Jon William Toigo announced the creation of the Data Management Institute, a membership organization to establish a professional identity for those who administer, manage and design data storage infrastructure for their organizations. The Data Management Institute will provide a location for end users to share their problems and solutions in day-to-day storage operations and compare experiences with specific storage products implemented in their shops. The institute will also offer a training and certification program designed to educate and empower IT workers who specialize in data management and storage administration.

Toigo will serve as acting Chairman until the organization becomes self- sustaining, at which time it will be a membership-driven, end-user organization.

The Data Management Institute is the second of two companies launched by Toigo this week, with the other being Toigo Partners International LLC, a new IT research and analysis firm that adopts a “demand-side” rather than a “supply-side” perspective on technologies such as storage. According to Toigo, the two companies are synergistic and form the foundations for a consumer movement in the data storage field.

Toigo said that the need for a formal professional identity for data management is underscored by the singular characteristics of storage technology and the importance of data to organizations. “Outside of trained personnel,” he said, “data is an organization’s most irreplaceable asset. Moreover, storage technology represents for many companies the single most expensive IT budget line item. And yet, those charged with operating, managing and protecting data and its storage platforms are rarely acknowledged or compensated in a manner that reflects the importance of their work.”

DMI will work to foster the recognition of data management as the important and unique discipline that it is. That effort will be provided in the form of a cost-effective training and certification program, periodic educational forums and conferences, and on-going reports and newsletters intended to maintain skills and knowledge as technologies change and new best practices emerge.

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