Monday, September 1, 2008

DAMA-DMBOK Framework V3

A third version of the DAMA-DMBOK Framework paper is now available for free download from the DAMA International web site, The first and second versions have been downloaded by 4000 people worldwide. The third version updates the framework outline of data management functions and activities.

Version 3 identifies 10 major data management functions, instead of 9. A new function, Data Development, is "the data analysis, design and implementation activities associated with system development projects, including data modeling." In previous versions, these activities were split between Data Architecture and Database Administration. These functions have been renamed to Data Architecture Management (defining and maintaining data architecture above and prior to any implementation projects -- essentially enterprise data architecture management) and Database Operations Management (database production support and data technology management). The new structure clearly identifies the data management tasks included in the system development lifecycle (SDLC).

In addition, the name of the function previously known as Documents, Records & Content Management has now been shortened to just Document and Content Management. The presentation sequence of the ten functions has been changed, moving Data Quality Management to the 10th position.
The more detailed outline of activities within each function has also been refined.

Introducing the DMBOK Planning Commitee

I'd like to introduce you to the members of the DMBOK Planning Committee:

* Mark Mosley is the chief editor of the DAMA-DMBOK Guide. As the originator of this blog, his bio is listed here.

* Deborah Henderson is the executive sponsor of the project. She is the VP for Education and Special Projects for DAMA International (The DAMA-DMBOK Guide is her very special project!) and the president of the DAMA Foundation. Deborah is the chair of the DAMA-DMBOK Editorial Board and the Planning Committee. She works for CAP Gemini in Toronto, Canada.

* Eva Smith is the technology coordinator for the project. Eva teaches at a community college in Washington state. She is a member of the DAMA Puget Sound chapter and the DAMA International Eduation Committee. Eva has created a magnificent DMBOK review website to enable volunteers to review and comment on selected DMBOK chapters. As the queen of all collaborative technologies, she encouraged me 18 months ago to create this blog, and now she is a co-author for the blog. I trust Eva will be more active as a blogger than me!

* Ingrid Hunt is the publicity coordinator for the project, and serves as the VP of Pubic Relations for the DAMA Foundation. Ingrid is a consultant in San Francisco, CA.

Together we work with the DAMA International Executive Board, the DAMA-DMBOK Editorial Board, our chapter authors (primary contributors and additional contributors), reviewers and publisher to deliver the DAMA-DMBOK Guide.

DAMA-DMBOK Guide Availability

The DAMA-DMBOK Guide is expected to be published in 2009. The team of DAMA International members is working very hard to meet an aggressive timeline. We hope to announce availability of the DAMA-DMBOK Guide at the April 2009 DAMA Conference in Tampa.

Dictionary of Data Management Now Available!

The DAMA Dictionary of Data Management is now available for purchase through as a CD-ROM (it's a PDF file -- this way it's easy to search the file for the terms you need). Thanks to our publisher Steve Hoberman of Technics Publications for making this possible. Proceeds go to the DAMA Foundataion to fund other projects to advance the profession.

This is Version 1 of the Dictionary. I believe it is a good baseline, but it certainly can be improved. The DMBOK chapter authors are revising some definitions and adding some terms, and these revisions will appear in Version 2, released with the first release of the DAMA-DMBOK Guide (as its Glossary) in early 2009.

If you have recommended revisions, please let me know, so I can evaluate and incorporate them into Version 2. THANKS!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Name: DAMA-DMBOK Guide

What we previously referred to as The DMBOK Guide is now known as The DAMA-DMBOK Guide. DAMA-DMBOK is a trademark of DAMA International. Whatever the attorney says!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

DAMA Dictionary of Data Management

The DAMA Dictionary of Data Management is a companion volume to the DMBOK© Guide. Originally developed as an extensive Glossary for the DMBOK© Guide, DAMA is publishing it separately due to its size and business value. Definitions for terms found in the Dictionary are consistent with their usage in the DMBOK© Guide. DAMA expects to publish the Dictionary of Data Management in 2007.

What's a DMBOK?

DAMA International and the DAMA Foundation is developing A Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK© Guide) document (pronounced Dee-emm-bock). A DMBOK Editorial Board has been formed as a working committee to guide development of the DMBOK© Guide and related publications, including a DAMA Dictionary of Data Management. The Editorial Board includes participation from local DAMA chapter members. DAMA members have volunteered to contribute and review drafts.

The entire body of knowledge about data management is quite large and constantly growing. DMBOK© Guide will provide a definitive introduction to data management. It will present a standard industry view of data management functions, terminology and best practices, without detailing specific methods and techniques. The DMBOK© Guide will not attempt to be a complete authority on any specific data management function, but will point readers to widely recognized publications, articles and websites for further reading. The DMBOK© Guide will introduce valid alternative views and industry accepted approaches where clear differences of opinion exist.

The goals of the DMBOK© Guide are:
1. To build consensus for a generally applicable view of data management functions.
2. To provide standard definitions for commonly used data management functions, deliverables, roles and other terminology.
3. To identify guiding principles for data management.
4. To overview commonly accepted good practices, widely adopted methods and techniques, and significant alternative approaches, without reference to specific technology vendors or their products.
5. To briefly identify common organizational and cultural issues.
6. To clarify the scope and boundaries of data management.
7. To guide readers to additional resources for further understanding.

Audiences for the DMBOK Guide include:
· Certified and aspiring data management professionals.
· Other IT professionals working with data management professionals.
· Business data stewards at all levels.
· Executives with an interest in managing data as an enterprise asset.
· Knowledge workers developing an appreciation of data as an enterprise asset.
· Consultants conducting assessments of client data management functions and helping to implement and improve data management at these clients.
· Educators responsible for developing and delivering a data management curriculum.
· Researchers in the field of data management.

DAMA foresees several potential uses of the DMBOK© Guide, including:
· Informing a diverse audience about the nature and importance of data management.
· Helping build consensus within the data management community.
· Helping data stewards and data professionals understand their responsibilities.
· Provide the basis for assessments of data management effectiveness and maturity.
· Guiding efforts to implement and improve data management functions.
· Pointing readers to additional sources of knowledge about data management.
· Guiding the development and delivery of data management curriculum content for higher education.
· Suggesting areas of further research in the field of data management.
· Helping data management professionals prepare for Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) exams.
· Assist organizations in their enterprise data strategy

The reference models for the DMBOK© Guide are the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) [1] document published by the Project Management Institute, and the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) [2] document published by the IEEE.

DAMA believes the DMBOK© Guide will be well received by managers, executives and the higher education community DAMA expects to publish the DMBOK© Guide in 2008.
[1] Trademark of the Project Management Institute
[2] Trademark of the IEEE