Wednesday, April 4, 2007

DMBOK Framework Paper, Version 2

Version 1.0 of the DMBOK© Functional Framework was approved by the DAMA Executive Board in April 2006, and posted on the website in July 2006. Over 1000 people from around the world have downloaded the Framework paper over the past eight months.

During that time, changes have been made to the framework in the course of developing the DMBOK© Guide.

In particular, the following data management functions have been renamed:
* Data Stewardship & Governance has been renamed to simply Data Governance, in recognition of data stewardship activities and responsibilities across all nine functions
* Data Architecture & Design has been renamed to Data Architecture, Analysis & Design, to more fully describe the data modeling and specification activities.
* Database Administration has been renamed to Database Management, to more clearly separate the function from the database administrator role, given other roles participate in the Database Management function.
* Data Quality Improvement has been renamed to Data Quality Management, reflecting the broader scope of the activities within the function.
* Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence has been renamed to Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence Management, to more clearly indicate the function includes the development and support activities that enable business intelligence and does not include the business intelligence activities performed by knowledge workers.
* Unstructured Data Management has been renamed to Document, Record & Content Management, in recognition that data residing outside of databases may still exist within some degree of structure.
* Metadata Management has been renamed to Meta Data Management, in respect to trademark restrictions.

The presentation sequence of these nine functions has been changed as well:
* Data Quality Management was moved before Reference & Master Data Management, recognizing Reference & Master Data Management as a specialized form of Data Quality Management.
* Reference & Master Data Management was moved before Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence Management, recognizing its focus on data integration for operational databases which then provide the sources for data warehousing.
* Meta Data Management was moved to the ninth position, reflecting its foundational role in providing the infrastructure for other data management functions.

The following environmental elements have also been renamed:
* Goals & Objectives has been renamed to Goals & Principles, recognizing
1) The DMBOK© Guide will offer directional goals for each function but not specific objectives. Objectives reflect the current measurable targets of a particular organization.
2) Principles have been included with Goals, moving up from Practices to an earlier presentation position
* Process & Activities has been renamed to just Activities, recognizing that functions and activities are two types of processes.
* Principles & Practices has been renamed to Practices & Techniques, reflecting the grouping of Principles with Goals.
* Organizational & Cultural Issues has been renamed to Organization & Culture.

In addition, more detailed activities, deliverables and roles have been identified. These details should prove useful to managers, data stewards and data management professionals while the DMBOK© Guide is under development.

Finally, much of the longer introduction to the first version of the paper has been removed. While appropriate in the paper’s original form as a proposal to the DAMA Executive Board, the longer introduction is no longer necessary for the current audience of this paper – DAMA members and other parties interested in the contents of the DMBOK© Framework, and in using it to guide their organization’s data management initiatives.

Version 2.0 of the DMBOK Framework paper will soon be posted on the website.

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