A Swiss Company founded in 2007
Based in the heart of international Geneva, GDE has developed a unique AI platform integrating semantics and based on Data Excellence Management System (DEMS) which allows to govern by value.
DEMS is the first AI platform for corporate governance
you can dialog with in natural language.
humans and machines
The DEMS concept emerged during Dr. Walid el Abed’s studies, when the idea of dialogue between humans and machines was in its infancy.
Development of Data Excellence Science
Creation of GDE
Global Data Excellence SA is founded. Its mission: to develop a solution – a software – encompassing the science of Data Excellence allowing a dialogue between human or machine to maximise business performance.
DEMS 1.0 is born. An application enabling data governance based on contextual intelligence
In 2011, Global Data Excellence’s solution was recommended in the Gartner report “Magic Data for Data Quality Tools”. In 2012, it appears “in Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Information Governance and MDM”.
DEMS 3.0 comes out. It integrates a framework that allows the selection of data: e.g. priorities and business rules modelled financial impacts.
No. 1 provider of governance solutions
GDE has emerged as the leading provider of data governance solutions “that offers the widest coverage of functionalities as well as a methodology” (Peyret, 2017).
DEMS 4.0 – Govern by Value
DEMS 4.0 is born and integrates “value governance” into the system and framework allowing companies and governments to maximise the business value of their data.
Walid el Abed
Founder & CEO
Dr. Walid el Abed has more than 20 years of experience in working with global organisations and is a recognised international lecturer, visiting professor at renowned French and Swiss universities, as well as the author of several scientific and economic articles including white papers that are in international circulation.
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Guided by data and objectives
Dr. el Abed’s journey began in the 1990s when, as a student, he took a keen interest in the prospect of automating the dialogue between man and machine. This interest led him to study linguistics and computer science. In 1995, Dr el Abed created Data Excellence Science, a study that integrates computer science, linguistics, business management and AI to process natural language (semantics) and transform it into IT language (code).
Dr el Abed’s scientific discipline is the foundation of the AI platform DEMS (Data Excellence Management System). Today, Data Excellence Science is taught in several leading universities in France and Switzerland such as the University of Franche-Comté, the University of Fribourg and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers de Paris.
A revolutionary technology
In recent years, DEMS has become an attractive proposition for organisations and is considered a revolutionary technology in data and AI governance. “Currently, Global Data Excellence (GDE) is funded by the European Commission and in a very short period of time organisations from both the public and private sectors have invested in us. A major driver of our success is the time to value production, which is currently unmatched in the industry,” explains Dr Walid el Abed.
Co-Founder & HDEP
Marc co-founded Global Data Excellence and serves as Head of Product, responsible for the roadmap, the technology and the development of the products. Prior to Global Data Excellence, Marc held several senior-executive roles in multinational companies like Come Computer, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, …
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Thomson CSF, and Cap Gemini. He has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry and his engineering experience encompasses both consulting services and product design. In the last 10 years, Marc was involved in building enterprise-scale business intelligence and master data management solutions.
The core team
Project Management Officer
Dr. Stephane Zrehen
Business Development Executive
Business Development Executive
Dr Paul Feuto
Dr. Ibrahim Soumana
Laura De Caso
Development Team Leader
« The state of Geneva attests by the present its integral satisfaction from the usage of Global Data Excellence (GDE) system and services. We confirm our choice of GDE system and framework to maximise the value of our data. »
State of Geneva
« DEF and DEMS help Fribourg to improve the implementation and monitoring of a new legislation and enable the administration to avoid significant potential cost.»
State of Fribourg
« Global Data Excellence announces that the Canton of Valais has selected DEMS as a solution within the framework of its data excellence programme.»
State of Valais
« The case of Bacardi shows that DEF/DEMS provides a more complete picture of the data quality than traditional solutions, by putting information into its business context. It enables to focus preventive data quality efforts where the returns will be pertinent for the business, with a clear identification of the value at stake. This capability makes DEMS unique in the data and information governance ecosystem.»
« GDE is the only company that appears to understand that data governance rules must be linked to data requirements (templates) which must themselves be linked to a dictionary. Most (all) the other applications I have seen so far are truly insufficient for the purpose of effectively managing data governance at least as I and the ISO 8000 community understand it. »
ECCMA, Peter Benson
« From the outset, GDE has supported Groupe Mutuel in its data governance approach.
GDE offers a methodology and a tool perfectly adapted to this approach. Other approaches exist on the market. However, it seemed to us that GDE had a competitive advantage with its Data Excellence Framework and Data Excellence Management System products. This choice proved to be the right one.
In just under ten years, we have transformed GM’s data from a cost center to an asset that we can now leverage. »
Groupe Mutuel Assurances
The “Perpetual Excellence Community (PEC)” is a non-profit association based in Geneva composed of scientists from different fields of expertise. They work to create and develop a community promoting “perpetual excellence” at all levels of society.
Its objective is to aim for absolute respect in order to create the “ultimate value” by reconciling different dimensions: environmental, social and economic.
- Create and develop a scientific network that promotes “value governance” as a pillar of “perpetual excellence”
- Working to enable social units to govern by value in a data-driven global environment, ensuring sustainability and excellence, normative economic growth and quantifiable sustainable development planning
- Promote educational change for individuals, businesses and societies and enable them to “govern by value”
- Creating and sharing knowledge to optimise the use of resources and avoid duplication of effort
The Scientific Committee
Dr. Walid EL ABED – Founder of the association
Mr. Peter BENSON
Prof. Sylviane CARDEY-GREENFIELD
Dr. Aladar SEBENI
Mr. Pierre STRUBIN