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Balancing analytics innovation with data governance


May 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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There are times when we need to be nimble, seize new market opportunities, and quickly wrangle new data sources and analyze their usefulness, look for possible correlations, and run it through analytical and AI/ML models.   

Yet at some point, if we continue to use the data set, we need to go back and perform data hygiene, conform definitions and dimensions, add descriptive metadata, secure and catalog it, and generally make this data available in a more trusted, stable, and well-understood manner throughout the enterprise.  Where and when do data governance techniques to bring this new data "into the fold" and into a more controlled environment, come into play?   How do we balance and reconcile these approaches?

9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome, settle in, networking, registration
9:15 - 9:40 am Scott Taylor, aka The Data Whisper 
Opening Keynote --  "Telling your data story"
9:40 - 10:00 am

Warm welcome to our event sponsor Alation - John Tecce

10:00 -11:00 am

Alation moderated panel -- "Balancing Innovation & Governance" featuring: 

  • Allison Westbrook, Director of Data Strategy and Delivery at Lincoln Financial Group
  • Wendy Zhang - Director of Data Governance, Sallie Mae
  • Jeff Richardson, CIO
  • John Tecce from Alation will moderate.
11:00 -12:00 pm

Dale Ward -- Closing Keynote

"Data Governance and Analytics Enablement at Scale", Diné Development Corporation

12:00 - 12:10 pm Elections, closing -- Ray McGlew, Past President


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Data Governance and Analytics Enablement at Scale -- Dale J. Ward

The essential goal of modern analytics is to effectively harvest strategic and tactical insights from organizational data assets and connect those insights with decision makers at the speed of relevance. Making that connection, however, requires the organizational process capability maturity to ensure data is actively managed as asset to the end that it is Visible, Accessible, Understood, Linked and Trusted (VAULT). Classic Data Governance is critical to enabling these VAULT principles and is the foundational first step towards fostering data-driven behaviors. The promise of modern analytics at scale, however, serves as a distraction and, in too many cases, an organization’s roadmap towards targeted degrees of data management maturity is sacrificed in its pursuit. In this presentation, we’ll explore procedural, technological, architectural and behavioral considerations for modern data platform development. We’ll show that it is possible to leverage specific design choices to ensure big “E” enterprise data governance is properly embedded and respects both the pace and priority of executing analytics use cases. We’ll look closely at the Air Force’s award winning, mult-tenant VAULT Data Platform to see how the Air Force was able to both democratize access to analytics capabilities while leveraging the activities of its tenants and various platform automations to enable active governance and stewardship of critical enterprise data assets.

Dale J. Ward Jr. is a 25-year veteran of the IT industry and holds multiple industry certifications in Enterprise Data Management from DAMA, CMMI and ICCP. He is an enthusiastic data evangelist promoting data management discipline and adaptive architectures in an era of disruptive technologies. Mr. Ward recently became the Strategic Innovations Lead for Diné Development Corporation (DDC) after serving many years as a Senior Data Strategist for one of the nation’s oldest consulting firms. Mr. Ward served as Lead Solutions Architect for the Air Force Chief Data Office’s Data Platform and co-authored the Air Force Data Services Reference Architecture signed out by the acting Secretary of the Air Force in March of 2019. Mr. Ward’s vision for democratized access to modern, governance enriched Analytics and Data Services capabilities in a multi-tenant, cloud environment led to the award winning VAULT Data Platform now in use by hundreds of Air Force and F35 JPO users. Mr. Ward has also served as a Data Architect for multiple large-scale data initiatives within the Air Force Logistics community, Civil Engineering community, the Defense Logistics Agency and the F35 Joint Program Office. In the commercial sector, Mr. Ward served as a Master Data Architect for the Lexis Nexis Lexis Advance platform. Mr. Ward has authored multiple articles and presented at various Air Force and industry data management conferences.

Scott Taylor  has spent over two decades solving master data challenges with large global enterprises as well as guiding Tech Brand owners to leverage their reference data and taxonomy assets, working with some of the world’s most iconic business data brands including Dun & Bradstreet, Nielsen, Microsoft, Kantar, NPD as well as start-ups such as Qoints and Spiceworks.  An avid business evangelist and original thinker, Mr Taylor continually shares his passion for the strategic value of foundational data through public speaking opportunities, blogs, videos, whitepapers, podcasts and all forms of marketing content. 

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