Making Metadata Valuable – ExxonMobil’s Journey Collecting and Cataloging Metadata
  Cathy Normand   Cathy S Normand
Enterprise Data Enablement Manager


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Level:  Business / Non-Technical

Metadata is the critical layer in data that is necessary for exposing, understanding, and more effectively using data to inform business decisions. At ExxonMobil, however, metadata had never been treated as a strategic asset until recently. In this presentation, we will give you a glimpse into the efforts we are taking to enhance, catalog, and more effectively derive value from metadata at ExxonMobil. Metadata management is a living journey at ExxonMobil and we’ll share with you our challenge in dealing with legacy systems, wrangling definitions, key learnings from along the way that you can reapply, and our vision to make metadata a truly strategic business asset.

  • Metadata is core to enabling businesses to more effectively find and use data for business decisions 
  • Metadata is often not treated as a strategic asset, making data itself less usable 
  • ExxonMobil is on the path to make metadata an asset – cataloging, mapping, and exposing all data assets in the enterprise 
  • Dive into ExxonMobil’s lessons learned, successes, and vision in making metadata a strategic asset that you can reapply to your organizations

Cathy Normand is the Enterprise Data Enablement Manager for ExxonMobil, where she drives data engineering solutions across the hydrocarbon value chain. In this role, she leads a diverse organization committed to a balanced approach for managing data that scales with business demand. Her primary focus includes fit-for-purpose data governance, API development, and providing extensible tools to progress data related self-service needs. In the past decade, previous assignments have included time spent owning the corporate geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial data service, acting as product owner for the suite of subsurface data integration technologies, and acting as design lead for geoscience self-service data preparation software. Most recently, she launched an ideation platform within ExxonMobil targeted at enhancing the creative potential of individuals, sharing those ideas, and providing an avenue for funding. Outside of work, she volunteers her time with Girl Scouts of the USA, United Way, Klein ISD, and enjoys being active outdoors.