eLearningCurve Launches a First-of-its-kind Certified Data Steward Program

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Online education provider eLearningcurve is pleased to announce the launch of the Certified Data Steward Program designed to formalize and recognize the role of data steward as a profession.


CDS is a first-of-its-kind role-based certification for data stewards.

Only organizations that govern and manage information with the same discipline as traditional assets will be positioned to realize its full economic value.

Data stewardship is an essential but often poorly understood role in data management. Stewards connect business information needs and processes with information technology capabilities, and bridge data management policies and standards with day-to-day operational practices. Inarguably, in light of the spotlight on privacy, security, and government regulations surrounding data usage in financial and other markets, the role of steward is on the rise and has taken on new significance. It is no longer acceptable to rely on “gifted amateurs” due to large volumes and the increasing criticality of data. Yet few guidelines and no programs are available to help people become data stewards. To address this issue eLearningCurve created the Certified Data Steward Program (CDS) to formalize the role of data steward, and drive recognition of data stewardship as a professional designation.

Doug Laney, VP of Research at Gartner, and a member of the CDS Advisory Council notes, "As information becomes not only recognized as an enterprise asset, but also treated and accounted for as one, the importance of clearly articulated data stewardship roles, principles and procedures cannot be overstated. The age of 'infonomics' is upon us. Only organizations that govern and manage information with the same discipline as traditional assets will be positioned to realize its full economic value." Theresa Kushner, Sr. Director of Customer Intelligence at Cisco and Advisory Council member, adds "Steering a business today across the 'Sea of Data' without data stewards is the equivalent of sailing the Pacific Ocean without a crew.”

Maria Villar, a leader, consultant, and writer in the field of enterprise information management, and a member of the CDS Advisory Council explains that the time is right for certification of data stewards. “As more and more companies understand the need for data governance they also realize that involving the business through a data steward is a necessary component to a successful program. The challenge is that data stewardship is a new and evolving role and there aren't usually any role models in an organization that a newly appointed data steward can learn from.”

In order to earn the CDS designation candidates must pass the challenging CDS exam and have at least two years of experience in a data-related job role. To prepare for the exam candidates may utilize several methods. The Data Stewardship Guide online course, consisting of 19 lectures from six well-known information management educators, provides a comprehensive review of all topics in the Data Stewardship Body of Knowledge. For those who already have knowledge in some areas of the Data Stewardship Body of Knowledge, but need an effective resource in other areas, six parts of the Data Stewardship Guide can be purchased separately. Certification packages are available for those who wish to round out their stewardship education with in-depth data quality and data governance knowledge. Each package allows you to earn CDS and the Certified Information Management Professional (CIMP) designation. And finally, while no existing book provides comprehensive treatment of all topics in the Data Stewardship Body of Knowledge, numerous books can be used to learn various aspects of data stewardship. A suggested list is available on the eLearningCurve Website.

eLearningCurve is a provider of comprehensive online education programs from the world’s leading experts and educators in various disciplines of information management. eLearningCurve allows students to take the courses they need when they need them from any place, at any time. Students can study at their own pace, listen to the material as many times as needed, and test their knowledge through online exams to ensure maximum information comprehension and retention. Complementing the educational offerings, eLearningCurve also offers robust certification programs in data quality, data governance, MDM, and meta data management, and scalable Enterprise solutions for teams and companies. eLearningCurve has over 2000 students in 70 countries. Find us at http://www.elearningcurve.com.

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