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We had 30 of our members attend this month's DAMA presentation by Charles Betz, and by the end, I gathered so much myself on how many of IT's internal tracking problems are because we do not define our own needs and systems that well. Cobbler's children's shoes concept, which not ironically is in the subtitle of our presenter's book on the subject. If you missed him or wished you could have gotten or won a copy of Charlie's book but couldn't, you can find it at most major booksellers.

In June, we are going to cover an important, non-technical soft skill: Facilitation. Experienced data modelers who are recognized for their ability to reconcile differences across groups are often facilitators even if they are not formally trained in it. With the renewed rise in importance of data architecture in IT, Facilitation is a critical communication skill. Our presenter in June is an Executive Coach that will have an interactive session with the attendees and also answer specific challenge scenarios we face in our daily jobs.

You have an additional incentive to attend the June event. We are a co-sponsor to BPM Institute's upcoming Brainstorm San Francisco conference (June 18-21) on SOA and Business Process Modeling. In return, we will have a drawing for 5 (Five) Complementary 2-day Full Conference passes at our June meeting. The feedback from the past several years have been consistently positive. I invite you to check out event details that are available through our website on www.sfdama.org. You can also register for the event with a SFDAMA discount or sign up for a complimentary day pass through our web site.

Looking forward to seeing you in June.


Mehmet Orun
Chapter President
San Francisco DAMA

David Pilati - June 6, 2007

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8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 The Power and Promise of Facilitation
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Continued Presentation
11:45 - 12:00 Questions and Wrap-Up
12:00 - Lunch Restaurant (to be announced at the meeting)

The Power and Promise of Facilitation

Facilitation is defined as the act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something. It is a style of interaction that draws from the resources of others, empowering them and involving them while enhancing everyone’s learning. This style can be used for training, coaching, running meetings, team-building, building consensus, resolving conflict and even transforming organizations. Simply put, the ability to facilitate others is a powerful leadership skill.

This workshop explores and demonstrates what facilitation is and how it can be used to assist or make easier a variety of business activities. This world class workshop is based on one designed, developed and delivered for Promatch, a Silicon Valley career transition agency, where its implementation resulted in significantly upgrading all their other offerings. Using a highly interactive design, you will have the opportunity learn by doing and improve your skills at being a better facilitator.

About the Presenter:
David Pilati, is an Executive Communication and Facilitation Coach, Pilati and Associates

David is an executive coach and recruiter with a diverse background in driving organizational change, interpersonal skill building, leadership development and mediation, as well as extensive experience in engineering R&D and education.

David’s coaching experience has included providing executive coaching services to a financial services company, a Silicon Valley networking company, one of the big three international strategic consulting firms, both pharma and biotech companies, a software company, a major oil company and the US Navy. These engagements resulted in improved executive performance: improved abilities to communicate, think strategically and build relationships, improved global operations and more rapid development of bench strength, for example. Additionally, David developed and facilitated a one-year leadership-training program for Paranet, which included facilitation and coaching for each participant.

Diby Malakar - July 11, 2007

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8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 ROI Models for Data Quality
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Continued Presentation
11:45 - 12:00 Questions and Wrap-Up
12:00 - Lunch Restaurant (to be announced at the meeting)

ROI Models for Data Quality

Data Quality is important. Most organizations get it. The issue that many organizations are grappling with is not the lack of awareness as regards to the value of high-quality information, but rather how critical they are to the business and how bad data really affects the business. This is where the concept of data quality Return on Investment (ROI) comes in to build an effective business case for instituting a DQ Management program.

This session will be based on actual lessons learnt in seeking to tackle the above, what worked, what did not work, and how one can devise easy-to-comprehend ROI Models and define quality metrics to establish a Quality Service Level Agreement (SLA) foundation. The ROI Model discussion will focus on how the scope of the actual costs of the business problems can be calculated and then how they can be compared to what it takes to improve data quality.

About the Presenter
Diby Malakar works as Director - Product Management for Cloud9 Analytics, a software product company in the Business Intelligence space where he is responsible for setting product strategy and direction. He has more than 13 years of experience in the information technology industry and specializes in Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Governance and Data Quality Management. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a MBA in Information Systems. He is also currently pursuing a PhD program in Strategic Management. He is an active member of IAIDQ and the San Francisco chapter of DAMA. His articles have been published in a variety of places such as TDAN, Wharton’s Leadership Digest, and Oracle Magazine.

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