ECCMA Announces 1st ISO 8000 International Data Quality Conference October 14-16, 2008 in Battle Creek, Michigan

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The first ISO 8000 Data Quality Conference will take place in Battle Creek, Michigan on Wednesday, October 15th and Thursday, October 16th. The event is being held in Battle Creek, the home of the Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) activity ( and celebrates the transition of the Federal Cataloging System and NATO Codification System into an open public standard through the eOTD, ISO 22745, ISO 29002 and finally ISO 8000. The conference is a landmark event focused on the application of the new international standards for data quality that define the process for the creation of quality data in the form of consistent and unambiguous descriptions of individuals, organizations, locations, good and services.

Data quality is one of the biggest issues facing companies today. While companies have spent millions on the newest and latest high performance hardware and software technology, they are still not seeing the benefits because of poor quality data. The problem is similar to drag on an aircraft or a ship; you can have a powerful engine but unless you pay attention to drag, you are going nowhere fast. Drag slows you down and costs you more energy to move, worse still, its effects increase with speed. At its worst, poor data quality can be disastrous; at its best poor data quality is simply a drag on our economy costing us billions in errors and miscommunication.

Manufacturers and suppliers know the importance of being able to communicate effectively and efficiently with their customers. ISO 8000, as the new international standard for data quality, allows companies to use their compliance with its principles to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
The foundation certificate, ISO 8000-110 master data quality, establishes the basic principles of data quality as they apply to the exchange of master data. Buyers, as data requestors, are certified in their ability to unambiguously specify their data requirements and generate explicit requests for data. Manufacturers and suppliers, as data providers, are certified in their ability to respond to a request for data. As certification is based on an assessment of the data that is exchanged, it can be done remotely and is low cost.

The conference is of interest to those working in data quality, data integration, those who have concerns about the quality of the data in their vendor, material or service masters, in their PDM, procurement or inventory management systems as well as those trying to improve the quality of the descriptions in their SAP, ORACLE or any other ERP or electronic commerce system.
The conference will be preceded on Monday and Tuesday by an ISO 8000 certification program for Master Data Quality Managers and an open networking reception on Tuesday evening. The Wednesday and Thursday conference program itself includes presentations and workshops by defense and industry data quality experts, an awards dinner on Wednesday and exhibits from leading international providers of data cleaning and data quality management applications and services.

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