October 2018  

President's Report

President’s Report November 2018 Newsletter

Dear DAMA Members,

the DAMA NY program for 2018 is now complete. We have had a very successful program and look forward to an even better program in 2019. From time to time, we will be asking you to complete a survey to evaluate key events. The reason is so we can get your feedback to make the program even better. Please participate when asked to.

The Fall event went extremely well. We had over 101 people sign up for the event. Almost 60 members enjoyed themselves at our Free event. To keep our catering costs down, we would ask that you let us know if you are unable to attend the event after you are registered. 

Members who wish a copy of the presentation decks, so log in to the DAMA site. They are uploaded in the membership area.

By now you should have received a special email regarding the event of Data Fest sponsored by Denodo one of our Patrons. Its free of charge for DAMA NY members so please register November 1-2. Claudia Imhoff is one of the featured speakers.

The 2019 program starts off in January 17th with Peter Aiken talking about developing an Enterprise Data Strategy. We also have Anne Marie Smith confirmed for March 21st and Ron Forino (D&B) scheduled for April 11th. We also have the venues confirmed for DAMA Day June 20th. Lots to do next year so please make sure you stay on top of things by reading your newsletters.

We recently completed our Board of Directors voting for the DAMA NY 2019 Board. Results are posted below. We on the 2018 DAMA NY Board would like to thank our current Program Chair, April Reeve for three years of service in that role and the President. April will be staying on the Board in an Advisor capacity. Once again we thank April.

In closing, please plan on attending most if not all of our meetings in 2019 as we have gone over the top to provide the best in Data Emerging Topics and Speakers.

Thank you

Denis Kosar, President DAMA NY

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Upcoming Events

January 17, 2019

Peter Aiken: Your Data Strategy: It Should Be Concise, Actionable, and Understandable by Business and IT!
January 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 00000

$0.00 Member Ticket

$0.00 Non-Member Ticket

Your Data Strategy:  It Should Be Concise, Actionable, and Understandable by Business and IT!


Data is not just another resource. It is your most powerful, yet poorly managed and therefore underutilized organizational asset. Data are your sole non-depletable, non-degradable, durable strategic assets, and they are pervasively shared across every organizational area. Lack of talent, barriers in organizational thinking, and seven specific data sins exist as organizational prerequisites to be satisfied before (a measurable) 9 out of 10 organizations can begin to achieve the three primary goals of an organizational data strategy – these are to:

  • Improve your organization’s data.
  • Improve the way your people use data.
  • Improve the way your people use data to achieve your organizational strategy.


In this manner, your organizational data strategy can be used to best focus your data assets in precise support of your organization's strategic objectives. Once past the prerequisites, organizations must develop a disciplined, repeatable means of improving the data literacy, standards, and supply as business objectives in specific areas that become the foci of subsequent data governance efforts. This process (based on the theory of constraints) is where the strategic data work really occurs as organizations identify prioritized areas where better assets, literacy, and support (data strategy components) can help an organization better achieve specific strategic objectives. Then the process becomes lather, rinse, and repeat. Several complimentary concepts are covered including:

  • A cohesive argument for why data strategy is necessary for effective data governance

  • An overview of prerequisites for effective data strategy, as well as common pitfalls that can detract from its implementation, such as the “Seven Deadly Data Sins”

  • A repeatable process for identifying and removing data constraints

  • The importance of balancing business operation and innovation while doing so

Peter Aiken Bio
Peter Aiken is an acknowledged Data Management (DM) authority. As a practicing data consultant, professor, author and researcher, he has studied DM for more than 30 years.  International recognition has come from assisting more than 150 organizations in 30 countries including some of the world's most important.  He is a dynamic presence at events and author of 10 books and multiple publications, including his latest on Data Strategy.  Peter also hosts the longest running and most successful webinar series dedicated to DM (hosted by  In 1999, he founded Data Blueprint, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage and operational efficiencies.  He is also Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I) and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers. 

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Results of Elections for the DAMA NYC Board of Directors

DAMA New York City Chapter members elected the following fellow members to serve as Officers on the DAMA NYC Board, with terms commencing on January  2019 for a one year term. 

Changes from 2018 – Robert Abate is a new Board Member taking on the VP Program management from April Reeve.

Effective January 2019

      President - Denis Kosar

      Vice President, Member Services - Jim Keevins

      Vice President, Programs - Robert Abate

      Vice President, Financial Services (Treasurer) - Patricia Komar

      Vice President, Patron and Sponsorship - Denis Kosar

      Vice President, Administrative Services / Education - Patricia Dougherty

      Vice President, Marketing - Steve Goldberg

      Vice President, Internal Communications (Secretary) - John Baraldi

      Vice President, On-line Services (Webmaster) - Paresh Patel

      Vice President, Special Events - Beth Ouellette

There are other options to volunteer for the DAMA NYC chapter. If you are interested in helping with chapter activities please email if you would like to discuss.

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