Master Data Management within Saas Delivery and Cloud Based Solutions

Master data in contained environments is a challenge on many levels. With the introduction of Saas based solutions comes the task of managing master data distributed beyond the traditional firewall.

In this discussion we will look at techniques for measuring and managing master data successfully in these environments. Also we will look at how integrating cloud based master data management solutions can help stream line the internal operations of an operating environment.


Mark Cowan has initiated the data management discussion within many organizations spanning the capital markets, defense, government, insurance, retail and manufacturing. Mark is a recognized expert in system design, integration and business enablement.

Mark has held leading roles in SAP – web enablement and product development, Adobe – global product development, Realm – head of technology and product development, RBC Dexia Investor Services as well is an active member in the private equity and investment sector. He has lectured within several MBA programs and has contributed to the definition of several patents for data management.

Today Mark is the principal of First Spike – an end to end data management provider with a focus on Saas based data integration, master data management, governance and business intelligence.


MIKE2.0 ( is a global initiative bringing together the best thinking from information management professionals around the world. MIKE2.0 has the stated objective of assisting the information management profession by bringing together a body of knowledge and driving a standardised approach to allow professionals to more effectively work together.

After our coffee break, Neil Hepburn, the IRMAC Education Director will introduce us to this important initiative. Neil has over 16 years IT experience, holds a B.Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and is PMI certified and CDMP certified at the masterly level. Neil is also the GM of marketing for TUN3R – a critically acclaimed Internet Radio Aggregator.



Oct 20 2010


8:00 am - 11:30 am


The Rostie Group, WaterPark Place, 20 Bay Street, 12th Floor, Toronto.

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