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Nurturing a community of data professionals in the UK who champion the value of data management
CDMP certification is an indication of knowledge, skills and experience in Data Management. This year we are actively promoting CDMP certification in a drive to boost professionalism across the UK, and we are committed to making it as accessible as possible while maintaining a high standard.
In January we ran the first of 3 CDMP boot camps in Reading for 20 attendees, all of whom passed the exam. The next two boot camps will be held in Birmingham in September and in Liverpool in November with 20 places available for each course. Keep an eye on our website; once we have confirmed dates and venue, we will be accepting bookings on a first come, first served basis.
These sessions are aimed at data management professionals who already have a good understanding of the DAMA DMBoK as well as several years of practical experience of working with and managing data. The aim is not to teach data management, but to prepare data management professionals for the exam. The trainer is CDMP Fellow and DAMA International VP for Professional Development Chris Bradley. Chris lead the development of the current CDMP exams, so there is no one better qualified than him to prepare candidates for the exams.
In order to make certification as accessible as possible, we are running these courses at cost and we do not aim to make a profit. The cost will be £525 for DAMA UK members and £575 to non-members; the £50 difference is the price of a year’s membership, so we hope to encourage non-members to join. The price includes the exam fee (US$311) for the Data Management Fundamentals exam which is taken in the afternoon of the second day.
For more information on the CDMP exams see CDMP Information
By Nicola Askham
Architecting Accountability – Making Data Governance & Data Architecture Work Together
I’m Lisa Allen, I’m a committee member of DAMA UK since 2017. DAMA UK is part of a global community of Data Management Professionals.
The committee are all data professionals. Between us we have years of experience in managing data. We volunteer our time to build and nurture a data community in the UK. Data is fundamental to all our lives both personally and at work. With technology advancements, there are exciting things you can do with data. From machine learning to self-driving cars. What they have in common is they all need data; well-managed, good quality data. Many hours are wasted through poor quality data and money is wasted through inefficient processes, not to mention the legal ramifications in some cases of not looking after data! That’s where we come in. We bring together data specialists across the UK and across data disciplines. Sharing best practice, industry experience and approaches to manage your data to maximise efficiency and deliver outcomes.
Once a year the DAMA UK committee get together to discuss how we did last year and plan for next. Here’s a summary of what we discussed at this year’s meeting. From our review we found 2019 was a great year. We ran nine face to face events. Connecting data management professionals across England, Scotland and Wales. We had over 250 attend our face to face events. Our webinars went down a storm, with creating a Data Strategy the most popular. If you missed any of these, they are available on our Bright talk channel. We launched a new website with much improved functionality to help our members. We are adding to this all the time based on your feedback.
So what does 2020 have in store? At today’s committee meeting we had a strong focus on professionalising data management. It’s our desire to help more people become Certified Data Management Professionals (CDMP). We want to raise standards and show the importance of the data profession and what we all do. Next week we are running our first boot camp on data management fundamentals with those passing obtaining the status of a Certified Data Management Professional. The great news is this course is sold out and we have a waiting list! We are certainly seeing the demand and are looking at arranging courses for later in the year, so keep a watch out. We also discussed how to ensure data management fundamentals are included in University courses and expose a new generation to the discipline. We want the data scientist of tomorrow to have great data to start with, not waste time finding or cleaning data, but putting their skills to best effect.
We also discussed ensuring we have full UK coverage and a broad range of skills. Therefore, we are currently seeking volunteers with a marketing background as well as someone from Scotland or Northern Ireland. You will need to have the available time to help the committee as well as a genuine interest DAMA UK. If you are interested, please send your details to email@example.com
And finally, any committee meeting wouldn’t be complete without planning a number of face to face meetings and webinars. This year we are looking at a range of topics spanning metadata management, data governance to career paths and gender balance in data. Keep an eye on the website for more information on these. And if you’re a DAMA UK member with a burning issue or idea you’d like to discuss, let us know. You’ll find us on Twitter @DAMAUK LinkedIn and at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was an enjoyable day; collaborating across data disciplines and sectors all with the aim of building a community of data management professionals of today and inspiring the next generation to join.
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