We are all used to working in an environment of change, but the pace of change in the IT industry today is unprecedented! The catalyst of this change is the Internet and the new opportunities that it presents. What does this mean to the role of the data administrator? This month, Clive Finkelstien, widely recognized as the "Father of Information Engineering" (and DAMA International Advisor), gives us his perspective.

The only thing stable today is CHANGE itself. But if you have redundant data, you also have redundant processes to keep each of those redundant data versions up to date. This seriously inhibits change. When data is structured non-redundantly, many of these redundant processes disappear. The way an organization operates when it must keep all redundant data versions up to date and consistent is quite different from the way it should operate with only one valid version of data which, when updated, is available to all who are authorized to access it.

The data administrator's role is vital in achieving integrated, non-redundant databases that can be shared throughout the enterprise. This leads to simpler business processes, with reengineered processes that focus on customers--and that can take advantage of the new business opportunities that emerge from a cross-functional emphasis.

New reengineering opportunities will emerge from immediate access to customers and suppliers via the Internet. But this also means that the chaos of redundant data that exists in most enterprises will now be visible to the world!

So how should your organization operate when your customers have immediate access with the click of a mouse to you and to your competitors? If your organization cannot meet the needs of those customers, they will leave you just as fast--also with a click of a mouse--and go to your competitors! The role of data administration has never been so important for success in business as it will be in the coming competitive Armageddon.


ATLANTA Call Carol Knight, 770- 551-9254, for meeting schedule
BOSTON Call Kris Chatterjee, 617-985-3447, for meeting schedule.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA New chapter! Contact Paul Fendley, fendleyp@exchange.lands.qld.gov.au , for more information.
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 Data­ Data 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 schedule.
ITALY Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it, for 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 Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100, for details
MILWAUKEE Contact Jim Wisniewski, 608-267-7833, for details.
MINNESOTA September 12: SData Warehouse/Data Mining Tools Fair. Call Dawn Michels, 612- 665-4067, for details.
NASHVILLE Chapter now forming. Contact Dr. John Wasileski, wasileski@uansv3.vanderbilt.edu, for more information.
NEW JERSEY September 10: Data Warehouse Day, Modeling for the Data Warehouse, Tom Haughey & Art Taylor. October 8: Enterprise Architecture, Carol Delbene. November 12: Data Quality Panel and Tool Discussion. Contact Davida Berger, 201-818-8314, for details.
NEW YORK Please see: www.dama-ny.com, for registration details.
NEW YORK (NORTHEAST REGION) Object Symposium, Ivar Jacobson. 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 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.com/sprynet/danielew/DAMAZ.html or contact Eve at elflores@srp.gov .
PORTLAND Call Robin Stromholt, 503-321-8597, for meeting schedule.
ROCHESTER/UPSTATE NEW YORK Contact Toni Johnson, datacons@frontiernet.net, for meeting schedule.
SACRAMENTO Call Jeff Jacobs, 916-323-3104, x2957, for meeting schedule.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA September 2: Data Quality and Reverse Data Engineering, Mike Scofield. October 7: Problem Definition Techniques, Steve Marcus. 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 schedule.
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 (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.


  • Data Warehouse Symposium
  • October 5- 7, 1998, Denver
  • $100 discount
  • (888) 474- 9449 or www.intelsols.com
  • Repositories And Meta Data
  • December 1-3, 1998, Philadelphia
  • 10% discount
  • (908) 204-0900 or
  • www.dbdsolutions.com

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