Who Are We?

The DGPOSM is a non-profit, vendor neutral, association of business, IT and data professionals dedicated to advancing the discipline of data governance.

What is Our Objective?

The objective of the DGPOSM is to provide a forum that fosters discussion and networking for members and to encourage, develop and advance the skills of members working in the data governance discipline.

What is Data Governance?

"A discipline that provides clear-cut policies; procedures; standards; roles; responsibilities; and accountabilities to ensure that data is well-managed as an enterprise resource."

Go to Members Only section to access DGPO's Data Governance Glossary

 Winner of the DGPO Data Governance Best Practice Award Announced

Submissions can be found in the members only section. 

Upcoming DGPO Events


Best Practice Award Webinar Series

July 12th  -  2 pm EDT

DGPO Data Governance Best Practice Award Finalist
Best Practices for Defining the Value of Data Governance
Michael Nicosia
Vice President, F&A Strategy and Data Governance

“It” can be relative to something else; “It” can be what is perceived; “It” can be what you state it as; “It” can vary by person, by group, by area, etc. – so, what is “it”?

The “It” in this case refers to value; more specifically the benefits that governance can bring to an organization. Even if you are a seasoned governance practitioner or someone just starting the journey, the question you wrestle with most often is “how do I measure the value of governance?” The answer to this question, unfortunately, is not so simple. The value of governance – a.k.a benefits – is often hard to define and even harder (at times) to measure in a way that is meaningful to a broad group of stakeholders – but not impossible!

This session will provide insight into:

   · Why having a business owned, operated governance function is the first step in defining business-centric value

   · How to develop measurable goals and aligning the right strategies for success

   · How you can align governance stakeholders on a common set of goals to achieve positive outcomes

   · How to build a framework for developing a balanced approach to measuring the value of your data governance effort

August 2nd  -  2 pm EDT

DGPO Data Governance Best Practice Award Submission
Governing Government Data: What Makes it Different?
Kristi Lahti-Johnson
Hennepin County
Data Governance Officer and Responsible Authority

Data governance is the universal approach to managing and securing data in organizations. However, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Local public sector agencies are regulated by federal rules, state laws and industry regulations. In addition, these agencies are multifaceted: collecting data on roads and bridges, law enforcement and corrections, energy and environment, licensing and properties, social and protection services, and libraries. These factors create distinct challenges to implementing a data governance program.

In this webinar, Kristi Lahti-Johnson, Data Governance Officer and Responsible Authority for Hennepin County, MN, will share how the Hennepin County Data Governance Team navigates the unique challenges local governments face in respect to protecting data privacy, ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations, and building a culture in which staff know how to manage data responsibly.

Focus of webinar:

  • Policies and procedures – balancing the individual privacy rights of our residents, the public’s right to know about their government, and the government’s need for and use of the data to do its work
  • Large and complex agency – implementing a data governance program across 30 diverse departments that don’t always speak the same language
  • Change management challenges – team of six staff works to engage and educate over 7,000 employees
  • Resource constraints – program budgets, staffing, data management knowledge

September 6, 2017  -  2 pm EDT
Data Governance Best Practices Award Submission, JLL
Best Practices in Data Standards
Ho-Chun Ho, Global Head, Data Governance and Management, JLL & Kathy Patterson, Head of Data, Corporate Solutions, Americas Region, JLL

October 4, 2017  -  2 pm EST
Data Governance Best Practices Award Submission, AbbVie
An Opportunity Not to be Missed – AbbVie’s Data Governance Journey
Kevin Leman, Director Master Data

November 1, 2017  -  2 pm EST
Data Governance Best Practices Award Winner, The Vanguard Group, Inc.

*Note: Registration for live webinars is open to the public. Recorded webinars are exclusively available in the Members Only content area of the DGPO website.


Upcoming Conferences


Event: Data Governance Financial Services Conference
Date: Oct. 5 - 6, 2017
Where: Jersey City, NJ
Discount Code: $150 discount when attending both days  OR  $100 when attending one day (Members Only Section)

The ONLY Conference Dedicated ENTIRELY to Data Governance and Financial Services
Conference topics include how to be successful with Data Governance and Data Stewardship in Financial Services, How to develop an award winning Data Governance program, Data Governance Artifacts for Financial Services, Best Practices for DFAST and CCAR Compliance, Data Governance and Data Quality Metrics, Governing the Data Lake in the Financial Sector, How to Comply with BCBS239 and GDPR
Register: http://www.dgfinancialconference.com

Event: Data Architecture Summit
Date: Nov. 13 - 16, 2017
Where: Chicago, IL
Discount Code: $200 discount (Members Only Section)
Join us for the first-annual Data Architecture Summit.. Many industry professionals will come together to discuss important issues and technologies enabling the design and management of a modern Data Architecture. You’ll leave the conference with a comprehensive understanding of your technology and design options and real-world advice on planning a smooth migration.
Register: http://www.dataarchitecturesummit.com

DGPO Working Groups

Data Governance Best Practices (DGBP) from the DGPO Best Practices Working Group

Visit the DGPO Members Only page to access our very first publication of the DGPO Data Governance Best Practices.  We have grouped the Best Practices into Categories (Getting Started, Organization, Processes, Metrics and Communications), with coverage in over 50 different topic areas.  Please be advised that we are continuing to iterate and refine these Best Practices over time.



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