DAMA Corner – November 2010

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 data management disciplines and best practices. Each column provides an update on the professional organization DAMA International, and an opportunity to share your experience with other professionals that 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 if you know us, please proceed on to the Update.

About DAMADAMA 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.

  • 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 management, we want to meet you and help you grow in your chosen profession! To find a local DAMA chapter, go to the main website at www.dama.org and select Chapter.

We welcome you to join our conversation in this LinkedIn DAMA International group. General topics of interest are posted in this group, but we also have subgroups that are focused on individual topics. Please take a few minutes to review our subgroups to see if any would be of interest to you. Many of them are industry verticals.

Also we invite you to look at the local chapter list to see whether there is an opportunity for you to join us in person!

UpdateDAMA International in the News:

When Money Magazine was looking to locate data management professionals for the 100 Top Jobs article, they came to DAMA International for candidates. We pulled DBAs from our individual members that had certified CDMP at mastery level with a DBA specialty, as well as representatives of “feet on the ground” staff in our corporate members. Of the candidates we put forward, two were featured in the articles. Take a look and celebrate the #7 spot on the top 100 in the print article, as well as a web-exclusive interview!

Peter Aiken, president of DAMA International, received the 2010 International Stevens Award on October 13 at the 17th Annual Working Conference on Reverse Engineering in Beverly, MA. He received the award in recognition of his “evangelism of data reverse engineering and data-focused software development techniques and methods.” The Stevens Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the literature or practice of methods for software and systems development. Aiken delivered the Stevens Award Lecture as the keynote speaker at the conference. His talk, “The Starting Point isn’t the Beginning: How Data Reengineering Changes IT,” highlighted three important ways his research has contributed to the IT profession:

  • How applying formalized data reverse engineering can contribute in numerous ways to legacy systems reengineering/modernization.
  • How the application of Carnegie Mellon’s SEI-CMM model could be used to objectively determine the maturity of organizational data management practices.
  • How these formal methods and measures can be used to reduce organizational IT project risk.

Aiken teaches in Virginia Commonwealth University’s VCU School of Business and is CEO and founding director of Data Blueprint.

The DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of KnowledgeThere are new language versions of the both DAMA-DMBOK framework paper and full guide published an in development.

Chapter News from Around the World

Map from University of Alabama
Note: Google Translate works well on non-English sites

DAMA Japan is planning to hold their establishing event on November 15th 2010. Additional details of their meeting can be found on their website: http://www.dama-japan.org/Conference
DAMA NCR would like to thank everyone involved in making the DAMA Day, September 21, 2010, a great success. More than 65 data management professionals in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland areas gathered to hear a wonderful slate of speakers. The NCR chapter gained 30 additional members! This is the first DAMA Day event since the 2008 Virtual Conference. November meeting is focused on DAMA St. Louis in the United States. The St. Louis chapter is reforming. If you would like to get involved, please contact Stephen Bowman at st_louis_info@dama.org.
DAMA South Africa will be holding a CDMP Bootcamp, to help their membership develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to be a Certified Data Management Professional. This training is currently scheduled for January 2011. Please contact education@dama.org.za or info@dama.org.za for additional details.
New Chapter or Special Interest Group Options: In order to grow and support the membership, DAMA International is introducing a new option for US Chapter and Special Interest Group formation. DAMA Direct is a program that allows groups to form without requiring them to incorporate as legal entities separate from DAMA International.

Annual NewsDAMA International Board Elections

Current and past DAMA Board members are eligible to run for the DAMA International Board if nominated by their chapter. The positions for the term 2011-2013 are:

  • Chapter Services
  • Communications
  • Conference Services
  • Industry Services
  • Marketing
  • Operations

Details for the election process and descriptions of the board positions are available at Elections to the Board of Directors. Every chapter should look for the upcoming notices including candidates that have been put forward for the offices.

Individual Achievement Awards

DAMA International is continuing to accept nominations for DAMA Individual Achievement Awards for 2011 to be awarded at the 2011 Enterprise Data World conference, scheduled for Chicago, Illinois, April 3-7. Each of these awards recognizes a data management professional who has made significant and demonstrable contributions to the information resource management field consistent with DAMA International’s vision. This program is designed to promote awareness of the contribution individuals have made to the four specific areas of data management:

  •      Academic Achievement Award
  •      DAMA Community Award
  •      Government Achievement Award
  •      Professional Achievement Award

Each DAMA Chapter has the opportunity to nominate one or more candidates. Members who want to nominate an individual can download a nomination form from the DAMA International website. Or, they can call or write the DAMA Awards Committee, 19239 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, #132, Lutz, FL 33548. Email: awards@dama.org. The awards are international, given the worldwide reach of data and information management, and the international focus of DAMA and its chapters.

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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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