Why the DCA Forum?

Data volumes are growing exponentially with unstructured information representing 95% of this growth (videos, text, voice …) Traditional thinking no longer scales. Economics and business competitiveness require change. Data democratization and enterprise harmonization represents the future.


JOIN THE MOVEMENT with those implementing improved data eco-systems.


This event is for data-centric practitioners. It will include those starting or maturing the process of innovating next generation information and knowledge management architectural practices. Like minded individuals are shaping this movement and co-inventing the future.

The Data-Centric systems that are being implemented today need more architectural support than currently exists. Maybe you have part of the solution, maybe you need parts of the solution. Either way, come to Fort Collins … contribute and learn from each other.

This will be an intimate, interactive 2 ½ days. Focusing on 5 core topics, there will be a mix of speakers, panel discussions, and workshops aimed at developing increased understanding and evolving the solution.

There will be no vendor booths or vendor hall. The vendors will be in the room with the other practitioners, making the sausage. Come to find partners and form alliances. Come to check out what is now possible.


JUNE 5th, 6th and 7th (2 1/2 days)

The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins CO

Registration Cost: $495

Tuition includes two lunches, all the coffee you can drink and the first round on us!


For more information on this event, contact an Event Organizer

Our theme for this event is “The Last Mile.” As attendees of previous forums know, there are challenges in implementing a Data-Centric solution that sooner or later need to be addressed.

The data-centric vision is to make applications thinner as more and more shared relationships and other common business logic ends up in the knowledge graph. The question is, how can we move more organizations up the maturity curve?



Many of these challenges have already been solved in graph environments. All could be improved and further integrated. The agenda is totally dedicated to upgrading our shared understanding of the state of the art on these challenges in the Data-Centric / Knowledge Graph environment. The 5 key focus areas for this year’s conference are:

  1. Authorization – how to implement fine grained access to different parts of the graph
  2. AI/ML and Data Science – How to make a Knowledge Graph that benefits Machine Learning and Data Science
  3. NLP – Utilization of a graph to assist in natural language processing
  4. Knowledge Graph as an Integration hub – Using a KG to better integrate data from multiple sources
  5. Upper Ontologies – An examination of existing ontologies, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to bridge between them

“The Last Mile”

The format: Each topic above will feature a mix of presentations, panels and workshops designed to better understand the problems, discover existing solutions, and co-invent new ideas to share the future.

Who should come:
Anyone who wants to know how all this is going to work

Who should present:
Anyone with experience in implementing software in any of these challenge areas? You might be a software vendor, or an enterprise architect or a developer. As long as you have solved some aspect of at least one of these challenge areas, we invite you to come and present.

Vendor booths:
We are not going to have vendor booths this year. We think the vendors will be so tied into the interactive presentations they won’t want to staff a booth.

Why should you come:
This is more about forging partnerships and learning how this can work than it is about new sales leads? You may get some leads, but it’s not designed to maximize that. We’re looking to build the ecosystem that will carry this movement. No one has all the answers, we’re going to need to team up to tackle these challenges.

Inquire with Steve Case if interested in presenting or collaborating in an engaging, innovative exchange. As a group of like-minded innovators, together we’ll bring perspective and experience to raising the collective community of data-centric believers and those soon to be.

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