For the aspiring Data Management Professional, or indeed for anyone involved in framing or executing a data project, DAMA International (dama.org) and this book the “Data Management Body of Knowledge v2” is an excellent starting point. It lays out 10 Knowledge areas all...See more
For the aspiring Data Management Professional, or indeed for anyone involved in framing or executing a data project, DAMA International (dama.org) and this book the “Data Management Body of Knowledge v2” is an excellent starting point. It lays out 10 Knowledge areas all linked by a central theme of Data Governance that offer a broader context in which to think about your change. Those elements are: • Data Architecture • Data Modeling and Design • Data Storage & Operations • Data Security • Data Integration & Interoperability • Document & Content Management • Reference & Master data • Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence • Metadata • Data Quality Each chapter has a standard layout with the following sections: • Introduction • Activities • Tools • Techniques • Implementation Guidelines • Governance approach • Recommended Reading There is always a challenge in this kind of framework between outlining ‘what to do’ but stopping short of the voluminous, technical and perhaps constantly changing content of ‘how to do it’. Many frameworks do not set out to address the latter. This book does delve into a number of detailed approaches which I think is useful to the reader who wants as much as possible in one place. However this adds to the challenge of the less technical audience so if you are in the second group then some judicious skimming might be in order. Equally, if your project if of a particular type, then you might be able to dispense with one or two other chapters…for example if you have a Metadata project then perhaps the DW&BI chapter is superfluous. That said I would certainly recommend a look at general issues like Data Architecture and Data Quality just to ensure you are not missing anything. Overall I found the quality and consistency of the content pretty high..there are one or two quibbles in a couple of other reviews but not material to my mind. The areas I did find worthy of comment were as follows: I say 10 Knowledge Areas because that is how many elements there are on the ‘Wheel’ infographic, but in fact they are additional chapters: • Data Handling Ethics • Big Data and Data Science • Data Management Maturity Assessment • Data Management Organisation and Role Expectations • Data Management and Organization Change Management No explanation is given as to why these elements don’t make it onto the ‘Wheel’ graphic. Perhaps the last 3 could be classified as project hygiene but Big Data is every bit a part of the current data conversation as BI, and I get the feeling Data Ethics will be front and centre of many projects in the coming years. Second, and inevitably, DAMA and the book reinforce the need for a Chief Data Officer, just as every other organisation claim the need for CxO. This is good news for office furniture makers as the market for boardroom chairs expands, but the fragmentation of CIO/CTO/CISO/CDO/etc is potentially very confusing. People just end up looking at one another whilst the ball rolls off under the sofa. I would focus on the tasks, and simply engaging with the business, rather than hiring a new senior tourist of a manager. Finally, I like the Data Management Principles, and the attempt to structure a sensible conversation around vacuous ‘value of data’ or ‘data is the new oil’ statements. (Do you mean buried in the ground and covered by anti-fracking laws?). However, I find it a little curious that the opening reference (page 17) quotes a piece of research from Evans and Price back in 2012: “Few organisations actively manage data as an asset from which they can derive ongoing value”. That may have been true then and may still be true now…but surely there has been a lot of work done both by organisations and academics since 2012, not least by Evans and Price themselves. I would have thought a more up to date, more authoritative piece of follow up research could have been the opening paragraph, if only to highlight the work DAMA have done and the work that still needs to be done. Last quibble…I couldn’t find a Kindle version which is anathema to me now. The hard copy is £50 but there is a free trial on O’Reilly that the casual browser might look at first. The quibbles are minor…overall a very useful resource - well done all contributors.