San Francisco DAMA Newsletter
Data Management Association, Inc.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
268 Bush Street, Suite 2523
San Francisco, CA 94104

May 2005 Newsletter
[directions] [presentation] [notices] [resource corner] [schedule]
DAMA Board

Wendy Wood
Pacific Bell
(925) 823-8042

Gayathri Raman
(650) 303-3186

Francois Cartier
(650) 588-2470

Mehmet Orun
(650) 225-5221

Lynn Johnston
Pacific Bell
(925) 823-9572

Thomas Gaffney
State Compensation Insurance Fund
(415) 581-4495


Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at:

SBC San Francisco

370 Third Street, EMBARC Room
San Francisco, CA


8:30 - 9:00
 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15
 Welcoming Remarks

9:15 - 10:15
  Processes, Metadata, and Ontologies:
  Solutions to Understand, Document,
  and Automate the Enterprise

  Tony Dymond Ph.D.,

  Dymond and Associates, LLC

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:45
 Continued Presentation

11:45 - 12:00
 Questions and Wrap-Up

12:00 - Lunch
 Restaurant (to be announced at the meeting)

"They are able because they think they are able."
Information Resource Management: Setting Standards for Excellence


Directions To This Month's Meeting:

370 Third Street, EMBARC Room
San Francisco, CA

From the East Bay:
Take the Harrison St exit on the left toward Embarcadero, Turn left onto Harrison St.,
Turn right onto 3rd St.

From the Peninsula:
Take I-80 E towards Bay Bridge/Oakland/Seventh St/US-101N, Merge onto I-80E, Take the
Fourth St. exit towards Embarcadero, Merge onto Bryant St, Turn left onto 3rd St.

Exit the Montgomery BART station. SBC is three blocks south of Market

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Processes, Metadata, and Ontologies: Solutions to Understand, Document, and Automate the Enterprise

Presentation Abstract:

A long-term interest in metadata, ontologies, and process automation has led to the development of a new software application. Companies are realizing that their value lies in their knowledge just as much as in their book assets and that managing knowledge as an asset has real ROI. Metadata and ontologies can ably describe the entities in the real world and the relationships between them. Business Process Management (BPM) is able to describe a dynamic process and create an executable process model. Combined, these capture and document an enterprise, making information available and allowing real time business decisions and business activity monitoring. The software has been successfully demonstrated in a biotech drug production environment.

This DAMA presentation will use data table production as an example to describe processes, metadata, and ontologies. Current approaches and some suggested improvements will be discussed. We will also introduce the idea of the "knowledge warehouse" as an analogy to the data warehouse, and discuss the organization of a knowledge space.

Speaker Biography:

Tony Dymond is president of his second successful startup company, Dymond and Associates, LLC. His first company, Biomedical Monitoring Systems, Inc., invented and produced medical devices and eventually was acquired by an NYSE-listed corporation.

Dymond and Associates provides enterprise consulting services, taking advantage of Tony's dual expertise in technology and management. His company has worked with clients in government, telecommunications, finance, and biotech in both domestic and international markets. Projects have included client team development, data warehousing, data mining, metadata, processes automation, and decision support.

Tony holds a doctorate in biophysics from UCLA. He has worked in a variety of medical management positions, eventually becoming the CIO of a $2.2B health-care system. This position brought some unique challenges, such as exploring extensive internal, federal, and state databases to advise management regarding the opening and closing of programs and facilities and reassigning of resources. A number of scorecards were also developed to optimize staff and program performance.

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Program Director Opening
The SF DAMA Board still has an opening for the DAMA Day director position. The duties of this position include:
  • Arrange speakers for DAMA Day meeting.
  • Arrange for catering for the DAMA Day meeting.
  • Manage a team of helpers for registration.
This is a very important and interesting job. Please contact Wendy ( if you are interested.

DAMA International Symposium & Wilshire Meta Data Conference will be: May 22 - 26, 2005, Orlando, Florida. I highly encourage attendance at this event. This is the biggest and most comprehensive conference dedicated to our profession. The things that you learn from the classes, presentations, and from networking are invaluable.

Click Here For Conference Information

Dan Weller will be representing me at the semiannual Presidents Council meeting at the symposium. This is a meeting of all of the chapter Presidents where we share topics of common interest. Thank you Dan!!

And I want to thank all the 2005 board members for their help in past years and in the coming year.

Wendy Wood
President, SF DAMA, 2005

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2005 SF DAMA Meetings Schedule
(All meetings start at 8:30 a.m. and are at the following location unless otherwise noted.)
Date Topic / Presenter / Location
June 1, 2005 Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance and Data Management

Frank Toms, Senior Consultant, Data Advantage, Inc. and
Walter Moeller, Senior Consultant, Principle Partners, Inc.

Genentech, South San Francisco, CA
July 6, 2005 No Meeting Scheduled

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