Data-Ed Webinar: Data Stewards – Defining and Assigning

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About the Webinar

Data stewards are a relatively new role. It is likely they also possess the best window into the business. What most data stewards are not provided in advance is a roadmap to eliminating data debt as a prerequisite to smoothly functioning data governance.  Well-thought-out plans crash and burn on the rocks of reality – the existing data environment! Several issues are illustrative of these types of challenges:

  • Full-time versus part-time support/resourcing
  • Generally low data literacy everywhere
  • The confounding complexity of data debit
  • The specific role of data ownership

Data stewards are the implementation arm of data governance. They are also the first line of defense against bad data practices.  Whether it’s data profiling or in-depth root cause analysis, data stewards ensure the organization’s shared data is reliably interconnected. Whether starting or restarting your data stewardship program, success comes from:

  • Understanding the cadence/role of foundational data practices supporting organizational operations
  • Proving value with tangible ROI
  • Improving effectiveness/efficiencies using organization-wide insight
  • Comprehending how stewards need to be multifunctional and dexterous, especially at first
  • Integrating the role of data debt fighting

About the Speaker

Peter Aiken, PhD

Professor of Information Systems, VCU and Founder, Anything Awesome

Peter Aiken, an acknowledged Data Management (DM) authority, is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, past President of DAMA International, and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers. For more than 35 years, Peter has learned from working with hundreds of Data Management practices in 30 countries. Among his 10 books are the first on CDOs (the case for data leadership), the first describing the use of monetization data for profit/good, and the first on modern strategic data thinking. International recognition has resulted in an intensive schedule of events worldwide. Peter also hosts the longest-running DM webinar series (hosted by From 1999 (before Google, before data was big, and before Data Science), he founded Data Blueprint, a consulting firm that helped more than 150 organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage, and operational efficiencies. His latest venture is Anything Awesome.

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