Looking Forward: Challenges and Opportunities for Data in the Year Ahead
  John Ladley   John Ladley
Sonrai Solutions
  Asha Saxena   Asha Saxena
  Danette McGilvray   Danette McGilvray
President and Principal
Granite Falls
  Anthony Algmin   Anthony J. Algmin
Principal and Founder
Algmin Data Leadership


Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM

Level:  Business / Non-Technical

We'll wrap up the main conference program with a discussion of the key issues that have emerged over the past few days, and a look ahead to the most important opportunities and challenges for data management in the next 12 months. Though the conversation will be driven in large part by conference topics and audience questions, some of the issues we are likely to address are:

  • Trends in data strategy and management
  • The evolution of data governance and where it is going next
  • The imperative of Executive Data Literacy
  • What does "leadership" mean in a data context?


John is a recognized and proven thought leader and practitioner in the fields of data governance and management. John is widely published and his books, "Making EIM Work for Business: A Guide to Understanding Information as an Asset" and "Data Governance: How to Design, Deploy, and Sustain a Data Governance Program," are recognized as the authoritative sources in these disciplines. John has 35 years’ experience in helping organizations achieve successful implementation of information systems. He has delivered actionable and value-added solutions in government, financial services, healthcare, retail, and insurance industries. 

Asha Saxena is a strategic, innovative leader with a proven track record of building successful businesses for the last 25 years. With a strong academic background, creative problem-solving skills, and an effective management style, Saxena has been instrumental in building business models for success. Asha Saxena is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, where she teaches graduate classes on Healthcare Consulting, Entrepreneurship, and Big Data Analytics. She has served a four-year term as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia Business School. Asha Saxena is on the Board of Directors for several for-profit companies, and she serves as CEO of Aculyst, a health care data analytics firm. She also built an e-commerce company and served as a CEO of Future Technologies Inc., an international data management solutions firm, for 20 years.

Danette McGilvray is president and principal of Granite Falls Consulting, a firm that helps organizations increase their success by addressing the information quality and data governance aspects of their business efforts. Focusing on bottom-line results, Granite Falls excels in helping clients connect their business strategy to practical steps for implementation. Data quality and governance are always tied to an organization's goals, issues, and opportunities, with communication and the human aspect of work also being emphasized. An internationally respected expert, Danette is the author of "Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information"™ (Morgan Kaufmann, 2008). Her Ten Steps™ approach has been embraced as a proven method for managing data quality in any organization. A popular speaker, she has taught her courses in several countries. Her book has been translated into Chinese and is being used as a textbook in university graduate programs. Contact her at danette@gfalls.com. 

Anthony J. Algmin helps companies improve their competitiveness in a digital world. He has many years of management consulting and executive experience, including serving as the first Chief Data Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority. Anthony spent his early career in the financial industry as a data architect and systems developer. His studies include a B.A. in Business from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Anthony is the creator of the Data Leadership Framework, helping organizations realize data value by balancing efforts across the many areas of data management. Alongside his passion for leading data-driven change, Anthony is a popular speaker and trainer. His first book on Data Leadership will be published in 2019.