Post Event Wrap-Up: Gartner Enterprise Information and Master Data Management Summit
My company ROKITT ASTRA and I have been engaged with Gartner for over 6 months. I’ve had several interesting and knowledgeable discussions with the EIM analysts, which lead to the decision to go to the EIM summit in Grapevine, Texas.
The facility where the conference was held was in a beautifully laid out property called the Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine. The resort was a perfect location for the event, away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the participants to truly immerse themselves in the knowledge gathering sessions.
The registration was smooth. I could not pre-register but the folks at the registration desk were very efficient in fixing that quickly, then I was ready to attend the sessions.
The keynote speech was setup in the biggest room. There were about 1200 participants. The keynote speech was given by senior Gartner analysts Debra Logan and Ted Friedman. The speech was opened by a beautiful poem by Jacquline Suskin. They talked about the growth of data. That it’ll be fast and exponential. The firms that will succeed will be the ones who have mastered how to leverage their own information assets and have found ways to trust external information. A key line from the keynote was “leave the data where it is”. Connect to the data as opposed to collecting it and always focus on the business outcomes.
After the keynote speech, there were 4 tracks running in parallel A, B, C and D. There was an additional track for CDOs only. In addition to this there were technology vendor presentations, workshops and round table discussions.
I attended the tracks focused on data governance and the role of CDOs. At the end of the sessions at 5:30pm the exhibition floor was open for the participants to look at the new technologies vendors had to offer and ask questions.
Day 2 was similar to Day 1. I attended the sessions on digital strategy and metadata management. After the sessions, I got a chance to introduce myself to the Gartner analysts that I have been speaking to on the phone and was happy to see the recognition. It was a great experience to meet them in person.
The last day, Day 3, was a short day till noon. I attending sessions on measuring information value and implementing data models.
Finally, it was time to leave and I said my goodbyes to the Gartner analysts I met while exiting and was happy that I attended this conference. I was leaving with a load of qualified, good information that I’ll be sharing with my colleagues.
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