From the IAIDQ President
christian [dot] walenta [AT] iaidq [dot] org
IQ Journal Vol 8 Issue 1. 2012
Dear fellow IAIDQ member,
As an association, the IAIDQ had many achievements and highlights in 2011 that demonstrate both the strength of our professional association as well as the ongoing maturity of the Information and Data Quality (IQ) industry and discipline.
The launch of the Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCPsm) credential is arguably the association’s most important and strategic milestone in 2011. We had started work on the certification in 2008, and the launch took place after three years of focused work from the IAIDQ, its members, many volunteers, and IQ experts worldwide. Since the launch of the professional certification, we’ve seen acceptance and adoption of the IQCPsm by IAIDQ members and the industry alike. IQ experts and teams have begun to obtain the credential to ensure a high level of IQ expertise, knowledge, and skills to support their teams, and more exam certification dates have been scheduled for 2012.
Last year, the IAIDQ also participated in the judging of the 2011 DQ Asia Pacific Award, which was awarded to ACT Health Canberra Australia in recognition of their outstanding efforts in implementing a sound data quality program.
In an effort to raise the profile of individuals within the field of Information Quality, the IAIDQ also introduced the new IAIDQ Distinguished Member and IAIDQ Distinguished Service awards in 2011. Dr. Tom Redman and C. Lwanga Yonke were the inaugural recipients respectively; the awards are but a small reflection of their many valuable contributions.
In 2011, the IAIDQ strengthened its membership base; we currently have local groups and initiatives underway in South Africa, Australia, China, and India. Clearly, opportunities exist in our field and profession, not just in the mature and western markets, but also in the new and growing economies and industries around the world. We’re excited about our partnerships in these countries and will continue to support and promote the IQ profession around the world.
We have seen continued demand and successes with our communication and outreach programs, such as the annual Data Governance and Information Quality (DGIQ) Conference in San Diego, the quarterly Information Quality Journal, frequent webinars, and more. The IAIDQ LinkedIn Open Community now has more than 3,500 members, and its growing membership is but a mirror of the growing interest in IQ as a discipline and profession.
In 2012, the Board of Directors will focus on increasing the value of the member programs, and on driving the maturity of our profession and industry. Expect new services and programs in 2012, such as IQCP Training and Exam Preparation courses. Please contact me if you’d like to lead or contribute to these efforts, or if you have suggestions for the IAIDQ.
I look forward to a full year of changes; and wish you and your families a great year ahead!