iJET's Falguni Sanghani is the 2012 Data Steward of the Year

SAS celebrates data champions everywhere, bestows the second annual Stewie on 2012 Data Stewards Day

Falguni Sanghani, senior data analyst for iJET International, has been named the 2012 Data Steward of the Year by a panel of her peers. The award, nicknamed the "Stewie," was bestowed upon Sanghani at SAS' IDEAS (International Data Event and Symposium) conference in Las Vegas in celebration of Data Stewards Day , the second-annual holiday honoring champions of data and everything they represent. A full list of finalists, culled from dozens of submissions around the globe, can be found here.

Sanghani received the most nominations - including some in video and PowerPoint form - of any finalist this year and received the highest overall score from the judging panel. The 2012 judging panel featured members of the Data Roundtable, a collection of the nation's foremost data governance, master data management (MDM), data integration and data quality experts. It includes Jill Dyché, David Loshin, Jim Harris, Phil Simon, Karen Lopez, Joyce Norris-Montanari; as well as 2011 Stewie winner Barbara Deemer of Sallie Mae.

Colleagues recognized Sanghani both for her strategic and tactical excellence, and cited her as a data quality inspiration, a "real dynamo when it comes to data … finding and fixing data quality issues faster than I (can) type this recommendation … she inspires me to dig deeper, know more and never settle for anything but the best outcome of any scenario."

iJET's Falguni functions as a critical bridge between business, technology, intelligence operations. "She does a great job making a unique, puzzling structure make perfect sense to the various stakeholders here at iJET … many individuals, from all departments, look to Falguni for advice because she is truly our data expert."

Established in collaboration with the Data Roundtable, Data Stewards Day highlights the integral role of data stewardship in enterprise data management and governance. The holiday is meant to shine the light on data managers who, despite having a major impact on their companies, often receive little recognition. While some may actually bear the title of "data steward," others are simply known as the person who bridges business and IT through data. Regardless of actual title, a data steward is anyone who makes a difference by managing the information that drives an organization forward.

For further information about Data Stewards Day, and to learn more about the "Stewie" and the Data Stewards Hall of Fame, visit datastewardsday.com or search #DSD2012 on Twitter.

About iJET International

iJET International, Inc. (iJET) is an intelligence-driven provider of business resiliency and risk management solutions to over 500 multinational corporations and government organizations – helping them survive and thrive amidst global threats to their people, facilities and supply chain assets. iJET's team of world-class intelligence analysts and patented Worldcue® Global Control Center technology solutions equip decision-makers and organizations with real-time information to anticipate, respond to and emerge from business disruptions with a competitive edge. For more information about iJET, visit: www.iJET.com.

About SAS

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