Gartner Expert

Bill O'Kane

VP Analyst

Bill O'Kane is a VP Analyst in the areas of master data management (MDM) and information governance in the ITL Data and Analytics group within Gartner Research. Mr. O'Kane provides expertise and advice to Gartner's clients and staff regarding information governance and master data management program management, master data management vendors and technologies, master data management implementation styles and master data management's role within an overall enterprise information management (EIM) strategy.

Previous experience

At Barclays Capital, Mr. O'Kane created and evangelized an EIM strategy and roadmap, with an initial emphasis on data quality, for the firm's reference data domains. In addition, he managed the U.S. Data Quality team in the Global Reference Data group within Operations. Prior to Barclays, he architected and managed several successful master data management and information governance programs in the financial services and healthcare industries. He was instrumental in formulating the data architecture for one of the earliest master data management (MDM) implementations, at a large U.S.-based multiline financial services company, and subsequently managed several more information governance and master data management implementations over the following decade.

Professional background

Barclays Capital

Vice President - U.S. Data Quality

CA Technologies

Senior Director - Global Business Solutions

Baseline Consulting Group

Senior Consultant

Areas of coverage

Data and Analytics Leaders

Data Management Solutions

Data and Analytics Programs and Practices


B.S., Mathematics, with minors in Computer Science, Operation Research and Economics, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut (magna cum laude)

PMP-certified Project Manager, currently certified until 2020

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Completeness of MDM program management environments

2Selection of the optimal MDM implementation style

3Considerations for MDM vendor and tool evaluation

4Implementation and optimization of data governance programs

5MDM business case development