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Data Management and Data Administration: Assessing 25 Years of Practice

Data Management and Data Administration: Assessing 25 Years of Practice
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Author(s): Peter Aiken (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA), Mark Gillenson (University of Memphis, USA), Xihui Zhang (University of North Alabama, USA) and David Rafner (Richmond Group Fund Co., Ltd., USA)
Copyright: 2011
Volume: 22
Issue: 3
Pages: 22
Source title: Journal of Database Management (JDM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Keng Siau (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)
DOI: 10.4018/jdm.2011070102


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Data management (DM) has existed in conjunction with software development and the management of the full set of information technology (IT)-related components. However, it has been more than two decades since research into DM as it is practiced has been published. In this paper, the authors compare aspects of DM across a quarter-century timeline, obtaining data using comparable sets of subject matter experts. Using this information to observe the profession’s evolution, the authors have updated the understanding of DM as it is practiced, giving additional insight into DM, including its current responsibilities, reporting structures, and perceptions of success, among other factors. The analysis indicates that successfully investing in DM presents current, real challenges to IT and organizations. Although DM is evolving away from purely operational responsibilities toward higher-level responsibilities, perceptions of success have fallen. This paper details the quarter-century comparison of DM practices, analyzes them, and draws conclusions.

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