What to Look for at EDW this year - a Guide for Novices and Experts
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  Tony Shaw   Tony Shaw
  Karen Lopez   Karen Lopez
Sr. Project Manager & Architect
  Peter Aiken   Peter Aiken
  Sue Geuens   Sue Geuens
Industry Principal
  Jaime Fitzgerald   Jaime Fitzgerald
Founder and Managing Partner
Fitzgerald Analytics


Sunday, April 29, 2012
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Level:  Business / Non-Technical

With so much going on at any one time, it can be difficult to prioritize your time at a conference like Enterprise Data World. And just like your favorite European city, the best things about the conference are not the obvious things highlighted in the travel guide, but rather the "hole-in-the-wall" discoveries that you make far from the crowds.

Come to this welcome session to make some discoveries of your own. What are the presentations that stand out for you this week, and which are the potentially brilliant ones that might have escaped your notice? How can you take advantage of the professional networking at the conference, as well as some of the "extreme" learning opportunities?

Come discover the conference before it gets into full swing, and develop your plan of attack for the week ahead.

Tony is the Founder and CEO of DATAVERSITY (www.dataversity.net) and the co-chair of the EDW educational program. He directs the overall subject matter of DATAVERSITY's educational services, including conferences, publications and webcasts. Prior to founding DATAVERSITY he also started a dotcom in the identity management space (which went the way of most dotcoms), and was the president of Technology Transfer Institute (TTI). He still facilitates TTI's strategic technology forum for CTOs, called TTI/Vanguard (www.ttivanguard.com).

Karen Lopez is Principal Consultant at InfoAdvisors, Inc., a Toronto-based consulting firm, and has spoken at several DAMA conferences and DAMA Chapters. She has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen specializes in the practical application of data management principles. Karen is also moderator of the InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups at www.infoadvisors.com

Dr. Peter Aiken has lectured internationally, giving invited talks in 17 countries. He is currently an Associate Professor of Information Systems as part of the Department of Information Systems in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University. As one of the founders of Data Blueprint, he has been nominated for and received international recognition for pioneering work in advanced data management techniques. Dr. Aiken is also the current president of DAMA.

Sue is a Senior Data Management Specialist who has been customer facing for the past 16 years. During this time she has focussed specifically in the financial (banking, insurance, pensions) and telecommunications sectors, gaining immense knowledge and expertise in both. Each year she attends a number of Data Management conferences giving presentations both locally and overseas. Her initial step into the world of data came about in the form of designing and implementing the first registration system for the NHBRC. Since then she has moved on to various businesses and enterprising, always working toward Data Quality and Integrity, which is her passion. Sue was elected President of DAMA SA during January 2009 and was the driving force behind the Inaugural Meeting which was held on 18th February 2009 at Vodaworld in Midrand. Sue became the first official CDMP in Africa during EDW in San Francisco in March 2010

The Founder and Managing Partner of Fitzgerald Analytics, Jaime has developed a distinctively quantitative, fact-based, and transparent approach to solving high stakes problems and improving results. His approach enables translation of Data to Dollars™ using methodologies clients can repeat again and again. He is equally passionate about the “human side of the equation,” and is known for his ability to link the human and the quantitative, both of which are needed to achieve optimal results. During more than 15 years serving clients as a management strategy consultant, Jaime has focused on customer experience and loyalty, customer profitability, technology strategy, information management, and business process improvement.

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