Upcoming Events

Looking forward to meeting up with my peers and friends at the Enterprise Data World Conference being held in Atlanta Georgia  April 29-May 5 2012 at the OMNI Hotel at CNN Center  for more information go to http://edw2012.dataversity.net/index.cfm.

I will be speaking on Tues morning May 1st at 9:45

Topic is Master Data Management – Big M, Little m ‘One size’ Does Not Fit All

Master Data Management can be extremely complex, costly and entrenched in technology, but it can also yield incredible benefits to enable the business.  It may start small and grow as required  and be successful within your organization .

This presentation will expose you to the fundamental concepts of Master Data Management and an incremental approach to developing an MDM Program that fits the size and maturity of your company. You can expect to leave the presentation with some tools to determine whether you are ready and if not, what you can do to become ready, or better still, how can you start small and grow. Some of the topics which will be covered include:

  • What MDM is and what it isn’t
  • Accessing your companies’ maturity and readiness
  • Data Governance as a key lever for success
  • Myths around Master Data Management
  • Enterprise Information Framework as a Foundation
  • Creating a compelling business case for MDM

Hello from Dawn Michels!

Hi, I am Dawn Michels Enterprise Information Architect residing near the Twin Cities in Minnesota.  I have many years experience in relational database design and modeling initiatives spanning the Retail, Insurance, Medical Devices, and Credit Card industries. My employer tapestry includes Regis Corp, Target Corp, Andersen Corp (Windows and Doors), Guidant Corp (Now Boston Scientific), Fair Isaac Inc, and Minnesota Life Insurance (now Securian)  and was the project lead at General Mills on their first Corporate Wide DW.  To round out my professional career, and give back to my profession, I have been an adjunct faculty member at University of St. Catherine & St. Thomas, teaching courses in MIS and Data Warehouse Design. I have had the priviledge to speak at nine previous DAMA International Conferences (now called EDW – Enterprise Data World) and am currently the past – president of DAMA MN and have served on the DAMA I board as VP of Chapter Services. I believe in sharing and mentoring to the best of my ability, as I consider it the best way to continue to develop data architecture practices.  I enjoy exchanging ideas with professionals in my field, especially on topics such as Master Data Management (MDM), Data Governance and Stewardship and MetaData management.  All of these have one important aspect, that is the need for business and information technology collaboration.  Without a business need that is providing bottom line value, why would we build any database in the first place.  Feel free to email me here dawn@dawnmichels.com.