San Francisco DAMA Newsletter

Data Management Association, Inc.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
268 Bush Street, Suite 2523
San Francisco, CA 94104
http://www.sfdama.org

January 2005 Newsletter

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DAMA Board

PRESIDENT
Dan Weller
APL, Limited
(510) 272-8126
president@sfdama.org

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Satwant Bal
Pacific Bell
(925) 867-6498
membership@sfdama.org

TREASURER
Francois Cartier
eModelers
(650) 588-2470
treasurer@sfdama.org

PROGRAM DIRECTORS
tbd

RESOURCE DIRECTOR
Lynn Johnston
Pacific Bell
(925) 823-9572
resources@sfdama.org

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Sheila Goodson
Wells Fargo Bank
(925) 686-7148
communications@sfdama.org

WEBMASTER
Thomas J. Gaffney
SCIF
webmaster@sfdama.org

DAMA DAY DIRECTOR
Wendy Wood
Pacific Bell
(925) 823-8042
damaday@sfdama.org

 


 

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Data Management Association

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

and

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

 

There will not be a meeting in January.

Look inside for lots of great details about the coming year.

 

 

"They are able because they think they are able.

- Virgil

Information Resource Management: Setting Standards for Excellence

DAMA DAY REVIEW

  

Another solid DAMA Day: Speakers with interesting, timely and important messages. Thanks to all who attended and helped and we're already looking forward to next year. We're looking for a new location since the building at 370 3rd in SF is being sold. If you have a suitable location that we could use please contact Wendy at ww1693@sbc.com.

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President's Message

  

Happy holidays everyone.
This might be a good time to look back at what we did in 2004 and take a peek at some of our 2005 plans.

MEETING LOCATIONS
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We will continue to have our meeting at members’ offices. This saves us a lot of money and it allows some of the meetings to be conducted in different geographical areas. Speaking of different areas, we are hoping to spread the meetings between downtown SF, Oakland, the east bay, and the peninsula.

DAMA DAY
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This year’s DAMA Day was another great success. The speakers were all very informative, we had a great audience, the food was good, and it was nice to renew old acquaintances and to make new ones. I would like to thank Wendy Wood and her helpers for coordinating this event. It takes a lot of time and effort to plan and execute DAMA Day. I would also like to thank our vendor sponsors. Their presence supplemented the diversity of the day and their financial contributions helped defray some of the expenses. Please consider these vendors if you are in the market for any of the products and services that they offer.

MEMBERSHIP
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Our paid membership has grown quite a bit in 2004. This is a nice reversal of a trend of diminishing membership.


MONTHLY MEETING TOPICS
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As you may know, we were unable to fill the Program Director position this year. As a result, we had to rely on more vendor presentations than we normally do.

For 2005, the board has decided to focus our monthly topics on a “back to basics” theme. We are soliciting presentations from our membership and are planning on having some general discussions on such things as standards and tool selection.

Also, we have experienced that our July and September meeting are consistently poorly attended because of the proximity to July 4 and to Labor Day. We are therefore going to skip those months next yeaR.

2004- 2005 BOARD ELECTIONS
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As you may know, we were unable to fill the Program Director position this year. As a result, we had to rely on more vendor presentations than we normally do.

We will be having our annual elections at the March meeting. The board member term is from April through March. This year we have several board openings:

President:

  • Act as coordination point for activities of all board members
  • Preside over monthly chapter meetings
  • Open and close meeting
  • Present monthly business
  • Schedule and preside over chapter board meetings
  • Determine and delegate special projects such as:
    • Surveys
    • Consultant Directory
    • Membership Profile
    • DAMA brochure
      • Serve as a clearinghouse for outside requests
      • Represent chapter to DAMA International
      • Provide input to monthly newsletter when appropriate

Program Director:

  • Arranges for speakers and discussion participants.
  • Ensures that the speakers have details of the meeting location and of the meeting agenda.
  • (Normally,) introduces the speaker and presents the speaker with a small gift at the end of the program. Also hosts a lunch after the program.
  • Works with DAMA International in coordinating speaker tours.

Membership Director:

Distributes invoices for annual membership renewals. Tracks payments and sends out timely delinquent notices.

  • Provides periodic membership statistics to the board.
  • Maintains the chapter membership database (skills with Microsoft Access will be helpful here).
  • Keeps DAMA International’s membership database updated with SF DAMA changes.
  • Actively seeks new corporate and individual memberships.
  • Replies to all requests for information about DAMA memberships

Communications Director:

  • Prepares and publishes the monthly newsletter
  • Communicates special announcements to the membership, such as DAMA Day brochures
  • Maintains the SFDAMA.org web site
  • Manages enhancements to the chapter web site (the director may make the changes directly or may coordinate knowledgeable volunteers who change the site)

Treasurer:

  • Set-up and maintain DAMA accounts
  • Prepare annual budget and regular budget reports
  • Prepare regular Profit and Loss statements
  • Reimburse monthly meeting host for refreshments
  • Reimburse members for expenses
  • Pay annual DAMA International chapter fees


Please contact me if you are interested in any of these positions or if you would like to discuss what the jobs entail. I encourage everyone to consider becoming a board member: the work is interesting, rewarding, and you get to work with some really great people.


OTHER RESOURCES

- Business Intelligence Tutorial by IBM - This tutorial provides an end-to-end guide for typical business intelligence tasks. It has two main sections: data warehousing and multidimensional data analysis.

- DM Review magazine - http://www.dmrview.com

- DAMA International - http://www.dama.org

- Data Administration Newsletter - http://www.tdan.com

- Data Modeling - http://www.datamodel.org

- Data Warehousing - http://www.datawarehousing.com

- General data administration discussion group that have over 500 members. There are hundreds of topics available for browsing or you can start your own thread. - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dm-discusss

- Modeling tool specific discussion groups along with a generic data modeling discussion area. - http://www.InfoAdvisors.com/userlists.htm

- Real-World Decision Support (TWDS) Newsletter -- http://www.ewsolutions.com/Newsletter.asp

- Ron Ross' Business Rules Journal - http://www.brcommunity.com -

SACRAMENTO VALLEY DAMA CHAPTER - http://www.damasac.org

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2004 SF DAMA Meetings Schedule
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All meetings start at 8:30 a.m. and are at the following location unless otherwise noted.)

Date

Topic / Location

February 2, 2005

Metadata Management 2005, Gavilan Research Associates (GRA)

 

March 2, 2005

Elections
Shadow IT and What To Do About It, Neil Raden

April 6, 2005

Dimensions of an Enterprise, Francois Cartier

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