Data Migration Pro Expert Panel
Our expert panel features some of the leading specialists in the fields of data migration, data integration, data quality and other associated disciplines.
All our panel members have extensive experience of solving the many challenges that data migration projects present.
Andrew Brooks, CapGemini
Andrew is a seasoned Business Information & Data 'change agent' - influencing and delivering fundamental changes in the way in which organisations understand, govern and exploit their information and data assets.
Andrew's innate ability to 'grasp the thorns' of complex, wide-ranging, and often ambiguous business process, technology, people and information/data issues has developed his reputation as a highly effective Information Management trouble-shooter at organisations including T-Mobile, Vodafone, Mannesman, AT&T, Tesco, Abbey National Bank, Ofcom and Toyota.
Andrew Brooks can be contacted at his blog:
Chris Day, Pinky
Chris is a seasoned data warehouse professional with a wealth of experience in both public and private sector companies where he has consistently added value and delivered successful business intelligence solutions on time and on budget.
A proven expert in numerous business intelligence disciplines and a specialist focus on all facets of the Ab Initio product set.
Chris thrives on technical challenges and consistently providing high quality business intelligence solutions.
Chris works extensively in the data warehousing field and has successfully negotiated several assignments in the complex high-end sector of the industry dealing with massive data volumes and near real time warehouses.
Chris is typically assigned as a key project actor involved throughout the project lifecycle whose drive, determination, and skill have time and again proven to transform projects into successes.
Chris has been using Ab Initio extensively since 1999, integrating a variety of systems in heterogeneous environments. He is well know in the Ab Initio community and used continuously as an advisor to many of the top clients.
Chris is based in the UK and is the CTO of Pinky.
Andy Hayler, Information Difference
Andy is an established software industry authority, and has advised corporations, venture capital firms and software companies.
He is the founder of Kalido, which under his leadership was the fastest growing business intelligence vendor in the world in 2001. Kalido was recognised as an innovator in data warehousing, and then launched arguably the first true master data management product, a market which at the time did not exist but is now a well recognised and fast growing industry. Andy was the only European named in Red Herring’s “Top 10 Innovators of 2002”. He was a pioneer in blogging with his award winning “Andy On Enterprise Software” blog.
Andy started his career with Esso, working in a number of technology roles before moving to Shell. He was Technology Planning Manager of Shell UK, then Principal Technology Consultant for Shell International. He later established a global information management consultancy, which under his leadership grew to 300 staff.
Andy is the President and CEO of Information Difference.
Ian Henry, IBM Global Business Services
Ian has a successful track record in designing and delivering data migration solutions for the financial services industry - typically on fixed fee or risk/reward basis for bluechip FTSE 100 companies.
He has a breadth and depth of understanding of the technical and business issues involved in successful data migration from a diverse background which includes programming, design, programme management and is currently working directly within business operations for the UK largest insurer as Head of Performance and Process.
Paul Johnson, Insurance Data Migrations
As managing director of his own company and founder of www.insurancedatamigrations.co.uk Paul Johnson has over 20 years of experience in carrying out well over a hundred data migrations in the insurance and finance sectors.
His past and present customers include blue chip insurance companies, software houses and brokers. He has experience at every stage of the data migration process, from the initial proposal and project planning, through data analysis and mapping to development and testing, leading to successful implementation and finally post migration support.
Paul’s knowledge of the insurance industry is second to none and his success his founded upon building long term relationships, being flexible and providing cost effective solutions to meet the customers requirements.
Dylan Jones, DataMigrationPro.com & DataQualityPro.com
Dylan is the founder of Data Migration Pro and Data Quality Pro, the free global professional communities.
An information management specialist, he has over 15 years experience delivering and contributing to large-scale data integration, data migration and data quality projects.
He is passionate about innovation, collaboration, and helping professionals get to the next level in their career or business, key drivers for launching Data Migration Pro and Data Quality Pro.
Past and present clients span a variety of sectors such as: BT, Vodafone, Goldman Sachs, GB Airways, Reuters and Scottish Power.
Through the professional communities so far launched he is committed to delivering a global hub where professionals can learn, share and connect to take the industry forward.
Arkady Maydanchik, Data Quality Group
Arkady Maydanchik is a recognized practitioner, author, and educator in the field of data quality, data migration and information integration. Arkady's methodology and breakthrough ARKISTRA technology, have been used to provide data quality services to numerous organizations.
He is a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminar and a contributor to many journals and on-line publications and he is also the author of the "Data Quality Assessment" book.
His organisation, Data Quality Group, provides a range of training and education courses to help organisations and individuals master data quality for data migration and integration initiatives.
Olga Maydanchik, Data Quality Group
Olga is an experienced consultant and practitioner in the field of data quality. Olga has been involved with more than 20 large-scale data conversion, consolidation, and cleansing projects.
Her clients include such household names as Kimberly-Clark, Sprint, and Verizon. Prior to starting Data Quality Group , Olga was a senior partner at Arkidata Corp. She holds MS degrees from Moscow State University and Wayne State University.
Sean McClowry, BearingPoint
Sean McClowry is a Technology Strategist who specializes in the areas of Information Management, IT Strategy & Transformation, Enterprise 2.0 and Open Source.
He has worked in a number of industries, including telecommunications, media & publishing, government, financial services and manufacturing. He leads BearingPoint's UK Information Management practice and is the architecture and delivery lead for BearingPoint's Information Management Solution Suite.
Sean is the founder of www.openmethodology.org, the world's first open source and collaborative methodology and a pioneer on the concept of Information Development. This approach provides a complete framework for Enterprise Information Management through a confluence of 3 areas of strategic importance: Web/Enterprise 2.0, Open Source and Information Management.
Sean also founded www.open-sustainability.org which is an open source and collaborative framework for integrated Sustainable Development which enables the concept of Sustainability 2.0.
Sean also contributes to the following blogs:
Alex McMorland, Morton McVay
Alex is CEO of Morton McVay. He has over 25 years management, operations and consulting experience in the IT sector and has successfully created and implemented projects that have had a measurable and positive impact on a large number of FTSE 250 organisations.
Alex is also an expert in all facets of the establishment, measurement and commercial exploitation of data as an asset. His vast experience spans from being directly involved in the successful establishment of three American owned start-ups (Teradata, Prism, Platinum Technology), through to senior positions at KPMG Consulting and CSC.
Alex has implemented numerous large-scale data migration, data integration and data quality initiatives for some of the largest organisations in the UK.
Stephen Mills, IBM Global Business Services
Stephen is a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM Global Business Services. He has over a decade of experience in the Business Intelligence and Information Management arena. Stephen is part of IBM's UK Business Intelligence leadership team and for the last two years has led the charge on the Information on Demand initiative in Northern Europe.
Stephen has worked in a number of industries, including financial markets, insurance, banking, telecommunications, media, government, and retail. His heritage is data integration and migration using tools such as Ab Initio, Informatica and Datastage.
Stephen not only knows how to successfully shape and implement a Business Intelligence / Information Management solution but also ensures that the business obtain the benefit from their investment.
John Morris, Iergo
A highly experienced Data Migration professional with a 25 year history in information technology. For the last ten years he has specialised solely in delivering Data Migration projects. During that time he has worked on some of the biggest migration projects in the UK and for some of the major systems integrators.
John is the author of "Practical Data Migration" the top selling book on data migration published by the BCS (British Computing Society). John's personal blog on the BCS website is available here: John Morris - Practical Data Migration Blog. John is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and abroad. He is passionate about elevating Data Migration to the position it deserves as a skill-set and marketplace in its own right.
In 2006 he co-founded Iergo as a specialist data migration consultancy. Iergo only specialise in Data Migration bringing their many years of experience to the problem domain.
John Platten, Vivamex
John Platten is CEO and Principal Consultant of Vivamex Limited a data migration, data warehousing and data management consultancy. John has worked in IT for over 20 years and began building data warehouses around 1995 when the concept was relatively new. In a different field, he is also the author of the computerised offender portrait system E-FIT often seen on BBC Crimewatch.
His clients have included T-Mobile, GlaxoSmithkline, BP, and Shell where he has led data warehouse projects, data cleanse initiatives and ERP migrations onto SAP. Despite the worrying Bloor Research migration failure statistics he has yet to lose a patient. He puts this down to having only one eye on the technical issues and the other firmly on wider project dynamics such as planning, project management and risk management. John can be contacted via email@example.com or via his account here at Data Migration Pro.
Tony Sceales, Celona
Tony Sceales is CTO and Founder of Celona and has spent the last 26 years working in the Telecoms, Financial Services and IT industries in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
He has driven major software development and implementation programmes for both user organizations and vendors including BT, The Prudential, AON and IBM.
He is a regular author and speaker on the software and Telecoms industry. He co-founded Celona Technologies and is now Chief Technology Officer for the company, responsible for strategic technology and product direction.
Tony currently leads the TM Forum's Data Migration Community.
Steve Tuck, Datanomic
Steve is Chief Strategy Officer for Datanomic. Steve has more than 20 years IT experience, 14 of which have been gained specifically in data quality management. During his career, Steve has improved data quality for organizations including BT, Thomas Cook, Credit Suisse, Norwich Union and the Inland Revenue.
Steve has also held a number of senior IT roles including manager of products and services at data management specialist Kognitio and Managing Director of Tranato, a specialist data quality consultancy acquired by Datanomic in 2006. He is also a Charter Member of the International Association of Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ - www.iaidq.org) and Secretary of its UK Community of Practice.
Steve can be contacted within the community or via the Datanomic website.
Jay Varner, Saber Government Solutions
Jay is the Senior Director of Data Management for Saber, and has over 15 years experience in data management and migration. Jay’s focus during his career has been exclusively on government systems in the United States, including Voter Registration, Motor Vehicles, Retirement, Benefits, Public Health, and Unemployment. He specializes in large-scale integration of multiple disparate data sets into centralized systems with a key focus on data quality, duplicate resolution, accurate parsing of free-form field values, and interfacing with a wide variety of external systems.
Saber is currently doing business in 45 States, and with the recent acquisition by EDS, is in the process of expanding services internationally. Jay holds a strong familiarity with a great variety of ETL tools, utilities, and processes and boasts a 100% customer satisfaction rate across more than 45 complex migration projects.