SAS Announces Data Stewards Day 'Stewie' Awards

Second annual Data Stewards Day set for October; opportunity to nominate enterprise data heroes

Business analytics leader SAS will again recognize outstanding data stewards through the "Stewie" awards as part of the second annual Data Stewards Day. Scheduled for Oct. 11, the event honors champions of data and everything it represents.

Established in collaboration with the Data Roundtable, the event highlights the integral role of data stewardship in enterprise data management and governance. This year, nominations are open for Data Stewards Day Awards, also known as the "Stewies."

Data Stewards Day honors data management leaders who, despite having a major impact on their companies, receive little recognition. Some actually bear the title of "data steward." Others may simply be known as the person who bridges business and IT through data. Regardless, a data steward is anyone who makes a difference by managing the information that drives an organization forward.

"Bring us the names of those within your enterprise who toil tirelessly to preserve, maintain and value data. The most worthy of them will be appropriately honored by the committee," said Mark Troester, SAS CIO and IT strategist. "And those that don't win the Stewie can take satisfaction in the exemplary good they do their organizations. We salute them all."

Submitting a Stewie nomination

Who deserves a Stewie? A data steward who works hard and loves the job; who knows everything there is to know about the organization's data; who has saved the day by enabling accurate data-driven decisions – maybe more than once.

The Data Steward of the Year will be judged by a panel from the Data Roundtable, a group of data governance, master data management (MDM), data integration and data quality experts, including Jill Dyché, David Loshin, Jim Harris, Phil Simon, Karen Lopez, Joyce Norris-Montanari and last year's Data Steward of the Year, Barbara Deemer of Sallie Mae.

Nominate yourself or a co-worker today 

Judges encourage submitters to create a YouTube video that details why the data steward should be appointed to the Data Stewards Hall of Fame. Entries will be judged on creativity, ingenuity and sincerity. The winners will be announced on Data Stewards Day, Oct. 11, 2012.

For more information on Data Stewards Day or to enter go to and submit a nomination by Sept. 24. Nominators should provide a detailed explanation of no more than 300 words on why their nominee should win a Stewie.


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