DG Best Practice Award

DebTech International, Wilshire Conferences and TDAN.com are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the annual "Data Governance Best Practice Award." 

  • Submissions are due by April 8, 2011. Only one nomination per organization
  • Submissions must be made in Microsoft Word (including any graphs or images).
  • All submissions become the property of DebTech International and Wilshire Conferences, Inc. and may be used in part or full for promotional and/or educational purposes.
  • We will honor specific confidentiality requests and refrain from making certain information public, however confidential information must be specifically identified and limited to no more than 20% of the overall submission.
  • The winning organization agrees to be the subject of an interview by Robert S. Seiner of TDAN.com, and to be published by TDAN.com.
  • A representative of the nominee organization must be available for a telephone interview with the judges, if necessary, between the dates of April 18, 2011 and May 15, 2011.
  • Finalists will be notified by May 1, 2011. The winner will be announced in May 2011 and the award will be formally presented at the 2011 Annual Data Governance Conference in San Diego. The winner will be invited to present a case study of their data governance program and will receive 3 nights hotel stay at the conference hotel and economy airfare up to $1,000 USD from their hometown to San Diego.

Please send final submission as a Word document (may be zipped) via e-mail to Davida@debtechint.com.  All finalists will be contacted to verify the accuracy of the entries. Questions? Contact Davida Berger at DebTech International (973) 379-7212.

  1. Nominee Information: Provide the full corporate name, address, telephone, email and Web address for the organization being nominated for the Best Practices Award entry. Make sure to include the Individual(s) at the nominee organization who is to be contacted regarding the nomination and/or submission (include name, title, telephone, e-mail). This should be the person who will respond to questions and be interviewed by the judges if chosen as a finalist. You may also provide an alternate contact if you wish.
  2. Please provide a statement that acknowledges your acceptance of the Submission Conditions as outlined above.
  3. Please answer the following questions. Keep your responses concise please.
  • Describe your data governance program planning process, when the program started, where in the organization the program resides (business and or technical areas), and who is ultimately responsible for delivering value.
  • Describe the phases of the program, when you went "live" with your data governance program, and whether or not your program aligns with an industry standard framework or consulting organization’s approach that has been made public through presentations and written content.
  • Describe the level of management sponsorship, promotion, enforcement and the business drivers of your data governance program.
  • Describe the program's business and technical goals and objectives, how these goals and objectives were decided upon, and the level to which these goals and objectives have been achieved.
  • Describe your organization’s business requirements for Data Governance and the level of business involvement in the daily operation of the data governance program, as data stewards, facilitators, decision makers, …
  • Describe the Data Governance business requirements gathering process, ho was involved in that process, and how specific requirements were addressed by the program.
  • Describe your program's Data Governance Structure (operational, tactical, strategic, executive and support).
  • Describe the tools (internally developed or externally purchased) that have been used to support the activities of the Data Governance program.
  • Describe where the information (meta-data) that supports the Data Governance Program (example: relationships between people and data, relationship between data and systems, relationship between data and business rules) is located, maintained and made available.  Who are the people are that are using that information and how are they using it.
  • Describe how the Data Governance program is designed to assure the quality of data and any agreements that are held between the business and technical areas of the organization that use Data Governance and associated metrics to maintain the agreements.
  • Describe the relationship between your data governance program and ancillary activities including master data management, risk management, business intelligence, data quality/quality reporting initiatives, compliance initiatives, others that have aligned with your program.
  • Describe the business, technical and support roles associated with your data governance program, how many people participate in these roles, where they reside in the organization, and who manages their responsibilities.
  • Describe the data governance organization base (both business and technical), how many people are currently associates with following data governance guidelines, areas of your organization where they are receiving the most value from the data governance program.
  • Describe how the data governance program is marketed and promoted internally in your organization and how accountability for the governance of data is applied and enforced.
  • Describe the techniques that you use to attract new governance associates and how you assist new associates to learn how to use and navigate through the data governance program.
  • Describe how your organization measures the success of your Data Governance program, how KPIs (key performance indicators) are defined, and the Data Governance program quality reporting method (balanced scorecard, six sigma).
  • Describe your ability / attempt to define and report a financial ROI on the program, whether or not this type of reporting is required, and how well this reporting has been accepted.

To see the winning entry from the 2010 Award please click here.