Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Books on Data Management: a 5-Book "Starter Library"

A friend of Fitzgerald Analytics in Monterrey Mexico is spending more time thinking about Data Management, and reached out via twitter in search of recommended resources.  We promised to share a short-list of recommended books on data management, a sort of "Data Management Reading List," which is below.

  • Since Data Management is an umbrella topic with many sub-topics such as data quality, Master Data Management, etc., we have included books from a few key sub-topics...
  • While we kept the list below to 5 books, our office bookshelf contains more than 50 books on this topic--and related ones like data governance, data quality, data integration, architecture, enterprise information management, meta-data management, business analytics, etc.  But in the spirit of starting somewhere, here are five books that provide helpful perspective on the concepts and methods used to manage data more profitably:
5-Book Data Management Starter Library:

1. The Data Governance Imperative by Steve Sarsfield, a respected industry veteran like the other authors on this list.  His book is practical and readible...very helpful on a key subject, data governance, which is an inportant place to start.
2. The DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DAMA-DMBOK) Print Edition
More comprehensive than other books, this is the definitive collection of data management knowledge from the leading association dedicated to this topic (DAMA).  Also Available on CD!
3. Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM) by Danette McGilvray. Practical, step by step approach to Data Quality.  Comprehensive yet Practical.  You can customize this to projects and get a lot done!
4. Master Data Management (The MK/OMG Press) by David Loshin.  Contains an excellent combination of  frameworks and practical details.  An excellent start to your reading on Master Data Management.

5. Data Quality: The Accuracy Dimension (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems):  shorter than other data quality books, but excellent.

We hope this is helpful!  Feel free to add more books in the comments if you would like.