DAMA Corner May 2009

Welcome to DAMA Corner, a source of information for data management professionals here in TDAN, the industry leading publication for people interested in learning about data administration and datamanagement disciplines and best practices. Each column provides an update on the professional organization DAMA International, and an opportunity to share your experience with other professionalsthat are passionate about data!

Your interest and participation is greatly appreciated. If you are not a current member of DAMA, please read the following section to learn about others with the same interests that you have. But ifyou know us, please proceed on to the Update and For Members, By Members.

About DAMADAMA International is a not-for-profit, vendor independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing theconcepts and practices for data resource management and enterprise information. The primary purpose of DAMA International is to promote the understanding, development, and practice of managing dataand information to support business strategies. DAMA International has chapters and members throughout the world.

  • DAMA membership provides you with a network of data management professionals who share ideas and solutions to some of the most difficult issues in data management.

  • DAMA Chapters provide cost-effective and local ongoing training hours that can apply to re-certification requirements by the Institute for Computing Professionals for Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) designations.
  • Chapter members receive vendor and training discounts provided to DAMA International by selected vendors and publishers.
  • Chapters may bulk purchase DAMA International products such as the DAMA Dictionary and the DAMA Data Management Body of Knowledge at discounted rates.

If you are interested in data, we want to meet you and help you grow in your chosen profession! To find a local DAMA chapter, go to the mainwebsite  and select Chapter.
UpdateHave you talked data lately?

More than 600 data management professionals came together in Tampa, Florida to learn, teach, and share about all facets of our practice. Individual sessions spilled over into hallway networking.Dinner discussions converged on topics, giving voice to a myriad of perspectives, each enriching the next conversation. Some of these conversations have continued beyond Enterprise Data World (EDW)into the LinkedIn DAMA Group. Consider the value of joining the conversation virtually, even if you were unable to travel thisyear.

The weekend before EDW was a busy one for the Board of Directors and for the DAMA President’s Council. Two days of marathon meetings face to face has helped clarify our current state andbegin to define our opportunities as an organization for the next year. Minutes for the meetings are still in progress at the time of this publication.

During the conference, the audience and the speakers alike could envision a bright future for data management. In spite of the disruption of the markets, or possibly because of it, ouropportunities to show the value of managing data as a durable asset appear to be at a tipping point.

Four colleagues were honored by DAMA at the conference for their contributions. The winners of the 2009 DAMA International Achievement Awards are:
 

Academic – Eva Smith

Professional – Jaylene McCandlish

Government – Glenn Thomas

Community – Mark Mosley

 
Thanks to all who nominated one or more candidates and thanks to all chapters that voted.

The DAMA Foundation announced that they have been approved for a 501c3 charitable status by the US IRS, effective data November 21, 2008. A strategic directionhas been established to lead the data management profession toward maturity though:

  • Providing financial assistance for education and research in the data management profession, including graduate and post-graduate academic activities.

  • Funding efforts for the establishment of data management curricula within educational facilities at all levels.

Please consider the DAMA Foundation in your charitable giving decision in the future.

The biggest buzz at EDW was the introduction of The DAMA Data Management Body of Knowledge, a reference to provide us the written documentation for what we doin the functional areas of our practice. Approximately 100 copies of the DAMA-DMBOK were sold, as well as a few enterprise licenses. Since then it has been moving quickly at Amazon, if you see thatit is “sold out” check back…we restock quickly.

The forward by John Zachman includes the following quote:

The DAMA-DMBOK Guide deserves a place on every data management professional’s bookshelf; and for the general manager, it will serve as a guide for setting expectations and assigning responsibilities for managing and practicing what has become the very most critical resource owned by an enterprise as it (the enterprise) progresses into the Information Age: DATA!

It is now available through Amazon, for a list price of $54.95 for the one CD. Volume discounts and enterprise licensecopies are available through our publisher.

By Members, For Members – The Sounding BoardOur first survey will close at the end of June. The results of this survey will determine the appropriate publications to target with data management news releases:

  1. What is the primary industry for your company?

  2. What are one or two of the publications that your technology managers read on a regular basis?
  3. What are one or two of the publications that your technology managers read on a regular basis?

Please share! SurveyMonkey Touchpoints Survey

Comments and suggestions are welcome!

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About DAMA International

DAMA, the Data Management Association International is a not-for-profit, vendor independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices for data resource management and enterprise information. The primary purpose of DAMA International is to promote the understanding, development, and practice of managing data and information to support business strategies. DAMA International has chapters and members throughout the world.  Visit and become a member of DAMA by clicking here.

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