October 2013
Volume 2, Issue 1

Northwest's Premier Organization for Data Professionals


Usually, our summers' are pretty quiet, but this year we were busy! We put on a CDMP Bootcamp and hosted a complimentary event at Tableau for our members, with a good turnout. And it's starting to look like the rest of our year will just as exciting and informative, too!

New Venues for Our Chapter Meetings

As you've noticed, we are exploring different venues in Seattle to freshen things up a bit as well as having meetings on the Eastside to accommodate more of our members and guests. If you find that you really like or dislike any facility we use, we'd like to hear from you! Drop us a line (or two) at and let us know what your thinking.

Looking Ahead to October Events

This month we are proud to announce that Ron Fuller will be the speaking at our October Chapter Meeting. As you will notice from below, we will meet at a new venue for this event. It's at the Microsoft Store at University Village.The topic is: "The Object-Relational Impedance Mismatch and Its Impact on Information Quality".  

Summary: The object-relational impedance mismatch is a well-understood phenomenon that almost always results in poor database design.  The problem is not that databases are difficult to design well, but that writing code against a well-designed database is difficult.  Coding against a poorly designed database is much easier -- but as long as the end product meets the business requirement and passes user acceptance testing, it is seen as a success; at least for the time being.

In this session you will learn:

  • The technical, cultural and academic antecedents of bad database design and their impact on information quality
  • How the object-relational impedance mismatch is also a metaphor for the unnecessarily conflicting interests of the business and IT
  • How to "do the right thing" in an unmanaged environment, and how to encourage the business to help you do that
Ronald Fuller is a consultant in information management and teaches in the database program at Bellevue College.  He spent 6 years at Microsoft where he helped build the worlds first terabyte-size OLAP cube and initiated some of the earliest internal BI projects.  As an Army Reserve officer, he served as Deputy to the CTO for US Central Command, Directorate of Intelligence, and as Chief of Intelligence Systems for Afghanistan.  Ron’s professional interests include the historical and cultural factors impacting information quality and governance.  He lives in Redmond, WA with his wife Nicole and 4 children.

Event Detail for Chapter Meeting:


October 8, 2013


5:30 - 6:30 pm - Registration, Dinner Buffet and Networking
6:30 - 6:35 pm Chapter Announcements
6:35 - 8:00  pm Ron Fuller Presentation
8:00 - 8:30 pm Q&As


The Microsoft Store, University Village, 2624 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA, 98105 map


$25 for Members
$40 for Non-Members

Looking Back at September Events

We were very fortunate to host two meetings with John Zachman. To recap:
  • On September 24th, we had a wonderful dinner at the very nice Sheraton Bellevue with the largest turnout ever for a DAMA-PS Chapter Event! We listened to an excellent presentation from John Zachman on The Zachman Framework and how to use the Zachman Framework to solve General Management problems. It concluded by observing that The Zachman Framework can solve General Management problems without cost-justification, plus Enterprise Architecture can be iteratively and incrementally created.
  • On September 25th, we all met again to listen Mr. Zachman explain and demonstrate how The Zachman Framework defines the set of engineering design artifacts required for Enterprise with flexibility, integration, reusability, interoperability, and alignment. We also learned how the Framework is the knowledgebase for creating, operating, managing the Enterprise and constitutes the baseline for managing Enterprise change.



10/8/2013 - Ron Fuller to speak on "The Object-Relational Impedance Mismatch and its Impact on Information Quality" at the Microsoft Store at University Village,  2624 NE University Village Street in Seattle.

12/2013 - Christmas party


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Do you like meeting new people? Do you like helping out and working with people? Do you like taking a vision and making it a reality? If so, we're looking for you! Since we have changed our venue for our Chapter Meetings and Special Events, we need help with assisting our attendees with our changes, keeping networking flowing before the the sessions and other areas.

If this sounds interesting to you, contact Patricia at for more information.

John Zachman with our Co-VP of Membership, Mario Faria on 9/25


As organizations continue to look at data as an enterprise asset, the need to  put formal structure, policies, processes and people in place to protect and properly manage data assets becomes critical. One unique aspect of a data governance program is that it not only needs to be understood by those directly affected, but by the entire organization. This seems like an apparent statement, but there are a lot of pieces --  in addition to the data itself -- that need to be in place for a data governance program to be successful.

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