This month's column is contributed by Larry Dziedzic, past president of DAMA International.

Dave Hay, a noted data management author and speaker, once commented at a DAMA New Jersey meeting that there is really nothing new in data management - just new ways to look at it. His statement got a round of applause from some and a few looks indicating that he might be off his rocker from others. I was one of those applauding. I believed then, and still believe now there are really few things new in data management (DM), just different ways of looking at them. What has changed is the "spin" that new methodologies and software tools are placing on DM.

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