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Robert S. Seiner

Welcome to my (Web) log. I look forward to spending time with you here to initiate, precipitate and participate in interesting web conversation addressing data governance, data stewardship, meta-data and data management issues of the day. ;) Comments on my posts are always welcome. Thoughts for new topics? Let me know. Thanks. Bob

About the author >

Robert (Bob) S. Seiner is recognized as the publisher of The Data Administration Newsletter, LLC – www.TDAN.com – an award winning electronic publication that focuses on sharing information about data, information, content and knowledge management disciplines. With 2013, TDAN.com enters its 17th year.  Mr. Seiner speaks often at major data management and meta-data management, business intelligence and knowledge management related conferences and user group meetings across the U.S. He can be reached at the newsletter at rseiner@tdan.com or 412-220-9643.

Mr. Seiner is the President and Principal Consultant of KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC – www.KIKconsulting.com.  KIK, celebrating its 12th year, is a company that focuses on knowledge transfer and consultative mentoring in the fields of data governance and data stewardship implementations, metadata management, master data management and data architecture. Beyond knowledge-transfer-focused consulting, Mr. Seiner offers two-day in-house and public courses on how to build and implement data governance / stewardship programs and metadata programs. Contact Mr. Seiner at KIK at rseiner@kikconsulting.com.

Editor's Note: View his blog, more articles and resources in Bob's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel.

January 2014 Archives

Dear TDAN.com Readers,

The January 2014 issue of The Data Administration Newsletter was published to the internet on January 1st.  Happy New Year to all of the TDAN.com Readers and Subscribers. Thank you, as always, for being a reader.

The new issue contains:

Best of 2013 Articles from Robert S. Seiner (The Data Governance Bill of "Rights"), Walid el Abed (Master Data Management: Dream or Illusion?), Daragh O'Brien (The Value of Null: The Paradox of Metrics in Data Governance)and Craig S. Mullins (DBA Rules of Thumb).

New Feature Columns from Robert S. Seiner (Real-World Data Governance - January 2014), Craig S. Mullins (The Database Report - January 2014), Gil LaWare and Frank Kowalkowski (The Skeptical Architect - January 2014) and Joe Celko (SELECT * FROM Celko - January 2014).

Best of 2013 Special Features from Jelani Harper (Walk Softly: Why Non-Invasive Data Governance Wins), Robert S. Seiner with Pablo Riboldi (Interview with Pablo Riboldi, 2013 Data Governance Best Practice Award Winner LDS Church), Steve Hoberman (The Evolving Data Modeler Skillset), and Richard Hammell (IT Matters, Again,).

Links to news stories, blogs & articles from other publications continue to be updated weekly.

Stay Tuned for information about a new book from Robert S. Seiner from TDAN.com and KIK Consulting & Educational Services - Non-Invasive Data Governance™: The Path of Least Resistance and Greatest Success ... or something like that). Send me an email to rseiner@tdan.com for more information about the book and to offer me encouragement. :) Thanks.

Real-World Data Governance - Webinar Series

Brought to you by DATAVERSITY & Robert S. Seiner of KIK Consulting / TDAN.com

Monthly / Third Thursday / 2pm EST - click below to register


-- 01/16/14 - A Different Way of Defining Data Stewards & Stewardship



-- 02/20/14 - A Data Governance Framework for Success



-- 03/20/14 - Agile Data Governance: Truth Be Told



Call for Articles and Feature Columns

PLEASE send me articles you are interested in publishing on TDAN.com.

I am also looking to add Feature Columns that will run quarterly in the third month of each quarter.  Please send me an email with your ideas.


Data Governance Research Paper on Starting a Data Governance Program

The ASG-sponsored DATAVERSITY Data Governance Research Paper is now available.  The title of the paper from Robert S. Seiner and Charles Roe is "Navigating the Data Governance Landscape: Analysis of How to Start a Data Governance Program".  You can visit this link to get more information and download the paper.


Best of 2013 Articles for January 2014:

-- The Data Governance Bill of "Rights"


By Robert S. Seiner


-- Master Data Management: Dream or Illusion?


By Walid el Abed


-- The Value of Null: The Paradox of Metrics in Data Governance


By Daragh O'Brien


-- DBA Rules of Thumb


by Craig S. Mullins


New Feature Columns for January 2014:

-- Real-World Data Governance - January 2014


by Robert S. Seiner


-- The Database Report - January 2014


by Craig S. Mullins


-- SELECT * FROM Celko -  January  2014


by Joe Celko


-- The Skeptical Architect -  January  2014


by Gil LaWare and Frank Kowalkowski


Best of 2013 Special Features for January 2014:

-- Walk Softly: Why Non-Invasive Data Governance™ Wins


By Jelani Harper


-- Interview with the 2013 Data Governance Best Practice Award Winner


By Robert S. Seiner with Pablo Riboldi (LDS Church)


-- The Evolving Data Modeler Skillset


By Steve Hoberman


-- IT Matters. Again.


By Richard Hammell


Industry Events / TDAN.com Media Sponsorships:

Please visit the web sites for these events by clicking through their banners on the TDAN.com site.  TDAN.com promotes the industry leading events through the publishing of papers, banners, links and reviews of the best of the best industry events


The Data Warehousing Institute Winter Conference 2014


The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI)

February 23-28, 2014 - Las Vegas, Nevada


Annual AMIfs Profitability, Performance and Risk Conference *


Association for Management Information in Financial Services

March 19-21, 2014 - Las Vegas, Nevada


Enterprise Data World 2014 *


DATAVERSITY and DAMA International

April 27-May 1, 2014 - Austin, TX


Data Governance Conference Europe 2014 *



May 19-21, 2014 - London, UK


Data Governance - Information Quality Conference 2014



June 23-27, 2014 - San Diego, CA


* Robert S. Seiner, Publisher of TDAN.com, President of KIK Consulting & Data Governance Specialist, will be speaking at this event.


Thank you very much for your continued interest and support of The Data Administration Newsletter. The newsletter's success is closely tied to the submissions of excellent articles by industry specialists and practitioners like you. If you are interested in publishing an article, please let me know as soon as possible. The deadlines typically fall monthly before new content is added.  Do you have an article in you? I hope to hear from you.

Please let me know your thoughts on the new format for the emails.

The use of this new subscription and email process is a work-in-progress. Comments on the new issue of TDAN.com and this new process are always welcome.


Have a great month.

Robert S. Seiner


President & Principal

KIK Consulting & Educational Services, LLC




The Data Administration Newsletter, LLC



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