Xodiac is an authorized DCAM partner
Feb 25, 2019
Varinder S Sembhi

Xodiac has partnered with EDM Council and is now authorized to use the Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) framework to assess data management maturity of any of its customers.

DCAM is a best practice framework for program development, training and benchmarking. It has a systematic and structured approach to define and measure data management capability for an organization. DCAM objectives are organized in 8 categories, 36 capabilities & 112 sub-capabilities to cover all aspects of data management.

The 8 categories are as follows:

Data Management Strategy defines the framework for the data management program including the goals, objectives and goals; why it is important; how it will be organized, funded, governed and practically implemented.

Business Case and Funding model provides the justification for the data management program including the rationale for the investment; the costs, benefits, risks and expected outcomes; the mechanism used to ensure sufficient allocation of resources; and the approach used to measure costs and contributions from implementation of the data management program.

Data Management program identifies the organizational requirements needed to stand up a sustainable data management program including the operational framework to ensure sustainability and authority as well as the mechanisms to establish and confirm stakeholder engagement related to program implementation.

Data Governance defines the rules of engagement necessary for program implementation including the definition of policies, procedures and standards as the mechanisms for alignment among stakeholders.

Data Architecture focuses on the core concepts of “data as meaning” and how data is defined, described and related; the identification of logical domains of data; identification of the underlying physical repositories; and the governance procedures necessary to ensure the control and appropriate use of data.

Technical Architecture addresses the relationship of data with the physical IT infrastructure needed for operational deployment including how data is acquired, stored, distributed and integrated across the organization.

Data Quality establishes the concept of fit-for-purpose data; defines the processes associated with establishing data control; and addresses the implementation of governance mechanisms for management of the data manufacturing chain of supply.

Control Environment defines the data lifecycle process and how data content management is integrated into the overall organizational “ecosystem”.

Xodiac uses its extensive data expertise along with the DCAM framework to help organizations navigate their data journey. A typical engagement starts with a current state assessment to establish a baseline data maturity level. This baseline will act as a measuring stick to track progress of the data program as well as to compare with industry benchmarks over a period of time. The assessment lays out a set of strengths and weaknesses and results in a roadmap to achieve the next level of data maturity. The roadmap helps to address data maturity in a systematic way and direct funds to the most impactful improvement initiatives.

Whether you are just starting on your data management journey or have been at it for a while, Xodiac will help you strengthen your business case for data management and execute on it successfully.