The Data Governance Best Practice Award Recognizes the British Army

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DebTech International LLC, The Data Administration Newsletter ( and Wilshire Conferences Inc. have announced the winner of the First Annual Data Governance Best Practice Award. From among a pool of fourteen exceptionally accomplished nominees, the prestigious panel of eight judges chose The British Army as this year’s recipient. Additional finalists for the award were PepsiAmericas, ConAgra Foods, and SEI.

Chairman of the judging panel, Robert S. Seiner, Publisher of and President & Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services said, “The quality of the submissions for the 2010 Data Governance Best Practice Award and the judges participation were outstanding from beginning to end. The selection of the British Army as the 2010 Award Winner demonstrates that, no matter the business or organization type, the value gained from implementing a successful Data Governance Program is consistent from organization to organization.”

Brigadier Richard Nugee of the British Army was thrilled to receive the award.

"We are delighted to have been selected to win such a prestigious international award. To an organization that is strongly focussed on results, whether on the battlefield or in all aspects of data, this award is a substantial recognition of the efforts we have put in to make sure that data governance is recognised as an important part of the Army, and will definitely help us push the understanding of our work further throughout UK Defence."

The award was formally presented at the Annual Data Governance Conference on June 8, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

The winning submission can be viewed at

About the Data Governance Best Practice Award

The award is given to the practitioners within a customer organization (ie. corporation, government agency or non-profit, as opposed to a vendor) in recognition of the business value and technical excellence they have achieved in the design and implementation of an outstanding data governance program.

Each submission is judged on the following criteria:

1.Sponsorship, planning and framework
2.Business requirements and business participation
3.Data governance program structure
4.People-program team and the data governance roles
5.Measurements-program and success stories

Judges of the 2010 Award were:

•Robert S. Seiner, President, KIK Consulting & Education Services and Publisher.
(Chairman of the Judging Panel)
•Steven Adler, Director of Data Governance Solutions, IBM
•Elizabeth Davis, Head, Information Quality Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group
•Philip Howard, Research Director Data Management, Bloor Research
•John Ladley, President, IMCue Solutions
•David Plotkin, Manager of Data Quality, American Automobile Association
•Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D., Director of Enterprise Information Management, 21st Century Insurance
•Gwen Thomas, President, Data Governance Institute

Further information can be obtained from Davida Berger of DebTech International at
973-379-7212 or

About the Data Governance Conference

The Data Governance Conference was held June 7-10, 2010 in San Diego, CA. The conference focused on the “how tos” from getting started with data governance to sustaining and achieving data governance maturity. The conference featured pre and post conference tutorials by data governance experts, evening networking forums, industry special interest groups and more than 30 case studies. For additional information on this event and future Data Governance Conferences please visit


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