Len Silverston on “How to Effectively Deal with Politics In Data Management”

A key to any data management effort is knowing how to effectively work within the cultural and political environment to enable success. The most successful data integration and data management efforts usually share one thing in common: they have had or have developed an effective environment that provided fertile ground for data management.

Len Silverston will share principles and techniques to empower you within any cultural and political environment, thus providing a framework that is critical towards achieving data management goals. It will provide case histories of successful and unsuccessful efforts, illustrating why some data management programs succeed and others fail. The instructor will share data management principles and actions that can either help or hinder data management efforts. The instructor will also share various political insights, showing pitfalls of where data management efforts can and have gone off course.

This talk will offer:

  • An understanding of political and cultural factors for which successful data management teams need to be aware and prepared
  • Tools and principles to enable data management such as keys in developing trust, gaining funding, delivering value, facilitating common vision, managing conflict, developing effective governance procedures, building off of other’s work, and gaining buy in.
  • Real life stories of how culture and politics either killed or fostered effective data management programs.

Our Speaker

Len Silverston is an author, consultant, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of data management. He has devoted the last 20 years to helping organizations effectively manage, integrate and utilize information by developing quality data models, data warehouses and databases.

He is the author of “The Data Model Resource Book, Volumes 1 and 2” (Wiley, 2001) http://silverston.wiley.com, which was ranked #12 on the computer literacy best seller list and which describe over 230 reusable data models. Many of these universal data models are now licensed worldwide by Microsoft and included within SQL Server Enterprise Edition. The most recent Data Model Resource Book, Volume 2, describing universal data models for various industries is currently being translated into Chinese. Mr. Silverston has been an invited speaker at many international conferences and has contributed dozens of articles to various publications such as Data Management Review and The Data Warehouse Institute’s Journal of Data Warehousing. He is the winner of the 2004 DAMA International Professional Achievement Award. His company, Universal Data Models, provides consulting, training and software to jump-start data modelling efforts and facilitate integration.

11:30 – Reception (not 11:15 as originally advertised)
12:00 – Luncheon,

Organic Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Poached Sole in a Citrus White Wine Sauce served Seasonal Vegetables and a Butter Herb Rice Pilaf
[Vegetarian Option – Mediterranean Style Pasta Salad with Vegetables and a Tomato Herb Sauce Sherbet with Diced] Fruit garnished with Wafer.
Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea and Herbal Teas
– Presentation –
How to Effectively Deal with Politics In Data Management

2:00 Shutdown


Jun 08 2005


11:30 am - 2:00 pm


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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