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Established in 2000, Instep began as a data analytics and business Intelligence company. We have a deep understanding of the transformative power of data and are today focused on helping our customers optimize their data to power their data-driven digital futures. We specialize in Master Data Management, Data Quality, Data Intelligence, Data Security and Big Data Integration. Our expertise in Informatica data technologies has allowed us to develop technical accelerators to help our customers bring quality, real-time data solutions to production quickly.

Instep is a US company with a zero H1B policy and has employees in 5 states and Canada. The Instep offshore team supports our R&D efforts and provides remote project staff augmentation when appropriate. We are an equal opportunity employer and focus on hiring the best local talent to help our customers.

Meet the Team

Jo Shariff

Co-Founder & President


Jo has over 25 years of experience in business strategy, finance and information management. She began her career as a consultant for Ernst & Young, and later served as the Comptroller for the State of New Hampshire. She has strong leadership skills and oversees the strategic direction, finance and marketing for the company. She is married with three children and enjoys hiking, golfing, skiing and travel.

Q Shariff

Co-Founder & Vice President


Q has over 25 years of experience in data management and business analytics. He has strong team-building skills and leads the Data Management practice with emphasis on data strategy and project execution. In the recent past, Q has delivered significant MDM and analytics projects for Liberty Mutual Insurance, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Unilever and Travelers Insurance. He is married with three children and enjoys golfing, cooking, and travel.

Craig Bogart

Solution Consultant


Craig has over 10 years of system architecture and development experience in Master Data Management and Data Integration. He has strong leadership and technical skills which enable him to successfully design and deliver data management solutions. These solutions bring exceptional value to our clients. Craig enjoys music, adventurous eating, and travel.

Diane Kost

Operations Manager


Diane has over 20 years of experience in finance, personnel and business management. She has strong problem solving, team leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. She is married with two children and enjoys golfing, skiing, fitness training, boating and travel.

Jane McManus

Sr. Business Analyst & Client Delivery Manager


Jane has over 25 years of experience in building system solutions. She has hands on experience with all facets of system development with strong focus on project management and client relations. She is a natural leader with a solid technical foundation to deliver projects successfully. Jane is married with two children and enjoys sports, kayaking and travel.

John Yang

Sr. Solution Consultant


John has over 15 years of technical experience and expert Informatica MDM knowledge. He is the concept leader for architects and senior developers. He began his career in master data management at Informatica (formerly Siperian). He has worked with Insurance, Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Health Science, and Oil & Gas corporations on major MDM projects. He is married with one child and enjoys music, food and travel.

Marisa Anderson

Client Engagement Manager


Marisa has over 8 years of experience in project and relationship management. She delivers high quality MDM solutions that enable our clients to meet their business goals. Her diverse background includes teaching, customer service, and project management in the construction, financial, and insurance industries. She excels at supporting the client throughout the project lifecycle. Marisa enjoys camping, running, traveling, and caring for her pets.

Peter Zettler

Lead Developer


Peter has over 20 years of experience in developing data and analytical systems for businesses in the Insurance, Healthcare and Retail industries. His in-depth knowledge of data technologies enables him to drive innovative solutions and deliver exceptional results to our clients. He is married with two children and enjoys camping, coaching youth hockey and volunteering for Boy Scouts of America.

Phil McClellan

QA Consultant


Phil has over 25 years of technical experience with over 10 years managing QA teams on MDM projects. He is primarily responsible for quality on all client projects and internal product development. He also leads the training for all new hires to ensure everyone understands that quality is in our DNA. He is married with two children and enjoys cooking, adventure sports and outdoor activities.

Tom Babiarz

Project Manager


Tom has over 15 years of technical, analytical, and project management experience in software development for Aerospace, Defense, and Financial organizations. He excels at developing targeted MDM solutions which are seamlessly implemented for our clients. His positive approach to problem solving and his attention to detail add significant value. He is married and enjoys skiing, real estate and spending time with his family.