Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) vendors are targeting mid-sized organizations as their next growth area. This presents an opportunity for data management professionals to help organizations confront ERP properly armed with organization-specific, fact-based knowledge about ERP implementation. In particular, DAMA's strong ties to the academic community can help organizations successfully assess and guide ERP implementation, drawing on proven expertise and a synergistic opportunity with universities.

Much of the expertise in ERP has been held by relatively few organizations. There has been little accessible, research-based ERP guidance. Still, we have all heard the horror stories of an ERP gone out of control! Simultaneously, however, some organizations are reaping significant benefits from ERP by investing millions (or tens of millions) of dollars. Organizations are looking for information that will make their projects successful and help them to avoid an out-of- control ( or even an overly expensive) implementation.

Public and private organizations are demanding increasing numbers of employees who understand the tenets and complexities of the ERP environment. They are relying on this internal ERP literacy to help them interact with both the consulting organizations as well as the ERP vendors. They want employees who know the business to help with the ERP evaluation/decision making, organizational readiness assessment, implementation planning, implementation and post- implementation activities

In response, universities are increasing their ERP offerings around the country. (In my home state of Virginia, three public universities, including my own, recently began offering ERP as part of the curricula.) DAMA members can play several supportive roles in this situation: be proactive in distributing accepted, scientifically gathered ERP research information; provide valuable advice and expertise to their own organizations when facing ERP issues; help faci litate the introduction of real-world experiences into high school and college classrooms as guest lecturers or adjunct faculty (most faculty love guest lecturers!); offer students the opportunity to learn more about ERP as part of classroom activities, independent studies and thesis and doctoral research.

Students are also becoming interested in ERP as a career field. I recently advised an undergraduate student signing up with an ERP services provider with a $100,000 signing bonus!

Working together with faculty, DAMA can play a valuable role as organizations are increasingly exposed to ERP.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
Austin/San Antonio Chapter now forming! Contact Attila Finta,, for more information.
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-392-0456, for meeting schedule.
Boston January 10: Graeme Simsion. Email Kris Chatterjee,, for meeting schedule.
Brisbane, Australia Contact Paul Fendley,, for meeting schedule.
British Columbia, Canada Call Peter Kho, 604-666-3027, or e-mail
Canberra, Australia E-mail Rob Smith-Roberts,, for meeting details.
Carolina E-mail Doug McCurry,, for meeting schedule.
Chicago January 20: Graeme Simsion. Brett Champlin,, for meeting schedule, or visit
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule.
(Rocky Mountain)
January 24: Graeme Simsion. Contact Janet Schoen, 303-758-3030, ext. 209 for meeting schedule or visit
Houston January 27: Graeme Simsion. Contact Sabrina York, 281-997-0613, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Contact Erik J. Brokaw, 816-774-7425, for more information.
Kentucky Tri-State Contact Pat Lavigne, 502-774-7425, for more information.
London Chapter now forming! Contact Brett Champlin,, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harenburg,, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100, or< /A> or for details.
Minnesota Janaury 19: Graeme Simsion. Call Dawn Michels, 651-486-4626, for meeting schedule.
Nashville Contact Bryan Jones, 615-748-1421, for meeting schedule.
New Jersey January 13: Graeme Simsion. Visit for chapter information.
New York City January 20: Larry English, "Y2K Resolution: Improving Information Quality to Eliminate Future Y2K Problems." Please see or call 212 439-0063 for meeting details.
New York
(Northeast Region)
January 11: Graeme Simsion. E-mail or call 516-221-5560 for meeting details.
North Florida Chapter now forming! Contact Susan E. Stelzmann,, for more information.
Contact Mark Wysong,, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. C all 610-690-1653 or visit ly.htm for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766-5486, or visit for meeting schedule.
Portland January 25: Graeme Simsion. Call Rita Wheeler, 503-321-6495, for meeting schedule or visit
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact David P. James,, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Valley Call Nabil Fares, 916-657-6083,, for meeting schedule or visit
San Francisco Bay Area Call Rose Romero, 415-394-0900, for details.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, 46-8-80-22-40, or for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) January 26: Graeme Simsion. Contact Corey Smith,, for meeting schedule or visit
Spain Chapter now forming! Contact Jesus Luengo,, for more information.
St. Louis January 18: Graeme Simsion. Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Anthony Popple,, or +61-2-9211-6200 for meeting and event details.
Topeka Chapter now forming! Contact Dan Roehler, 785- 291-3477, for more information.
Toronto, Canada
January 17: Graeme Simsion. Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capitol Region)
January 12: Graeme Simsion. Contact Jim Carpenter,, or or call DAMA-NCR headquarters at 703-442-8780.
Wisconsin January 21: Graeme Simsion. Contact Cathy Stacy,, for meeting details.

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