3 Best Data Governance & MDM Conferences for 2016

***Read our updated review for 2017

In 2015, we attended over 25 events focused on Data Management, Information Governance, Master Data Management (MDM), Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Digital Transformation. Based on our experiences, here are three conferences we highly recommend:

SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference
May 17-19, 2016 | Orlando, Florida

The Sapphire NOW & ASUG Annual Conference is great for any IT/Data professional or business user that is currently using or is interested in using SAP tools. You will get the opportunity to learn about important SAP solutions, SAP partners, and real-world best practices.

View our 2016 recap video and blog from the SAPPHIRE Event here!

DEB_TECH_mdm conference.pngDeb Tech International Summit
Data Governance & Information Quality Conference | San Diego, CA | June 27-July 1, 2016
Data Governance Winter Conference | Delray Beach, FL | Nov. 14-18, 2016

Deb Tech International hosts bi-annual conferences for those interested in learning how to start a data governance operating model, attain data governance maturity and improve information quality.

  • Focus
    • DG Winter: Focused on the “How-To’s” of starting a data governance and stewardship program.
    • DGIQ: World’s largest event dedicated entirely to data governance and information quality.
  • Size: Mid-Size
  • Structure
    • 2 day seminars
    • Interactive tutorials and workshops
    • Case studies
    • Lessons learned panels
  • Recommendations
    • Bring your swim suit! Both events are held near the beach so try to come a day early or stay the weekend to enjoy the water, sand, and sunshine.
  • Last Year's DATUM Sessions:
    • How to Structure the Data Organization
      • Stacey Stewart, Worldwide Director, Enterprise Data, Johnson & Johnson
      • David Woods, Principal Partner, EIM Strategy, DATUM LLC


ASUG_Data_Governance_Community_Meetings_conference.pngASUG Data Governance Community Meetings

These small, interactive meetings are great for building professional relationships and sharing knowledge on SAP tools. Between the ASUG chapter meetings and Special Interest Groups (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
  • Size: Small venue - personal and interactive
  • Structure
    • One day events
    • Peer-to-peer learning and networking
  • Recommendations
    • Register with ASUG to begin attending events.
    • Don’t forget about our Annual DATUM User Group meeting! It is held right after the ASUG Data Governance SIG conference and gives you an opportunity to network with data leaders and ask questions.
  • Last Year's DATUM Sessions:
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