Data Governance as the culmination of the digital transformation journey

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The argument of the Data Management Summit roundtable will focus the attention of attendees to the vision of vendors and experts on Data Governance. The Data Management Summit 2019 will be held on September 17th at the University of Pavia (Italy) and on October 16th at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).

We are not in the «digital transformation» we have to speak rather of «habit of digital evolution». Because it is a continuous process, not something punctual. A process that needs Data Governance in the same way that it needs other aspects related to data (Data Quality, Data Analyzing, Data Virtualization, etc.). On second thought, we are in the era of Metadata. If it is true that Business Intelligence has crystallized the strategy (going from «what» to do to «how» to do it), Data Virtualization has made it possible to free data from physical links; Data Governance is going to focus its efforts on metadata. It no longer matters how much data we can treat or how we treat it. We need to know what this data says and who decides to say something.

This is the focus of the roundtable that will be facilitated in Italy by Gigi Beltrame, Technologist, and author of the book Digilosofia and in Spain by Carlos Bachmaier DPO and Ciso de Las Loteria del Estado Español and member of ISACA.

What do the experts think?

According to Gigi Beltrame:Let us start with the term «digital», which is one of the most abused, exploited and misunderstood of the last period. Digital means that a given operation is performed through tools that reason only in terms of 0 and 1, the digital alphabet. Digital technology alone does not change the procedures and the way something is done, but it has an incredible advantage over analog technology. In fact, it is perfectly replicable and easy to find. Digital technology has existed for many years. What we are experiencing is a different phase, so much so that we have added the word transformation. The information has always been the basis of business, from how many eggs have been exchanged to get a skin that covers from cold onwards, we have always tried to measure everything. Now we are living a new phase: the software not only predicts but with artificial intelligence prescribes what to do and often does it autonomously.

According to Gartner, «Data demands are constantly increasing within organizations. These range from demands for easier and more flexible data access, through greater data governance, to the hope of being able to quantify the value of data and sell it. These diverse data expectations in an increasingly complex and distributed data landscape are shifting organizations’ focus from data management to metadata management, hoping that if data is unmanageable, metadata will be easier to master.

«One thing is certain. Having a Governance tool is not an option, it is a natural evolution in a scenario of multiple data sources and virtualization itself has encouraged» states Michele Iurillo, Founder of the Data Management Summit, «Data Governance prepares us in the process of digital transformation. Since data is no longer locked in proprietary systems, nor in a single data source or data warehouse, the complexity of organizations multiplies the amount of information and especially now the data is the business”.

«We live in a world where data plays a central role, and more and more will play a central role. On the one hand, IoT systems will produce more and more of them and, on the other hand, they will be fundamental to «train» artificial intelligence. The real problem is that too often organizations, however large and complex they may be, have no idea how to use them and take refuge in the comfortable thought that technology (such as Big Data, Ai, etc.) will solve the problem of what to do with all this data. It’s a shame that this isn’t the case, and this is demonstrated by a large number of data management projects that fail miserably,» says Stefano Epifani, president of the Institute for Digital Transformation, director of Technological Economy and professor of Internet and Social Media Studies at La Sapienza University in Rome. – The impact of data on digital transformation processes is very high today. It is the data that allows us to move from the dimension and the «how» to do things to the dimension of «what» makes sense to do, which is the true turning point of the Digital Transformation. The fact,» continues Epifani, «is that today the focus is on data, but we will have to change them for algorithms, otherwise, we will drown in unprecedented chaos of information. The real challenge, in a context where data becomes merchandise, is how to manage it. That’s why talking about data management today is fundamental, because it means talking about business strategy and management.”

The DMS is a unique event to guide the data management community into the technology landscape, talking more about solutions than platforms. It wants to be an open discussion forum to share experiences and use cases. A fundamental summit for CIO, CTO, CDO, System Directors, Data Scientists who implement emerging technologies to solve new technological challenges and align with new business opportunities.

New technological challenges, from self-service to automatic learning and artificial intelligence, will dominate the future of data. The day will immerse attendees in the latest advances in data and analysis, focusing on emerging technologies that will offer the greatest opportunities for impact within your organization.


The Formula

The event is free but has limited places and each application will be evaluated by the admission committee formed by the organizers, using Linkedin’s profile. The program of the day includes different technical interventions on Data Management, Data Governance, Security, Analysis, Machine Learning and Cloud among others.

The program also foresees a group dynamics among attendees, speakers, lecturers, teachers and students and a round table with the participation of vendors and the most important players of the Data Management market. 


Why DMS?

Data management professionals participate in a wide range of activities designed to ensure a company benefits from its investment in data, including enterprise architecture, data modeling, data definition, data quality, data management, and metadata management. 

The event wants to be a bridge to the academic world and new generations who want to bring experience and learn from what is actually done in companies in the field of data.


Only CIO, CDO, CTO, Systems Director, BI Manager, IT Consultant, IT Department profiles will be accepted. It is mandatory to insert the LinkedIn profile in the form. Completion of the form will not be considered an admission. Admissions will be confirmed by email. The web address for attendees is: