challenges & Transition Strategy

      . Case Study for Real World Problems and Proof of Concept Implementation

      . Possible Future Extensions


      Mani Keeran

      Mani Keeran has over 20 years of business consulting and information technology experience in the areas of strategy development, product management, business analysis, process model design, data architecture, data model design and application development. His experience spans financial services, high technology, manufacturing, telecommunication, and transportation industries. He has extensive experience in implementing rapid application development in software design, development and implementation. His recent research interests include of Lean Software Development, Knowledge Management and Ontology based enterprise modeling for both structured and semi-structured data. Mani is currently managing the Information Architecture Group for Franklin Templeton Investments. Mani has been the President and Board Member for San Francisco Data Management Association since 2008. Mani has an MBA from SUNY Buffalo's Jacobs School of Management and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter.

      Gi Kim

      Gi Kim is an Information Architect of Franklin Templeton Investments. As proven by his academic history and professional experience, he has strong background in both of information technology and business side of financial services. Gi received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Seoul National University, focusing on data management and modeling studies. He became a CFA charter holder after his 3 years experiences at Risk Management organization of Hyundai Securities. By combining his backgrounds in two different worlds, he could play a role as a bridge between business and technology in several projects after he joined PwC. As a professional consultant, he advised financial services firms to improve their data management practice for efficient risk management and investment activities. He also designed and delivered successful database systems for his clients. At Franklin Templeton, he is currently working on Security and Product Master Data Management projects as the Information Architect.

      Preeti Sharma

      Preeti Sharma is an Information Architect working for Franklin Templeton Investments. She was formerly a Database Lead Engineer for IGT. In her current role at Franklin Templeton Investments, she has worked on building data architecture for various systems including MDMs, DW/Data Marts and OLTPs. She hasalso designed and implemented an home grown Ontology-based solution for classification of semi-structured documents. She has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics from Delhi University India and a Master's degree in Computer Applications from MDU University India. She is a Claritas Certificate holder from CFA Institute and is also a member of DAMA.


      March 09, 2016

      Title: A Data-Centric Approach to Enterprise Architecture: Embedding Data Capabilities into the Operating Infrastructure


      When data requirements are embedded in application requirements, the organization is forever playing catch-up. Data is "following" instead of "driving". That is, the business constantly creates work-around solutions and performs non-value-added work to deal with gaps caused by unique and stove-piped data requirements created for each application. These application based data silos create greater risk and prevent the business from rapidly responding to the ever changing market place.

      This presentation will provide insights into how enterprise architecture can be leveraged to instantiate a data-centric operating environment. Different enterprise operating models will be presented to demonstrate how the enterprise architecture can apply a data-centric approach to embed data-driven capabilities within the operating environment. Use cases will include a global financial services company and a donor-supported healthcare company.


      Peter Aiken, Ph.D

      Peter Aiken, Ph.D., is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten data management authorities worldwide. As a practicing data consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively performing in and studying data management for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions and consulted with more than 50 organizations in 20 countries across numerous industries, including defense, banking, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing.

      He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and author of multiple publications, including his latest book "Monetizing Data Management".

      Peter is the Founding Director of Data Blueprint, a data management consulting firm that puts organizations on the right path to leverage data for competitive advantage and operational efficiency. He is also past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I)


      November 11, 2015

      Title: Why do Enterprise Data Warehouses take so long, cost so much and too often cannot answer my questions?


      An Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) is a critical factor in getting a leg up on the competition. Organizations invest millions of dollars and thousands of person hours designing, implementing and maintaining their EDW. Far too often, those responsible for the EDW are disappointed that the EDW does not provide a competitive advantage and costs to maintain it keep climbing.

      This presentation will explore the reasons why so many EDW implementations don't live up to expectations. We will also discuss some ways to have a high probability of success in implementing an EDW at a low initial cost and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) through Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) technology. We will discuss

      · How DWA significantly reduces time and cost while at the same time increasing quality and user satisfaction.

      · Identify the industry leaders

      · Discuss how DWA by itself does not necessarily guarantee success

      · Discuss how Enterprise Database Design Patterns coupled with DWA help ensure success

      We will close with a demo of how DWA technology works by building a data mart for Sales with slowly changing dimensions and incremental loading, generating the data warehouse relational tables as well as cubes, populating the data warehouse and cubes and running some reports.


      Joe Oates, Author/Consultant

      Joe Oates, is an internationally known speaker, author, thought-leader and consultant on data warehousing, database design and object-oriented (OO) development. He has more than 30 years of experience in the successful management and technical development of business, real-time, OO and data warehouse applications for industry and government clients. His successful data warehouses include the following industries: banking, health care, credit card, telephone, distribution and life insurance.

      Tobias Eld, Vice President, TimeXtender
      oversees the delivery of the company's data warehouse solutions for customers throughout the United States and Canada. He manages all efforts to assist partners and clients, and helps customers achieve a well-structured data warehouse, impactful analytics and accurate reporting.


      August 12, 2015

      Title: Data Management at the Crossroad of Governance and Quality – Metadata Intelligence


      The emergence of the role of the Chief Data Officer has resulted in greater visibility of Data Governance issues that have confronted data management professionals for years. Enterprises are now coming to grips with the increasing importance of the reliability of data that is provided to internal and external consumers. The creation of a data quality industry segment can be seen as a response to these issues.

      Don will be speaking about the Data Management ecosystem that talks about traceability of the business glossary to databases and from operational data collection to data distribution systems.


      Don Soulsby, VP Architecture Strategies, Sandhill Consultants

      Mr. Soulsby is Sandhill Consultants Vice President Architecture Strategies. His practice areas include strategic and technical architectures for data management, metadata management, and business intelligence. Mr. Soulsby has held senior professional services and product management positions with large multi-national corporations and software development organizations.

      He has an extensive background in enterprise architecture and data modeling methodologies. He has over 30 years of experience in the development of operational and decision support applications.

      He is completing his qualification as an Enterprise Data Management Expert (EDME) with the CMMI Institute. Mr. Soulsby is an excellent communicator and has taught metadata, data modeling and data warehouse courses through public offerings and onsite engagements to corporate clients.

      Mr. Soulsby is a recognized thought leader who speaks regularly at international industry events, MIT CDO Conferences and DAMA functions.


      June 10, 2015

      Title: Data Requirements Modeling


      Continuing from last month’s webinar: It will be a quick review of what was presented last month, then a short presentation on ramifications to DRM related to the Zachman Framework, Three-Tier Architecture, data reverse engineering, OOD (Object Oriented Design), followed by an interactive demo of going through the steps of SDM, CDM, DRM, LDM, and DR-LDM.  The plan is to use ER/Studio DA as the modeling tool, as was requested in the last meeting.

      Yet, the data modeling of data requirements is not done independently nowadays, if ever, of other types of data modeling. Trying to include it in conceptual or logical modeling forces the combination of designing a solution at the same time or even before the problem space has been fully defined. The systematic reconciliation the data design with the data requirements, element by element, is a manual exercise that is most often not done and will cause the physical data design to go through cycles of readjustments.

      Why aren't we building data models that graphically represent and specifically address data requirements? Why can't we automatically reconcile a data model representing the results of the analysis of data requirements with the LDM that represents the proposed logical data design solution? Because the data modeling tools we have now do not facilitate these activities.

      François will share the evolution of his thinking on DRM, what he realized and what he proposes. He will share how he sees it being planned and done, and by whom, what changes the modeling tools must incorporate to allow the tool users to benefit fully of the DRM activities, the characteristics he sees in the central model object of DRM: the Logical View, and how different this model object from the Physical View.

      François will spend some time in showing how, using specific workarounds, one may be able to create data models that look like DRMs in two different modeling tools.

      Presenter:  Francois Cartier, Senior Consultant, E-Modelers

      François Cartier has more than forty years of diversified experience in Information Technology in a wide variety of commercial sectors, including telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, wholesale, government agencies, insurance, and financial institutions. He has designed systems marrying relational with object oriented technologies, built and contributed to corporate data models, designed operational and decision support databases under a variety of DBMS’s.

      He has managed data analysis, system development, application support and IT change control teams. He has been using various modeling tools in the last 25 years. He has given classes at Golden Gate University, and made technical and management level presentations at various forums in the USA and Japan.

      He is a DAMA SF chapter member since 1985, a past president and the treasurer for the last 12 years. He has been working for e-Modelers since 2002 on various consulting and teaching assignments with clients.

      March 11, 2015

      Title: Implementing a Data-Centric Strategy & Roadmap – Focus on what Really Matters


      Data is the lifeblood of just about every organization and functional area today. As businesses struggle to come to grips with the data tsunami, it is even more critical to focus on data as an asset that directly supports business imperatives as other organizational assets do. Organizations across most industries attempt to address data opportunities (e.g. Big Data) and data challenges (e.g. data quality) to enhance business unit performance. Unfortunately however, the results of these efforts frequently fall far below expectations due to haphazard approaches. Overall, poor organizational data management (OM) capabilities are the root cause of many of these failures. This workshop will cover three lessons as illustrated in examples, which will help you to establish realistic OM plans and expectations, and help demonstrate the value of such actions to both internal and external decision makers.

      Among others, you'll walk away with three takeaways:
      1. That organizational thinking must change: Value-added data management practices must be considered and included as a vital part of your business 's strategy.

      2. Walk before you run with data focused initiatives: Understand and implement necessary data management prerequisites as a foundation, then build upon that foundation.

      3. That there are no silver bullets: Tools alone are not the answer. Specifying business requirements, business practices and data governance are almost always more important.



      Peter Aiken, Founding Director, Data Blueprint

      Peter Aiken, Ph.D., is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten data management authorities worldwide. As a practicing data consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively performing in and studying data management for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions and consulted with more than 50 organizations in 20 countries across numerous industries, including defense, banking, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing.

      He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and author of multiple publications, including his latest book “Monetizing Data Management”.

      Peter is the Founding Director of Data Blueprint, a data management consulting firm that puts organizations on the right path to leverage data for competitive advantage and operational efficiency.

      He is also past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I)

      Lewis Broome, CEO, Data Blueprint
      An innovative and practiced thought-leader in data management, Lewis Broome has more than 20 years of experience successfully designing, managing, implementing and leading global data management and information technology solutions. His successful track record is marked by strong leadership coupled with a passion for driving data and technology solutions from a clear business-value proposition.

      As an executive in the global financial industry, Lewis led the development of globally integrated data solutions for two of the largest banks in the world. He designed and delivered data solutions (conceptual, logical and physical) and was able to drive standards and deliver timely, cost-effective solutions that were aligned to business objectives.

      In his current role as CEO, Lewis, in partnership with Peter Aiken, Ph.D., has developed a tier-1 consulting organization that effectively combines data management, management consulting and technology into a unique professional services offering.

      February 10, 2015

      Title: Hadoop Data Lake Controversy: Can You Have Your Lake And Use It Too?


      Hadoop provides an ideal platform for storing many types of data that business users - data engineers, data scientists, data analysts, and business analysts - can leverage for data science and analytics. But Hadoop is a file system that lacks the automation to catalog what data it contains, and has no native way for users to find and understand the data they need for their data science and analytics projects. The lack of automation is overlooked when a team conducts a pilot since the data set is known; however, it becomes debilitating as projects grow beyond a proof point or two. The end result is data anarchy where the business has to scavenge for data and hoard what it can find, while IT is desperately trying to manage the data to meet the needs of the business.

      Using data in Hadoop is like scavenging at a flea market.  It is impossible to know upfront what data is there and it would take too much time to browse through the entire market. In the case of Hadoop, it is not practical to browse through all the files in the cluster to find the right ones to wrangle or visualize.

      The opposite of shopping at a flea market is Amazon.com. From a user perspective, it is easy to search and find the right product very quickly. A user doesn’t need to write code or browse through endless list of items. Amazon.com provides a catalog of products with detailed information that anyone can use.

      Waterline Data solves the challenges of finding, understanding, and governing data in Hadoop. Waterline Data is like Amazon.com for Hadoop data. Waterline helps anyone find and understand data in Hadoop without writing code or wasting time browsing through unintelligible files.  In addition to providing the self-service experience to find and understand the right data, Waterline Data also automates building and maintaining a data inventory, securely provisions data to users, and enables data governance throughout.


      Presenter:  Alex Gorelik, Founder and CEO, Waterline Data

      Alex created Waterline Data to accelerate the adoption of Big Data and data driven decision-making at enterprises.

      Prior to Waterline Data, Alex served as general manager of Informatica’s Data Quality Business Unit, driving marketing, product management and R&D.  Also for Informatica, Alex managed a team of 400 engineers and product managers as SVP of R&D for Core Technology, developing Informatica’s platform and data integration technology.  

      Alex joined Informatica from IBM, where he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer for the Information Integration team. IBM acquired Alex's second startup, Exeros that specialized in enterprise data discovery.

      Previously, Alex was co-founder, CTO and VP of Engineering at Acta Technology (acquired by Business Objects and now marketed as SAP Business Objects Data Services).

      Prior to founding Acta, Alex managed development of Replication Server at Sybase and worked on Sybase’s strategy for enterprise application integration (EAI). Earlier, he developed the database kernel for Amdahl’s Design Automation group.

      Alex holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University School of Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.




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