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Steven Adler is the Program Director for IBM Data Governance Solutions. Previously he was the global privacy market manager for Tivoli Software at IBM and the leader of the IBM Privacy Management Council. He is responsible for planning and executing the market and product strategies for data governance software. Prior to joining the Tivoli software business unit, Adler was the principal in charge of IBM's Global Privacy Center of Competence and led the international team that created IBM's patent-pending Enterprise Privacy Architecture. Adler is also the inventor of IBM's e-Risk solution family, which provided the world's first Internet insurance development programs for the insurance industry in 1996.

Adler has over 15 years experience in information systems technology, international business development and marketing, insurance industry, software development, professional services and offering development. He has worked in both large corporate environments and startup enterprises, has consulted on projects that include technical solutions development, marketing, sales, and brand management, new service and product development, and corporate strategy. Alder holds three patents on privacy technologies and speaks on privacy and security topics at conferences worldwide.

Peter Aiken is an award-winning, internationally recognized thought leader in the area of organizational data architecture and engineering. As a practicing data manager, consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively performing and studying these areas for more than twenty-five years. His sixth book is titled XML in Data Management and is co-authored with David Allen. He has held leadership positions with the US Department of Defense and consulted with more than 50 organizations in 17 different counties.

Dr. Aiken's achievements have resulted in recognition in Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century and bibliographic entries in Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and other recognitions. His entertaining but clear and concise insights make him a sought after speaker, lecturer and consultant. He is an Associate Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Information Systems Department and the Founding Director of Data Blue Print.

Michelle Blackmer is a member of the Product Management team at Initiate Systems. As Product Manager, User Experience, Michelle is responsible for developing solutions for people that manage data quality including customer identity and customer relationship data. Prior to joining Initiate Systems, Michelle was a Product Manager at GE Healthcare Integrated Technologies working to build and implement electronic medical record solutions. With over 10 years of product development experience, Michelle brings a market-driven approach to product management. Michelle lives in Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Christopher Bradley has spent over 26 years in the data management field, working for several blue-chip organisations in data management strategy, Currently, Mr. Bradley is principal management consultant at IPL, a UK based consultancy and has been working exclusively for several years with a British HQ'd super major energy company. Within their Enterprise Architecture group, he has been developing a groupwide MDM strategy to ensure that common business practices and use of master data are promoted throughout the group. This involved establishing a complete data management framework, evangelising the message to executive management world wide, developing governance and new business processes for MDM and developing and delivering training.

Bill Brooks has been modeling, managing and integrating data since 1995, beginning at CID Associates developing application databases, then at Children's Hospital Boston as manager of the Decision Support Systems Group. He managed a team of Informatica integration developers at MFS for several years, and now manages integration systems in Regulatory Systems, Global Investment Technology, and Corporate Finance. Bill's background includes traditional relational database design, data warehouse design and implementation, and enterprise application integration using a variety of ETL, message broker and recently, service bus and SOA approaches. Bill has worked with auditors in a variety of contexts in healthcare and in finance, designed and implemented compliance policies and systems, and architected numerous projects to improve metadata availability in addition to meeting their primary goals. Bill generally prefers not to use the word "architected," but will write it when necessary.

Donna Burbank is the Director of Enterprise Modeling and Architecture Solutions at Embarcadero Technologies. In this role, Ms. Burbank is responsible for the strategic direction of current and future products and contributes to the long-term architecture and roadmap of the product suite.
Ms. Burbank speaks regularly on the topic of metadata management and has presented at such forums as the Oracle International Users' Group, DAMA, and CA World. In addition to her speaking engagements, Ms. Burbank has published several articles and publications dealing with metadata management.

Joe Caputo has spent the last ten years at Pfizer, where he has held a variety of positions. Currently he is responsible for Pfizer's data stewardship program, coordinating a global team of data, stewards in support of Pfizer's data governance goals. Previously, Mr. Caputo worked at Network Solutions, where he was responsible for architectural design, business planning, data capture and production operations, marketing and sales. Mr. Caputo holds a B.S. in computer technology from Trinity College.

James Cerrato is the Chief Product Officer at Adaptive, responsible for the full product lifecycle of all of Adaptive's products from defining product strategy, to gathering market requirements, creating product specifications and controlling product release schedules. In 2004 Mr. Cerrato co-founded GoAgile and guided the successful development and release of GoAgile's suite of products including MAP, APS and Dashboard. Mr. Cerrato co-founded Ptech Inc. in 1994 and worked for ten years as part of the core team that took Ptech Inc. from startup to recognition by Deloitte and Touché as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in New England. In his role as Ptech's representative to the Object Management Group (OMG), James participated in the OMG Object Analysis and Design task force that developed the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Mr. Cerrato speaks frequently at conferences on enterprise architecture, metadata management and repository technology.

Maureen Clarry
is President and CEO of CONNECT: The Knowledge Network. She regularly speaks on leadership and team issues related to information technology organizations and projects. Maureen is on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and hosts the Leadership and Management channel for B-Eye-Network. Maureen participates on the Business Intelligence Advisory Board for The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She is a frequent speaker at DAMA and PMI chapters around the country and is also on the Board of the Colorado Chapter of TDWI.

CONNECT has been recognized as the South Metro Denver Small Business of the Year, and has been listed in the Top 50 Women Owned Businesses, the Top 250 Privately Owned Businesses in Colorado, and by the Denver Business Journal for Denver's Outstanding Business Women.

Christopher Deger is a demonstrated leader who enjoys problem solving through working with all levels of an organization. As a Vice President at Wachovia he has been responsible for establishing & leading the Risk Data Governance Program and the Process & Governance Group for Corporate & Investment Banking Technology. In this capacity he has developed (organizationally & functionally) and staffed both organizations from the ground up. These groups develop and implement processes directed at ensuring compliance with all internal and external governance initiatives (i.e. BASEL II, SOX, corporate policy & standards).

Chris holds both Process Management & Project Management (PMP) Certifications. His diverse career and domain experience has afforded him the opportunity to mentor & teach for over 27 years. His military career in Army Special Forces provided him the opportunity to experience high performance teams first hand and to develop the ability to build and manage those kinds of teams.

Martha Dember has over 20 years experience in information technology. With 5+ years in executive management of privately held firms and 15 years in leadership roles in numerous Fortune 500 and 100 industries/businesses, Ms. Dember has a proven track record of meeting milestones, functionality, and dates. She has excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills which include the ability to work with little direct supervision, strong organizational skills, and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Her major accomplishments have been focused in the areas of Business Intelligence, Executive and Financial Dashboards and Automated Scorecard Applications, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, Data Governance and Master Data Management, and effecting corporate cultural change.

Jill Dyche is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and business consultant. She is partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting, a professional services firm concentrating on enterprise data issues. Prior to co-founding Baseline, Jill worked for pioneering technology vendors Teradata and Computer Associates. In 1991 she relocated to Paris, France, which served as a base for her consulting work with companies such as Daimler, Royal Assurance, and the French national railroad. Returning to the U.S. in 1993, she helped grow Baseline from a data warehouse services firm into an acclaimed information integration provider. She is responsible for key client strategies and industry analysis in the areas of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), business intelligence, and data governance. She counsels boards of directors on the strategic importance of information investment. Executives from companies including Charles Schwab, Verizon, American Express, and The Gap have relied on Jill for advice on data management planning and execution.

Jill's latest book, Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth-co-authored with Evan Levy-shows the business breakthroughs achieved with integrated customer data, and explains how to make CDI work. The book features case studies from Royal Bank of Canada, Intuit, AARP, and Amgen, among others.

Larry P. English, President and principal of INFORMATION IMPACT International, Inc., is an internationally recognized speaker, teacher, consultant, and author in information and knowledge management and information quality improvement. He has provided consulting and education in more than 30 countries on five continents. Mr. English was featured as one of the "21 Voices for the 21st Century" in Quality Progress. DAMA awarded him the 1998 "Individual Achievement Award" for his contributions to the field of information resource management. He has chaired 19 Information Quality Conferences in the US and Europe and is a co-founder of the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ).

Mr. English's methodology for information quality improvement-Total Information Quality Management (TIQMÒ)-has been implemented in several organizations worldwide. He writes the "Plain English about Information Quality" column in the DM Review. Mr. English's widely acclaimed book, Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality, has been translated into Japanese by the first information services organization to win the Deming Prize for Quality.

Tony Fisher is the President and CEO of DataFlux. He joined DataFlux as President in September 2000. In his years at DataFlux, he has guided the company through tremendous growth as DataFlux became a market-leading provider of data quality and data integration solutions. Tony is also a featured speaker and author about emerging trends in data quality, data integration and corporate compliance efforts. Previously, he was the director of data warehouse technology at SAS.

Jonathan G. Geiger is Executive Vice President at Intelligent Solutions, Inc. Geiger has been involved in many corporate information factory and customer relationship management projects within the utility, telecommunications, manufacturing, education, chemical, financial and retail industries. In his 30 years as a practitioner and consultant, Geiger has managed or performed work in virtually every aspect of information management. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and three books, presents frequently at national and international conferences, and teaches several public seminar.

Françoise Gesbert was the Data Support Team Manager at Orange and now Metadata Manager at France Telecom Group. She has a full career path at France Telecom where she started as a sales representative and then switch to IT as a business analyst, a team leader in a billing project, a team manager in the billing application operations before becoming the manager of the Orange France cross application data support team. She is now the Metadata Manager of the IT Applications Assets Map process.

Todd Goldman is the Vice President of Marketing at Exeros. Before joining Exeros, Mr. Goldman was Vice President of Marketing for ScaleMP, a venture-funded company supplying enterprise middleware software to OEM computer manufacturers. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager at America Online/Netscape where he oversaw the company's Shop@AOL, Netscape Search, and Netscape Small Business services. Mr. Goldman joined AOL as part of its acquisition of Netscape where he was Director of Product Marketing for the Netscape Directory and Security products. Before joining Netscape, he held various marketing and management positions at Hewlett-Packard working on products such as HP OpenView for Telecom and HP OpenMail/X.400. Todd has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S.E.E. from Northwestern University.

Alex Gorelik is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Exeros responsible for the company's technical vision, direction and product development. He spent the last 20 years developing cutting edge data-integration technology. Mr. Gorelik founded Exeros in 2002 after spending several years helping large IT organizations integrate their systems, and experiencing first-hand the challenges of mapping data in complex environments. From 1995 to 2000 Mr. Gorelik was co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Acta Technology (acquired by Business Objects in 2002) where he spearheaded the development of Acta's industry leading data extract-transform-and-load, or ETL, solution ActaWorks, and one of the first enterprise information integration (EII) products, ActaWorks Real-Time. Prior to Acta, Mr. Gorelik managed development of the Replication Server product at Sybase and worked on Sybase's strategy for enterprise application integration (EAI). Earlier, he worked on database kernels at Amdahl Design Automation group.

Ken Hoang founded Siperian in April of 2001. Under his leadership, Siperian has emerged as a market leader in the Customer Data Integration and Master Data Management space. As CTO of Siperian, Mr. Hoang is responsible for guiding the company's vision of delivering superior customer data integration and master data management solutions.
Prior to founding Siperian, Mr. Hoang drove the vision and strategy for web technologies as Vice President of Engineering at eGain Communications, a provider of Enterprise Interaction Management (EIM) software. Prior to eGain, he was the VP of Engineering at Inference Corporation. Mr. Hoang's strong track record of developing new technologies in emerging spaces led him to found and lead three successful technology companies including Verix Software, Summit Interactive and Skunk Technologies.
Mr. Hoang holds a bachelor's degree from California State University Fullerton.

Pamela Hulse, MSCIS, BSBAM, CIPP, has over 25 years experience in healthcare operations and information management. Her strength lies in developing and revitalizing business and systems operations by maximizing people and processes through strategic reengineering and culture change management. Pamela is known for deploying a subtle, yet effective approach to align information technology with business needs to drive execution. Pamela is currently Director of Data Governance and Compliance for Healthcare Analytics. She previously served in various business and technical capacities at the Mayo Clinic and as a Consultant for business reengineering and enterprise application implementations in healthcare. Her accomplishments include introducing Data Governance and co-sponsoring the Metadata Project at Wolters Kluwer Health, ensuring on-going compliance with contractual and regulatory requirements within Healthcare Analytics, and developing clinical research programs for Mayo Clinic, and revitalizing clinical practice business operations and systems for select organizations.

Gregory Keeling is the Consulting Manager in Information Management for BMO Financial Group, a highly diversified North American financial services provider. His work focuses on governance, standards, change management and communications as part of a team implementing BMO's enterprise-wide Information Management Policy. Prior to BMO, Greg worked for the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario and the Government of Ontario in a various roles connecting information technology with public policy matters related to privacy, access to information and environmental management. Greg has BA and MA from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada and a Certificate in Media & New Technology Management from the University of Toronto. He received a Certificate of Excellence from the National Quality Institute, is a Fellow of the 21st Century Trust and was the inaugural George Bell Fellow in Strategic Studies at the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies. Greg is currently studying for an MBA (Institute of Canadian Bankers & Dalhousie University).

Michele Koch has over 23 years of experience in structured analysis and design techniques for both process and data modeling. The first 10 years of her career she spent as a consultant providing systems analysis and design leadership using CASE tools to Fortune 500 companies. She is currently a Senior Manager of Data Administration at Sallie Mae. She has been responsible for client/server and mainframe DBAs as well as the data modeling team. Michele received a Masters degree in MIS and Computer Systems Applications from The American University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

Denis Kosar has over 25 years in IT. His current position is Director, Global Data Governance and Strategy at SAP. Over the years, Denis has specialized in data management and data architect specifically in the areas of data quality, metadata, data warehousing, master data management and recently data governance. In those areas, he has also held various management positions in the financial services industry; (Banking, Brokerage and Life Insurance). He has co-authored, "Data Warehousing, practical advice from the Experts" Joyce Bischoff, Prentice Hall, 1996. In addition, he has published," Developing a Framework for Data Quality in Healthcare" at the Information Quality Seminar, MIT, Cambridge, Ma, 9/99. He has served both on the DAMA International and DAMA New York Board of Directors. Over the last 20 years he has presented at the DAMA International, CIO Forum, International DB2 User Group, and the MIT Information Quality Forum Seminars.

John Ladley is an internationally known information management practitioner and a popular speaker on information and knowledge management. John is widely published and has several regular columns. John is a Director with Navigant Consulting. Prior to Navigant's acquisition, John founded KI Solutions, an information and knowledge management strategy company. John was Senior Program Director of Data Warehouse strategies and a Research Fellow at Meta Group. Mr. Ladley is an authority on information architectures, business performance measurement architectures, knowledge management, collaborative applications, and information resource management.

Evan Levy is a partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting (, a technology and management consulting firm specializing in business analytics and data integration. In addition to his executive management responsibilities at Baseline, Evan is actively involved in guiding client projects. He also advises vendors and VC firms on new and emerging product strategies. Considered an industry leader on the topic of data integration and management, Evan is a faculty member of The Data Warehousing Institute and a contributor to DM Review's "Ask the Experts" feature. He is co-author of the new book, Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth (John Wiley and Sons, 2006).

Johnny Long has actively explored both sides of the computer security fence and now opts to spend his time as one of the good guys. Having served as an offensive security consultant for both the commercial and government sectors, Mr. Long currently devotes time to research, development, instruction, and public speaking. Over the past two years, Johnny's most visible focus has been on Google hacking. He has presented at both DEFCON and Black Hat Europe. Johnny has written or contributed to several books, including Google Hacking for Penetration Testers, InfoSec Career Hacking, Aggressive Network Self-Defense, Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity, and OS X for Hackers at Heart.

David Loshin is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc, (, a consulting company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality consulting, information quality training, business intelligence, metadata management, and data standards management. David is an internationally recognized expert in Information Quality, contributing to Intelligent Enterprise, writing a monthly column for DM Review between October 2002 and December 2005, is a quarterly featured columnist for the Data Administration Newsletter (, and is the channel expert of the B-EYE-Network's Information Quality and Data Integration channel. David's book, "Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide" (June 2003) has been hailed as a resource allowing readers to "gain an understanding of business intelligence, business management disciplines, data warehousing, and how all of the pieces work together." David also wrote "Enterprise Knowledge Management - The Data Quality Approach," which describes a revolutionary strategy for defining, managing, and implementing business rules affecting Enterprise-wide information quality management.

Jojy Mathew is the Vice President and Managing Director of Swingtide's Financial Services Group, is an expert in helping financial services companies manage their data and maximize its value. His data mastery, integration and middleware expertise has been demonstrated in numerous projects completed for the world's leading financial services companies. He is also a recognized asset securitization expert and has broad finance and accounting expertise. A graduate of the University of Colorado (M.S., Finance), he is a frequent conference speaker on topics including asset-backed securities, transaction structuring, and technology.

Michael P. Moran is Senior Product Marketing Manager at Initiate Systems, Inc. In that role he works collaboratively with fellow product marketing and product managers in the development of new products, functions and features in response to CDI-MDM market requirements. Additionally, Michael shares responsibility with development of marketing in support of current and future products and services of Initiate Systems. Prior to joining Initiate, Michael led the Customer Data Integration Team for Dell, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the core functional requirements of Customer Hierarchy and Sales Team Hierarchy, driving towards global implementation of designated systems of record. Before joining Dell, Michael served as a Program Manager with Computer Sciences Corporation implementing a state-of-the-art enterprise portal capability for the Missile Defense Agency. He also served over ten years as an active duty U.S. Navy officer performing in various communications and information/knowledge management roles across the globe.

Craig S. Mullins is a data management strategist for NEON Enterprise Software, Inc. Craig has extensive experience in the field of database management having worked as an application developer, a DBA, and an instructor with multiple database management systems, including working with DB2 for z/OS since Version 1. Craig is also an IBM gold consultant and is the author of two books: "DB2 Developer's Guide" and "Database Administration: Practices and Procedures". You can contact Craig via his web site at

Bonnie O'Neil is Senior Technical Consultant/Senior Principal Data Architect at Project Performance Corporation, and is an internationally recognized expert on data quality, glossaries, business metadata, data architecture, business rules and the emerging field of semantics and Web 2.0. She is a regular speaker at many conferences, and has also been a workshop leader at Meta Data/DAMA Conference, Oracle ODTUG, and the Business Rules Forum; she was the keynote speaker at an international conference on Data Quality in South Africa. She has been involved in strategic data management projects in both Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, and her expertise includes specialized skills such as data quality, profiling, semantic/data integration and migration. She is the author of three books including Business Metadata (due out late summer 2007) and over 40 articles and technical white papers.

David Plotkin is the Manager of Data Quality at Wells Fargo Consumer Credit Group. He manages a group of people charged with establishing metadata methodology, defining and enforcing data quality, providing subject matter expertise to projects, and building a corporate-wide set of rules around these topics. He has been instrumental in setting up data governance, and has been involved in metadata, data modeling, stewardship, and data quality for more than 20 years.

Antoine Proult is Enterprise IT Architect Associates at ACP Conseil and both IT architect and project manager on the Semantic EII implementation. He started his career at IBM and then did work at different companies like Michelin, Caisse d'Epagne banking Group, Euriware Integration Services, Sun Microsystems, USWebCKS before launching his own company called ACP Conseil.

Christina Rouse specializes in enterprise business intelligence and data warehouse solutions. Chris has nearly 20 years of data experience on a broad range of technical platforms. Clients rave about her blend of business designer, technical architect and trainer skills. Chris is often asked to conceptualize the BI solution, then architect, construct and implement that solution. Chris is a seasoned business intelligence solution architect, a statistician by graduate education and a former college professor. She currently directs SilverTrain's National Business Intelligence practice.

Michael Scofield is Manager of Data Asset Development at ESRI, Inc. in Redlands, California. ESRI is the world largest creator of geospatial information systems (GIS) with over 3,100 employees world-wide. He is also Assistant Professor of Health Information Management at Loma Linda University. He is currently writing a book on data acquisition. Mr. Scofield has made over 130 presentations to professional audiences on data management, data quality assessment, semantic data integration, and data warehousing. Audiences include numerous DAMA chapters, Information Quality Conferences, European Metadata Conferences, Australian DAMA Conference, Oracle User Groups, IBM Information Technology Conference, Institute of Internal Auditors, Assn. of Government Accountants, Assn. for Computing Machinery, Quality Assurance Assn. chapters, and many more. Corporate audiences include The World Bank, Purdue University, and City of Hope Medical Center. He has articles published in Data Management Review, the Database Newsletter, InformationWeek magazine, the IBI Systems Journal, as well as web articles for the B-Eye Newsletter. He also has humor published in the L.A. Times and other journals.

Robert S. Seiner is the President and Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC, a consultancy focused on designing and implementing best practice solutions in the areas of Data Governance & Data Stewardship, Meta-Data Management, Data Management Programs and Data Architecture. KIK, standing for "knowledge is king", provides consulting and mentoring services as well as private and public seminars in these data management disciplines.

Mr. Seiner is also the Publisher of The Data Administration Newsletter ( Over the years, has won several prestigious awards and has become recognized as a "bookmark on the browser" of data managers around the world. is preparing to celebrate its 10th Anniversary in July of 2007 and presently attracts close to 200,000 visitors every quarter.

Graeme Simsion is one of the best known and most influential voices in the data management field. Always controversial, always prepared to question the conventional wisdom, and his own ideas as well, he is identified with some of the most important ideas and trends in data administration and data modeling over the past decade. He built and managed a successful consultancy which grew to some 70 staff covering IS planning, process re-design and systems specification as well as data management and data modeling. During this period, he continued to take on consulting assignments himself, primarily facilitating business and technology planning at the senior management level. Graeme enjoys a reputation as an outstanding and entertaining communicator. His book, Data Modeling Essentials (Morgan Kaufmann), now in its third edition, is widely regarded as the clearest work on the topic.

Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D. is a highly acclaimed author and speaker in the fields of data stewardship and governance, data warehousing, data modeling, project management and metadata management. She holds a doctorate in Management Information Systems and has taught at LaSalle University. Anne Marie serves on the board of directors of DAMA International and is an expert advisor to DM Review's Ask the Experts. Anne Marie is the Director of Education and Principal Consultant at EWSolutions.

Tim Snow has been a Software Consultant with NEON Enterprise Software Inc. (NESI) since 2005 where he helped to launch NESI's entry into the DB2 tools market. For over 25 years, Tim, has worked in Information Systems specializing in Database Administration and Software Consulting. He has worked for a number of employers including BMC Software, IBM Global Services, AT&T, and Texas Instruments.

Gwen Thomas is President of The Data Governance Institute, a private, vendor-neutral organization dedicated to providing practical assistance with Data Governance, Stewardship, and Compliance. The DGI helps organizations find alignment and clarity through publications, coaching, training, and implementation assistance. Gwen also serves as publisher of the DGI's flagship website,, the web's largest collection of vendor-neutral Sarbanes-Oxley news and information. Gwen has designed Data Governance programs for Sallie Mae, Wachovia Banks, Walt Disney World, Coors, NDCHealth/Wolters Kluwer, and others, working with IBM, systems integrator CIBER, and other partners. A frequent presenter at industry data events, Gwen is a columnist for z/Journal, on the presentation faculty for Institutional Investor, and is the author of Alpha Males and Data Disasters: The Case for Data Governance.



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