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October 19, 2011

Another Year in Las Vegas for IOD

Another Year in Las Vegas for IOD


As I sit here getting ready to spend another year at IBM IOD in Las Vegas, I am reflecting a bit on the past year and how far we have come.  A year ago, we had just introduced our plans to move forward with the marketing push around Information Governance and today I look at the fact that we have run nearly 100 events around the world promoting it. That doesn’t include all of the customer engagements and 3rd party events either.  

Sunil Soares has released his second book titled:  “Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function” and it is available at  This book is a great compilation of case studies and experiences by industry in Sunil’s past few years along with several of his colleagues and provides the right amount of guidance needed to help driving Information Governance to the next level.

The Information Governance Community which Steve Adler started more than 6 years ago and has gone social and viral now tops 1850 members and is growing daily.  Steve will host a council meeting at IOD this year on Sunday and is expecting 100 of the members to be there in person.  

There will be a track focused on Information Governance as well.  It is filled with real companies talking about how they have rolled out Information Governance programs within their organizations and what it took to be successful.  Both Steve and Sunil will be speaking as well, talking about what they are seeing around the world and how organizations are progressing down this journey.  I too will be presenting several times throughout the week as I partner with St. Jude Medical on a presentation and Jim Lee, the Director for IBM InfoSphere Optim and IBM InfoSphere Guardium strategy and product line management to discuss how far we have come and where we are going.  I also look forward to my many customer and analyst meetings throughout the week along with one of my favorite parts:  Having my team all in one place to meet and spend time together.  Check out the IOD Roadmaps and specifically the Information Governance, Data Lifecycle, Security and Privacy sessions at  

So, looking back at the last year, it has been pretty remarkable.  Information Governance has become mainstream, analysts and customers have recognized it as such and IBM continues to lead the way.  Now we need to keep the momentum going, helping clients be successful in implementing Information Governance programs, helping them to better comply, secure, increase revenue and reduce costs by knowing more about their information and trusting it as they go forward.  Moving governance to new areas like Big Data and going from big companies to those that aren’t so big, but rely on information just as much to ensure success.



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