Proposal deadline: October 1, 2012

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to October 5, 2012 due to many requests

1. Read the Submission Guide:
"What you will be asked to provide in the submission process"

2. Review the following details...

Critical dates Presentation guidelines Conditions, requirements & benefits Possible topic areas How to improve your chances
Then... 3.Submit your proposal here

Presentation submissions are still being accepted for the Enterprise Data World Conference scheduled for April 28- May 2, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel. This conference is recognized as the most comprehensive vendor-neutral data management educational conference in the world.

Presentations are invited across the entire range of data management fields of interest. As a guide, key educational themes and topics for 2013 are listed below. We also suggest you review "how to improve your chances" before submitting.

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What You Will Be Asked To Provide...

NOTE BEFORE YOU BEGIN: We recommend you copy your bio/abstract from a text editor (ex. Notepad, Wordpad) instead of directly from Word.  The CFP form works best with plain text.

    • Speaker Presentation Conditions, Requirements and Benefits

    • You will be asked to agree to the "Copyright and Reproduction Terms" and to provide an unprotected PowerPoint file to us by April 1, 2013 (we request an unprotected file so we can produce the presentation in various formats for publication. However only copy-protected PDFs are ultimately distributed to conference attendees).

    • Speaker Information

    • Contact information for the speaker
    • Is there a second contact? If so, what is that person's role?
    • You will also have the option of uploading a speaker portrait photograph
      (90 dpi or greater JPG file format preferred)
    • Speaker Biography (up to 150 words. This will be published online unedited, so please do not include a resume)

    • Session Information

    • Type of presentation proposed
      • Conference Session - (50 minutes)
      • Special Interest Group Discussion - (50 minute facilitated discussion on the given topic. This can also be a User Group or COP)
      • Workshop - (3 hour duration)
      • Lightning Talk (5 minutes - requires the speaker to register for the conference at regular fees, iunless they are already registered in another capacity)
    • Session title (try to be clear and descriptive - don't try to be "too" clever)
    • Brief description (under 30 words)
    • Full description/abstract (150 word description and 4-5 bullet points)
    • Additional information about presentation (anything else you think is pertinent, including books, articles, publications, etc.)
    • Speaker biography (150 word limit. This will be published unedited online. Do not include a resume)
    • Speaker portrait image
    • Audio Visual requirements (note that one wireless lavaliere microphone, data projector and screen will be provided as standard equipment)
    • Do you have the necessary financial and travel approvals from your company in order to attend and speak at the conference?
    • Have you given this presentation before? If yes, please explain when and where.
    • Audience Level
      • Introductory
      • Intermediate
      • Advanced
      • Business/All Audiences
    • Identify the track(s) your session would best fit into (no more than TWO)
    • Identify the target audience

    • Other Notes

    • After you have successfully submitted your proposal, you will receive an automatically generated email confirmation

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Critical Dates

October 5, 2012

Deadline for presentation proposals to be submitted
November 1, 2012 Target date to notify speakers of acceptance to program
April 1, 2013 Deadline for final speaker Presentations to be received by DATAVERSITY (in PowerPoint file format)

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Presentation Guidelines

1. Presentations may be proposed in the following categories:

  • Conference Sessions (50 min duration)

  • Discussion (a facilitated discussion of 50 min duration, can be a COP, User group, or any topic)

  • Workshops (3 hours - see terms below)

  • Lightning Talk (5 minutes - requires regular conference registration)

2. Please take note of all the requirements and follow the presentation guidelines carefully. There is a great deal of competition for speaking opportunities at this conference and based on historical trends, we will be able to accept fewer than one in every 6 presentation proposals. Therefore, incomplete or poorly constructed proposals tend to be quickly eliminated from consideration. If you are unsure of your proposal, you may email us with questions so we can guide you before you make an official submission. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot tell you if your proposal will be accepted or not. This would not be fair to the hundreds of other potential speakers who have also submitted proposals.

3. Presentations from corporate practitioners that reflect real-world experience and hands-on implementation will receive priority consideration.

4. Vendor organizations may submit proposals for any presentation category, but please understand that vendor presentations are viewed very cautiously in light of past experience with sales pitches and commercialism. Therefore, very few speaking slots are ultimately offered to vendor organizations. Vendors interested in promoting their products may purchase exhibit space, product presentation times, or other sponsorships. Please contact Warwick Davies at +1-781-354-0119 or warwick (at)

5. Commercial/sales presentations and/or demonstrations during conference sessions are not appropriate (Please note point # 3 in Presentation Conditions below).

6. Discussions are 50 minutes long. The typical format is a facilitated session, comprising a 5-10 minute overview talk by the leader, followed by audience discussion.

7. For further guidelines, see "How to Improve the Chances of Your Proposal Being Selected"

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Speaker Presentation Conditions, Requirements & Benefits

1. All speakers must agree to provide their presentation to DATAVERSITY in a standard electronic form (PowerPoint is required), no later than April 1, 2013. This is necessary to prepare the event CD and documentation. Presentations will be distributed via a secure .PDF or a hard copy onsite. Speakers who are delinquent in meeting this deadline risk being replaced on the program, and may not be selected for future programs.

2. By submitting a proposal, the speaker agrees to the standard copyright and reproduction terms of this event. These terms provide that copyright in original presentation material remains with the speaker, however DATAVERSITY is granted the right to record, reproduce and distribute each presentation in all forms of printed and electronic conference materials, including, but not limited to, the conference CD-ROM, printed attendee notes, the conference website, and audio and/or video recordings (digital and/or analog), without royalties or fees payable to speaker. 

3. All sessions will be rated by the audience for commercial content. Any speaker who is judged by the audience to have made an inappropriate sales pitch for his/her own company, book, product or service during a conference session risks having their presentation interrupted and/or halted, and will not be invited to participate at future conferences.

4. By submitting a proposal, speaker agrees that he/she has permission from his/her company to make the presentation under the terms outlined in this Call for Presentations. If you do not have approval at the time you make the proposal, you must indicate this clearly.

5. One speaker per accepted session receives complimentary attendance to the entire conference. Additional speakers will be asked to pay a discounted fee sufficient to cover the costs of their attendance.

6. All Conference Session, Panel and Discussion speakers are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.

7. Workshop  speakers receive a fee ($500 for half-day workshop speakers, plus a $250 bonus for submitting final presentations by the deadline) plus an expense reimbursement in accordance with the standard conference policies (which may be viewed here - in a new browser window). An expense budget will be established and confirmed with the speaker prior to final acceptance.

8.  Click here for Keynote and Workshop speaker travel and living expense policy.

All questions regarding the Call for Presentations may be sent to us at events (at)

Thank you!

Tony Shaw
CEO and Founder 
Cathy Nolan
VP Conference Services
DAMA International

Conference Sponsorship, Exhibit and Demonstration Opportunities
are available.

Please contact Warwick Davies at +1-781-354-0119 or email at

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Possible Topic Areas

  • Data management best practices - Case studies and successes
  • Data-driven business strategies
  • Enterprise information management (EIM)
  • Data Governance
  • Big Data
  • Non-Relational Databases, NoSQL, Hadoop, etc.
  • Measuring the business and financial value of data assets
  • Future trends and new technologies in data management
  • Marketing and selling DM internally
  • Data modeling
  • Data integration
  • Managing data projects
  • Agile and lean data management
  • Data and information architectures
  • Business intelligence and analytics
  • Data warehousing
  • Information quality
  • Data in the Cloud
  • Metadata management 
  • Master data management (MDM)
  • Unstructured data
  • Semantic technologies
  • Search
  • Data visualization

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How to Improve the Chances of Your Proposal Being Accepted

There is no "formula" to being accepted, and there is no way to guarantee that your proposal will be selected by the conference committee. However, there are a few ways that you can improve your chances and avoid being eliminated in the early part of the evaluation process.


- Write a concise, clear abstract that effectively outlines what attendees will learn from your presentation. Use spell check! You'd be surprised how many proposals we receive where it's incredibly difficult to understand what's being proposed.

- Submit an abstract that is targeted to, and meets the needs of, a specific audience. This can be a Business audience, a Senior Management Audience, a Modeler/Analyst Audience, or an Enterprise Architect Audience. We need sessions for each of these groups.

- Offer your case study, from personal experience.

- Give us something exciting with which to evaluate you. eg. "voted 'most amusing' speaker at the DB2 conference", or "I have just completed a major project dealing with these issues and I'm excited to share the difficult lessons with my peers."

- Be specific about what you'll be presenting, and why it will be useful to the audience. i.e. "I'll show you exactly how we reduced the time to create the models by 25%, and reduced the cost of re-work by another 50% because of the improved quality of the deliverables." That's much better than "Discussion of efficiencies, quality improvement and cost reductions."

- Devote the majority of your proposed abstract to solutions, not just overviews of problems that are common.

- If you're from a vendor company, you have a better chance of being selected if you propose talking about the "leading edge" of the technology area in which you operate, rather than the basics.

- If you're from a PR firm, speaker placement agency, or internal marketing department, make sure your speaker is willing and available to participate before you make the submission.

- Be willing to speak on a panel.  It's not as much podium time, but the panels are very well attended.  And given the competition for speaking slots proposing a panel  will definitely increase your chances of being accepted.

- Accept all the speaker terms.  If there's anything you're not sure about, contact us to discuss it.

- You may email us at events (at) to ask questions.  We're happy to help.

- Finally, you must use the web-based form to make your final submission.  That way your proposal will go directly into our database, where we can track it, distribute it to the committee and ensure proper follow-up. 


- Don't propose "obvious" topics. The attendees of Enterprise Data World are a reasonably sophisticated audience, and they already understand "Why Data Management is Important" and "Why Quality Matters" (for which we receive over a dozen proposals every year). Though we need some presentations that cover fundamentals, they have to be about new subject areas, and must be pitched at a level that's useful to an audience of data management professionals..

- Don't make the same proposal you've submitted for the past 3 years. Please offer something new. There's probably a good reason we didn't accept it the first 3 times.

- If you were accepted and presented at a previous year’s event, don’t submit the same proposal this year. We do not repeat the same conference sessions in subsequent years. If the proposal is similar, indicate the differences from the previous year.

- If you're from a vendor company, don't talk about your products, unless we specifically ask you to do so. Just don't do it. If you're deemed to have made an "unacceptably commercial presentation" then you won't be invited back to speak.

- Don't take the shotgun approach (ie. making a dozen different proposals and hoping that one gets accepted). Much better to contact us beforehand, get some advice as to what we're looking for, and refine the list down to the 2-3 good topics that are most likely to get you selected.

- Don't assume that extensive audiovisual or technical requests can be easily provided at no cost to you. For example, a high-speed Internet connection can cost as much as $2500 a day in some venues, so don't assume we will be able to provide the connection for you. If you need a more elaborate or expensive AV set-up then contact us to discuss it first.


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