Governance Challenges for Global Metadata in a federated organization – the Case of KPMG

The KPMG Knowledge Management and Data Management groups consider Metadata Governance as a crucial step for effectiveness and survival. These two groups have an on-going program for managing the day-to-day metadata across the globe. Be it for structured or unstructured data, the metadata has to be consistent, operational and minimal for all the aspects of managing content and data.

In this session, we will address the lessons learned, the critical challenges and how it is being accomplished successfully. Being a very large organization the approach needs to adequately address the diverse business and markets in which the firm operates.


Dr. Ron Klein plays a leading role in enabling organizations to leverage the value of information assets by providing governance, data quality and the facilities to determine what information are available, it’s meaning, where it is, how it got there and how to use the information asset. As Global Metadata Leader for KPMG he provides guidelines and standards for all participant firms, functions and markets. He consults, promotes and raises awareness regarding information sharing, reuse and information best practices. He is the 2007 Wilshire Metadata Best Practices Award Winner as lead Metadata practitioner at BMO Financial Group. Dr. Klein has been working with metadata since early Decision Support Systems and Data Warehouse projects. He is an excellent communicator and has taught data modeling and data management courses through Ryerson University and speaks regularly at international industry events, DAMA functions and Metadata Conferences. Ron was the 2011/2012 President at IRMAC-DAMA Toronto chapter and a MIT-Sloan School of Management fellow.


Dr Ron Klein, Governance Challenges for Global Metadata in a federated organization


Mar 20 2013


8:30 am - 11:30 pm


The Albany Club, 91 King Street East (King/Yonge subway ), Toronto

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