Society is sitting at the threshold of the most significant paradigm shift in the history of humankind. We've talked about the Information Age for years--but without a full realization of its significance or understanding of the fundamental principles of the information paradigm. A vision based only on information technology without addressing the cultural and management changes required will be flawed. Most organizations are not leveraging the full potential of their information technology, and some are squandering it to automate industrial-age paper trails. In the realized Information Age, effective organizations will fully exploit the value of their information and knowledge resources to both transform work and to "informate" their knowledge workers to entirely new levels of productivity. This productivity is facilitated by information and knowledge bases effectively designed and leveraged. To enter the realized Information Age, the enterprise must:

  • Value, plan, fund, manage and leverage all information and knowledge assets as strategic business resources.
  • Manage business activities across business value chains.
  • Build reusable information infrastructure and value-adding applications.
  • Define data consistently for all information stakeholders.
  • Minimize interfaces that simply move and transform data.
  • Capture information electronically at its source of knowledge orientation.
  • Hold process owners and business managers accountable for the data created and maintained by their processes.
  • Train management, information professionals, data producers and knowledge workers effectively.

Who will be the visionary "knowledge-preneurs" who will lead their enterprise out of the data legacy quagmire of unintelligent, undesigned, uncontrolled, unquality and underutilized and into the enlightened age of "informated" knowledge workers through leveraged information and knowledge bases and transformed work? Will the leaders be data management or application development? Or will the leadership come from business visionaries? Or will the leaders come from your competition? Become part of the knowledge revolution. Check out your local DAMA chapter.

DAMA Chapters and Events Calendar
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770- 551-9254, for meeting schedule.
Boston Call Kris Chatterjee, 617-985-3447, for meeting schedule.
British Columbia, Canada Call Peter Kho, 604-666-3027, or Kel Bahi, 604- 451-2700, for meeting schedule.
Canberra, Australia October 22-23: DAMA Australia 98, "Business is Data­Data is Business." Call Peter Bickerton, +061- 062447151, for meeting details.
Chicago Call Mike Frisch, 773-935-6175, for meeting schedule.
Connecticut Valley Call Marshall Dubaldo, 860-280-0633, for meeting schedule.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Ataur Rahman, 972-661- 3292, for meeting schedule.
Denver (Rocky Mountain) Contact Tim Forman, 303-932-7841, or Linda Taylor, ltaylor@platinum.com, for meeting schedule.
Houston Contact Mansukh Vaghela, 713-229-7321, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Chapter now forming. Contact Deb Williamson, weesoms@msn.com, for more information.
Kentucky Tri-State Chapter now forming. Contact Pat Heady, pat_heady@ b-f.com, for meeting schedule.
Los Angeles Contact Jim Swenson, ddajjs@hsa.com, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia August 18: Managing & Measuring Your Knowledge-Based Assets" (1 day workshop). Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100, for details.
Milwaukee Contact Jim Wisniewski, 608-267-7833, for details.
Minnesota September 12: Data Warehouse/Data Mining Tools Fair. Call Dawn Michels, 612- 665-4067, for details.
Nashville Chapter now forming. For more information, contact Dr. John Wasileski, wasileski@uansv3.vanderbilt.edu.
New Jersey Contact Davida Berger, 201-818- 8314, for meeting schedule.
New York (DAMA NY) July 30: "Data Warehouse Project Management," Sid Adelman. See www.dama-ny.com, for registration details.
New York (Northeast Region) Contact Alfred Persico, apersico@ix.netcom.com, for details.
North Carolina Research Triangle Call Joan Lin, 704-382-5140, for meeting schedule.
Ohio Call Dave Schoeff, 937- 294-8570, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia / Delaware Valley September 23: "Data Warehouse Audit and Control." Call Anne Marie Smith, 609-468- 6145, for details.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-756-6204, for meeting schedule. November 1-3: DAMA Fall Symposium. Check the symposium Web site, http://home.sprynet.c om/sprynet/danielew/DAMAZ.html, or contact Eve at elflores@srp.gov.
Portland Call Robin Stromholt, 503-321-8597, for meeting schedule.
Rochester Contact Toni Johnson, datacons@frontiernet.net, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Call Jeff Jacobs, 916-323-3104, x2957, for meeting schedule.
San Francisco Call Fred Turner, 415-659-4834, for meeting schedule.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se, for meeting dates and times.
Seattle Call Scott Harris, 253-502-2321, for meeting schedule.
St. Louis Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at www.damastlouis.org for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Robert Arnold,damasydney@poboxes.com, for meeting and event details.
Toronto, Canada (Toronto IRMAC) Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.com for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, DC. (National Capitol Region) Call Veena Bhatia, 202-708-9279, for meeting schedule.
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site, www.dama.org, for information about our Member-at-Large program. Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-551- 9254, for meeting dates and times.

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