Growing Yourself as a Data Management Professional: Challenges we Face Today

Growing Yourself as a Data Management Professional: Challenges we Face Today

Sue Geuens, President of DAMA International

You don’t hear kids saying when I grow up I want to be a Data Management Professional. The job doesn’t rank nearly as exciting or exotic as Fireman or Policeman. Even when we are grown up, we generally don’t go into our first job thinking that we are a Data Management Professional. The work of “doing data” kind of creeps up on us, unnoticed and unseen until one morning you wake up and realize you are a data person. So now what? There was no degree at university; you can’t find a college to give you a diploma; yet your boss still wants you to excel at this data stuff. From a wealth of experience and having this actually happen in “real life”, Sue brings a practical and slightly irreverent slant to facing the challenge of becoming that Data Management Professional you have always wanted to be but didn’t know. Come and hear how DAMA can help you get there.

About the Speaker

Sue is a Senior Data Management Specialist who has been customer facing for the past 18 years. During this time she has focused specifically in the financial (banking, insurance, pensions) and telecommunications sectors, gaining immense knowledge and expertise in both. Each year she attends a number of Data Management conferences giving presentations both locally and overseas. Her initial step into the world of data came about in the form of designing and implementing the first registration system for the NHBRC. Since then she has moved on to various businesses and enterprising, always working toward Data Quality and Integrity, which is her passion. Sue was elected President of DAMA SA during January 2009 and was the driving force behind the Inaugural Meeting which was held on 18th February 2009 at Vodaworld in Midrand. Just completed implementing Data Governance at a large SA Telco, Sue has moved her focus to responding to the many challenges facing SA companies with their data. Sue has just been voted in as the DAMA I President for the 2014 / 2015 term.