Kaoru Ishikawa, the early Japanese quality guru said, "Speak with data."1 Well, the data is in – and it doesn't look good. According to a survey of 120 information professionals at the DAMA-I/Meta-Data Conference in Anaheim, March 2001, today's data administration, DRM or IRM (data or information resource management), appears to have failed to accomplish even the most basic objectives. Out of ten basic objectives of information resource management, not one was accomplished by a majority of the respondents. Only one objective was accomplished by more than one-third of the respondents, and that was only 40 percent. The good news is that five respondents stated they had accomplished at least seven of the objectives. The bad news is that represents only four percent of the 120 survey respondents. Furthermore, only 15 percent had met as many as half of the ten objectives.

This column addresses a part of the survey results and analysis. The complete results and analysis may be found at www.infoimpact.com by selecting the IQ Resources button and then selecting the "Newsletters and Articles" section. If you would like to participate in the ongoing survey, select the "IRM Survey" button on the home page.

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