Data Governance Best Practice Award

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The Data Governance Best Practice Award Recognizes
Express Scripts

SHORT HILLS-May 30, 2012—DebTech International LLC, DATAVERSITY and The Data Administration Newsletter (, have announced Express Scripts, the winner of the 2012 Data Governance Best Practice Award.

Chairman of the judging panel, Robert S. Seiner, Publisher of and President & Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services said, “The process to identify a single winner this year was more difficult than other years. The quality of the entries was consistently high from top to bottom. The support that governance receives throughout Express Scripts including the active involvement of Senior Management demonstrates a commitment to improvement rarely represented in any industry.  This factor played a large role in selecting Express Scripts as the winner.”

Additional finalists for the award were ConAgra Foods. LDS Church and Lexmark.

Inderpal Bhandari, Vice President of Knowledge Solutions and Chief Data Officer at Express Scripts said, “We use data to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions that apply behavioral science to clinical evidence, leading to better health at a lower cost. To be recognized for our commitment to continuously improve and safeguard this critical asset is indeed an honor."

The award will be formally presented at the Data Governance and Information Quality Conference on June 26, 2012 in San Diego, CA.

Click here to view the submission from the winner and finalists.

About the Data Governance Best Practice Award
The award is given to the practitioners within a customer organization (ie. corporation, government agency or non-profit, as opposed to a vendor) in recognition of the business value and technical excellence they have achieved in the design and implementation of an outstanding data governance program.

Each submission is judged on responses to the following:

  • Business requirements for Data Governance at their organization.
  • The approach used to define, develop and deliver their Data Governance Program.
  • The length of time the solution has been in place and the incremental steps taken.
  • The scale of the solution (i.e. enterprise, business unit) and whether this will change.
  • The overall business impact/benefits from Data Governance and return on objective.
  • The measurable return on investment and how the measures are used.
  • The population and breadth of business and technical community being served by the Program.
  • The innovative uses of the Data Governance Program and the problems that have been solved.

Judges of the 2012 Award were:

  • Robert S. Seiner, Chairman of the Judging Panel-President, KIK Consulting & Education Services and Publisher. 
  • Elizabeth Davis, Senior Risk Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group
  • Martha Dember, Sr. Practice Consultant, EMC Business Consulting Services
  • Michele Koch, Director, Enterprise Data Management, Sallie Mae
  • John Ladley, President, IMCue Solutions
  • David Plotkin, Advisory Consultant, EMC
  • Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, Alabama Yankee Systems
  • Gwen Thomas, President, Data Governance Institute

About the Data Governance and Information Quality Conference
The Data Governance and Information Quality Conference (DGIQ) scheduled for June 25-28, 2012 in San Diego, CA will focus on the “how tos” from getting started with data governance and information quality to sustaining and achieving data governance maturity. The conference features pre and post conference tutorials by data governance and information quality experts, six conference tracks and more than 30 case studies. For additional information and the agenda please visit