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Delivering Information Management

One day training course
conducted by Alan Smith

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Geological Society

The course will look at the elements which are required for the successful implementation and maintenance of information management services. We will start with discussing the definition of data, information and knowledge and go on to discuss the 8 elements required to keep an information management service running smoothly. The course will finish with a discussion on the meaning of "big data" and analytics in the industry and the opportunities this will provide for the data scientists.

Your trainer

Alan Smith is a geophysicist by background. Now providing Information systems strategy and planning to the E&P industry. Work includes Data Management, Information Management, Knowledge Management, Business process analysis, system selection and implementation management, project and programme management.

Specialties: Expert knowledge of E&P industry systems and processes, Interim management roles undertaken as IS Manager / Departmental CIO in E&P organisations

Has held interim management position as head of IS at GDF Suez E&P UK Ltd.

From 1980 to 1993 worked as a geophysicist with BP, in London, Hamburg, Algiers, Jakarta, Aberdeen, London (again), Glasgow. Responsible for assimilation of data from many sources to provide recommendations on exploration and development decisions. Supervision of seismic data acquisition and processing projects. Latterly responsible for selecting and implementing integrated interpretation systems

Has a Phd in geophysics from University of London



9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:15 Introduction

  • What is data and information management?
  • Why it is important to get it right and deliver high quality data to the right people at the right time?

9:30 Strategy & Plans

  • Defining a strategy and plans – identifying the business objectives, looking at cost benefits and benchmarking.
  • Putting a structured plan in place.

10:00 Governance

  • Developing and defining a governance framework to ensure that the critical aspects of business buy in and priorities are addressed.

10:45 Tea & Coffee
11:00 Processes

  • Policies, processes and procedures... The relationships and why they are needed.

11:45 Technology & Tools

  • An introduction to the technology and tools available. What should be used for which purpose?
  • An interactive session, participants will be asked to share their experiences with tools and technology.

12:30 Lunch Break
13:00 Services & Projects

  • What is the difference between running services and running projects?
  • Planning services and projects.
  • Why do most data management projects "fail"?

15:00 Tea & Coffee
15:30 Professional Discipline

  • Recent discussions on the discipline of data and information management.
  • Should we be using the term Data Scientists rather than data managers / data technicians?

16:00 Performance Management

  • How to demonstrate the success of your data management project or service line.
  • What to measure and how to measure, a few examples.

16:30 Discussion

  • An opportunity for participants to explore issues further.

17:00 Finish


To purchase multiple places, please phone our office on +44 207 993 5991

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