Top 4 Data Governance & MDM Conferences to Keep Your Eye on in 2018

In the world of data governance, there are multiple options where you can sharpen your data governance skills, but one of the best ways to take your game to the next level is by attending industry conferences.  You can hear the latest developments in your field, listen firsthand to thought leaders, attend workshops or trainings, as well as network with your peers.  But the list of possible conferences is long (and your budget limited!) and it can be daunting to decide which conferences to attend. If you’re looking for some guidance on where to spend your time this year, you are in luck! Over the years DATUM has attended and participated in many different conferences, and based on those experiences we’ve compiled our top 4 recommended data governance conferences for 2018.

1. Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

Grapevine, TX | March 5-8 2018

Focus: The Summit will embrace a range of information and analytics challenges faced by today’s business and IT leaders. The conference will help you develop a complete data and analytics strategy with supporting technology capabilities.

Size:  3,000 attendees

Structure: This conference is a combination of breakout sessions, roundtables, workshops, “Ask the Analysts” sessions, and industry forums. Don’t forget to visit over 100 companies in the exhibitor section.

Tips for getting the most out of the event:
  • Use the Build Your Agenda feature on the website to help you organize your day’s activities to get the most out of the event.
  • Look at the exhibitor list ahead of time so you know who you want to meet with at the event.
  • Be sure to check out DATUM’s Learning Lab schedule, coming soon!

2. SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference
Orlando, Florida | June 5-7 2018

Focus: Great for senior executives, IT decision makers and business users across all industry areas that are currently using or interested in using SAP tools.  Learn about important technology trends as well as the latest game-changing SAP solutions that empower companies in today’s digital economy.

Size:  30,000 attendees

Structure: This conference is a three day event featuring celebrity keynotes, expert-led educational sessions, SAP partner demos, customer stories and meet with product experts on the show floor.

Tips for getting the most out of the event:

  • Visit the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) Hub to learn about the benefits of joining or learn how you can get more out of your existing membership.
  • Don't leave early! SAPPHIRE NOW hosts a concert with big time artists to help you unwind after the event. Coldplay, J.Lo and Muse have been the latest artists to close out the conference.
2017 DATUM & Customer Presentations:

Read our recap blog from last year’s SAPPHIRE event.

3. Data Governance & Information Quality Conference (DGIQ)
San Diego, CA | June 11-15, 2018
Focus: Practical approaches and success stories for starting and attaining maturity for your data governance and information quality program, this event is designed for the experienced data governance and data quality professionals as well as for beginners.
Size: 450-550 attendees
  • Interactive tutorials and workshops
  • Real world case studies
  • 2 Day Seminar on Data Stewardship
  • 2 Day Seminar on Data Quality
Tips for getting the most out of the event:
  • This event is held near the beach so try to come a day early or stay the weekend to enjoy the water, sand and sunshine.
  • Don’t shy away from the 30 minute vendor demo presentations. This is a great opportunity to get a quick, high-level demo of all the top governance technologies.
2017 DATUM Presentations:

4. ASUG Data Governance Community Meetings

These small, interactive meetings are great for professional networking and sharing knowledge on SAP tools. Between the ASUG chapter meetings, educational webcasts and ASUG EIM Conference (formerly known as the SIG), you’ll have many different events to choose from that best fit your needs.

Focus: Anyone who uses or is interested in using SAP tools

  • ASUG Chapter Meetings: 38 regional communities across U.S. and Canada.  Find your local chapter here.
  • Special Interest Groups (SIG): Focused on specific SAP products or service areas.  You can tailor your membership and join communities that fit your industry, role and interests.  There are over 90 SIG communities, check them out here.

Size: Small venue that's personal and interactive


  • One day regional events
  • Peer-to-peer learning and networking
  • National conferences
Tips for getting the most out of the event:
  • If you are not a member already, register with ASUG to begin attending events
  • Don’t forget about our Annual DATUM User Community (DUC) Meet Up! It is held right after the ASUG EIM Conference and gives you an opportunity to network with data leaders and ask questions.
Last Year's DATUM & Customer Presentations:
  • 5 Easy Steps to Communicate the Value of Data Governance (& Getting People to Care), David Woods & Cameron Ogden, DATUM
  • An MDM Journey: How BJ’s Wholesale Club Enables Master Data to Drive Value, Kimberly Sharp, BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Business KPIs & Data Governance: A Sweet Combination for Hershey, Mark Yingling, Hershey
  • How JCI Enabled Global Analytics on SAP HANA with Enterprise Data Governance, Nathan Westby & Amanda Bailey, Johnson Controls Inc.

Conferences are a big expense, of both your time and money.  But they allow you the opportunity to learn outside your office walls, network with other professionals in your field and bring new and fresh ideas back to the office. There is no better way to invest in yourself and your career. Here’s to a great 2018! 

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