DMM9 Programme

Philip Howard - best PRACTICES cloud migrations

Philip is Research Director at Bloor Research. He specialises in databases, data management, data integration, data migration, data quality, data federation, master data management, data governance, metadata management and data warehousing. In other words: anything to do with the infrastructure of data.  Philip was the first analyst in this country to recognise the significance of Data Migration as a domain in its own right and has been leading the analysis field in his understanding ever since.

Philip will be introducing the findings of his current research into Cloud Migration - the risks, recommended approaches and rewards.


Johny Morris - key note and Agile Data Migration workshop

Johny Morris has 30 years experience in Information Technology spending the last 15 plus years consulting exclusively on Data Migration assignments for the likes of the Financial Times, British Telecommunications plc, National Grid and Barclay's Bank.  Johny is the author of the Practical Data Migration (PDM) method and book of the same name. Johny co-founded the Data Migration Matters series to expand understanding of the Data Migration as a specialism on its own right.

Johny will be providing the opening key note and, based on recent practical experience, Johny will be running a seminar on Data Migration in Agile settings.

Nick Van Beest - Testing Data Migrations

Nick is an IT veteran of  30 years.  His areas of expertise include solution/technical/data architecture; data/database analytics, cleansing, migration, aggregation, reconciliation and validation, data design, modelling, governance and management, data and business analysis, system design, development and implementation using structured and proven techniques; systems change and project management and training of team members and end users.

Nick is passionate about the importance of thorough testing of Data Migrations and will be sharing his hard won experience of the pitfalls and best practices of testing that de-risks your software investment.

wael elrifai - Big data, AI and Internet of things

Wael is a true polymath.  Along with graduate degrees in both electrical engineering and economics Wael's professional life has been all about data. Wael has been working with artificial intelligence and "Big Data" for the past decade and nurtured his start up, Peak Consulting, to the point where it attracted the attention of Pentaho where he is now EMEA Director of Enterprise Solutions.  Wael bridges the IT - Business and the Theory - Practice divides with his easy command of these domains

Wael has a passion for seeking out the new and for seeing how it  can be applied commercially.   At the forefront of Big Data, AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) Wael will be linking these leading edge technologies back to their practical application in the real world and of course data is at the centre of this brave new world.

Michelle Ayers - always up Migrations

With a career spanning the last 10 years and for clients the length and breadth of Europe, Michelle has in depth front line experience of data migration, management, integration and replication.  She has worked at all levels - consultancy, training and delivery.  Michelle has found that using a tool allows for near real time integration gives her an edge when it comes to virtual and cloud migrations as well as enterprise application migration.  Michelle will be giving us lessons learned from these large scale, multi platform migrations - how to ease the pain and reduce the risk.

Sean Green - A View from C-level

Sean has nearly 30 years ICT experience the last 10 years of which have been in local government, national health and housing association roles.  Here he has built up a portfolio of senior leadership roles at both executive and none executive levels and is currently Assistant Director ICT, Customer Access and Transformation at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.  Always his career has been focussed on business and technology change.  Over the years this has led him to have executive responsibility for many data migrations that are nearly always the hand maidens of change.

Come listen to Sean as he shares his insights into the view from the top where technical migration detail blends into cultural and operational change to deliver desired business outcomes.  This is a guy who has really been there and done it.

Dan Clark - What's with the mail?

What;s the big deal with email and why is it so hard?  Well first off email is now a mature technology with the long tail problem that brings with it.  Secondly there are legal. regulatory and compliance reasons for having to store emails often for years.  Put those two together and you have a major challenge for a technology so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible.

World leading messaging expert and published author Dan Clark shares his experiences of dealing with the growing pains and mid-life crisis's of the billions of emails that he had migrated across multiple disparate platforms over  the last dozen years.


Data Migrations are inherently risky.  As pointed out by another of our speakers, Philip Howard, in his seminal and oft quoted research, half fail either in whole or in part.  The single most important common element in the successful ones was the use of built for purpose migration software.  And the most important of these is Profiling and Data Quality.   In his 20 years’ experience in the data migration field, Jim has worked in project delivery for IBM, Trillium Software, Datanomic, Informatica and now Experian Data Quality on a variety of projects in different lines of business in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and the USA.  Here he will share his immense experience of real projects identifying common themes among the successful and the failing.  He will explain how to leverage software to achieve the former and avoid the latter.

The Panel Discussion

Rounding off the day is our panel discussion.  We take a selection of our most opinionated presenters and give the delegates the opportunity to bowl as many tough questions at them as possible.  Maximum audience participation is expected and dissent is encouraged.  This is your chance to ask those questions that weren't answered during the day or get that burning opinion off your chest.