I've had some bad luck around the timing of our MDM conferences this year. In August I wound up in the hospital and missed our San Francisco show. Last week I felt the flu coming on two days before our New York conference, hunkered down to sleep for 48 hours and recovered sufficiently to get there (while refusing to shake hands and keeping my distance from attendees).

I was glad I made it since the show was all about the convergence of data governance and master data management, enough by itself to make me feel at least a little bit better. Tackling governance is a sign of maturity in an industry, and really, the codification of policy and data quality into something real and ongoing. Tough as it can be, there's a palpable understanding now that governance is unavoidable business and it's almost a relief to people once they get off the fence and start working together.

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