DAMA International (DAMA-I) is developing a Strategic Direction Statement to guide its activities for the next several years. As I mentioned in the July column, DAMA-I has become the premier professional organization for data professionals worldwide. We feel that our role as a premier professional organization is to lead the data management discipline toward maturity. The Strategic Direction Statement outlines the initiatives necessary to perform that role. Here is a brief look at some of those initiatives.

The most frequent comment I hear about DAMA is that we need to get more businesspeople involved in managing data as a critical resource and provide better support to business activities. Greater business involvement in data management will be a primary initiative in our strategic direction.

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