What is your background in data management? I have my masters in library science, so I come at it from a semi-structured...
or unstructured point of view. I moved from library science into records management in the IT space in 1988. Then I moved into the data modeling space, up through data architecture to the project lead, lead data architect, and information governance architect I am today. How does DAMA International use the funds that the DAMA Foundation raises? We are lining up a publisher that will take on all of the types of work we want to publish, including starting up a professional journal. We have just self-published an exam guide that supports our certification program. We are in the middle of defining the strategy to deliver the data management body of knowledge (DMBOK), which is going to be a published work and also an online work as it develops. And we are constantly writing papers for various conferences. What are some of your top goals as the DAMA Foundation president? My top goal is to articulate the introduction to the DMBOK within a year. That's an ambitious goal -- but I'm very encouraged in that we have already published the DMBOK framework. It's on our Web site for download and comment. It's this framework that we will then populate with what we know to be true in data management. Now, it's quite ambitious -- but I'm heartened by the fact that when I started this and discussed the idea with the Chicago DAMA chapter in December last year, it was only from December to the end of March that we struggled with the framework -- a framework that would encompass all the topics in data management. We published that in four months, which is just astounding to me. What that says to me is that there is a lot of pent-up excitement and we, as a profession, are really ready for this piece of work. How will people use the DMBOK?
To see the whole vision articulated, it will be a multi-year, multi-pronged task. We will have to get solid funding in order to do this on a global basis. I believe that moving from this DMBOK framework to a set of books, to actually templating the work we do in order to make it standardized, will ultimately have us sitting at the table with the rest of IT like never before. You aren't "sitting at the table" with IT now?
Right now, many of us feel detached from the rest of IT. We are a group of people that deal with things that "don't plug in the wall." There's isolation there and a lack of understanding as to what we do. All of these pieces play into our ability to communicate better what we are and that we are professionals. Why is it important to participate in organizations like DAMA?
One of our long-term goals is to influence our future and the future of the profession. As new technologies come around we have to know how to respond to them and to build up best practices. For instance, service-oriented architectures require data services. Gartner says data architects must evolve or die. We have to be proactive and help our constituents respond to these new technologies.