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Data Resource Simplexity - Michael Brackett

  • May 10, 2011
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Best Western Executive Inn - 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle


  • Includes keynote presentation, dinner and materials. Current DAMA-PS membership required.
  • Includes keynote presentation, dinner and materials. Discounts available for DAMA-PS members.
  • Includes keynote presentation and materials.

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Data Resource Simplexity - How Organizations Choose Data Resource Success or Failure

Please join us for a presentation
from our very own Honarary DAMA-PS Member Michael Brackett! 

The data resource in most public and private sector organizations has become quite disparate—complex—and is not meeting the organization’s business information demand.  The data resource needs to be comparate—simple—so that it adequately meets both the current and future business information demand.   The task of developing a comparate data resource not easy, but it is far from impossible!

  • Step 1: Understand why an organization’s data resource goes disparate, and then stop creating any further disparity. 
  • Step 2: Resolve the existing disparity.  

Both tasks are relatively simple to accomplish, although very detailed.  Data Resource Simplexity addresses the first step by explaining why the data resource becomes so complex and what can be done to make it simpler. The word ‘simplexity’ denotes the development of a simple—comparate—data resource from a complex—disparate—data resource.  It emphasizes simplicity rather than complexity. The data resource doesn’t decide on its own whether it will be simple or complex. The organization chooses to allow it to become complex through lack of management or to become simple through formal management.

Data Resource Simplexity steps through the factors that lead to a disparate data resource, the factors that lead to a comparate data resource, and the basics of formal data resource management.  It continues with both the architectural and the cultural principles for developing a comparate data resource.  It concludes with an explanation of the management issues and the need for a formal, certified, recognized, and respected data management profession. The presentation will be beneficial to anyone involved with developing or using the organization’s data resource, whether a business professional or a data management professional.  It is applicable to all levels from manager to technician.
Join us for an informative evening!

Michael Brackett retired from the State of Washington in June, 1996, where he was the State's Data Resource Coordinator.  He was responsible for developing the State’s common data architecture that spans multiple jurisdictions, such as state agencies, local jurisdictions, Indian tribes, public utilities, and Federal agencies, and includes multiple disciplines, such as water resource, growth management, and criminal justice.  He is the founder of Data Resource Design and Remodeling and is a Consulting Data Architect specializing in developing integrated data resources.

Mr. Brackett has been in the data management field for nearly 50 years, during which time he developed many innovative concepts and techniques for designing applications and managing data resources.  He is the originator of the Common Data Architecture concept, the Data Resource Management Framework, the data naming taxonomy and data naming vocabulary, the Five-Tier Five-Schema concept, the data rule concept, the Business Intelligence Value Chain, the data resource data concept, the architecture-driven data model concept, and many new techniques for understanding and integrating disparate data.

Mr. Brackett has written six books on the topics of application design, data design, and common data architectures.  His books Data Sharing Using a Common Data Architecture and The Data Warehouse Challenge: Taming Data Chaos explain the concept and uses of a common data architecture for developing an integrated data resource. Data Resource Quality: Turning Bad Habits into Good Practices explains how to stop the creation of disparate data.  The current book on Data Resource Simplexity is about an approach to data resource management that avoids the creation of disparate data.

Mr. Brackett has a BS in Forestry (Forest Management) and a MS in Forestry (Botany) from the University of Washington, and a MS in Soils (Geology) from Washington State University.  He was a charter member and is an active member of DAMA-PS, the Seattle Chapter of DAMA International established in 1985.  He saw the formation of DAMA National in 1986 and DAMA International in 1988.  He served as Vice President of Conferences for DAMA International; as the President of DAMA International for 2000 through 2003; and as Past President of DAMA International for 2004 and 2005.  He was the founder and first President of the DAMA International Foundation, an organization established for developing a formal data resource management profession, and is currently Past President of the DAMA International Foundation.  He was Production Editor of the DAMA-DMBOK released in April, 2009.

Mr. Brackett received DAMA International’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for his work in data resource management.  He taught Data Design and Modeling in the Data Resource Management Certificate Program at the University of Washington, and has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Washington State University and The Evergreen State College.

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