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Ronald Damhof

I have been a BI/DW practitioner for more than 15 years. In the last few years, I have become increasingly annoyed - even frustrated - by the lack of (scientific) rigor in the field of data warehousing and business intelligence. It is not uncommon for the knowledge worker to be disillusioned by the promise of business intelligence and data warehousing because vendors and consulting organizations create their "own" frameworks, definitions, super-duper tools etc.

What the field needs is more connectedness (grounding and objectivity) to the scientific community. The scientific community needs to realize the importance of increasing their level of relevance to the practice of technology.

For the next few years, I have decided to attempt to build a solid bridge between science and technology practitioners. As a dissertation student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, I hope to discover ways to accomplish this. With this blog I hope to share some of the things I learn in my search and begin discussions on this topic within the international community.

Your feedback is important to me. Please let me know what you think. My email address is Ronald.damhof@prudenza.nl.

About the author >

Ronald Damhof is an information management practitioner with more than 15 years of international experience in the field.

His areas of focus include:

  1. Data management, including data quality, data governance and data warehousing;
  2. Enterprise architectural principles;
  3. Exploiting data to its maximum potential for decision support.
Ronald is an Information Quality Certified Professional (International Association for Information and Data Quality one of the first 20 to pass this prestigious exam), Certified Data Vault Grandmaster (only person in the world to have this level of certification), and a Certified Scrum Master. He is a strong advocate of agile and lean principles and practices (e.g., Scrum). You can reach him at +31 6 269 671 84, through his website at http://www.prudenza.nl/ or via email at ronald.damhof@prudenza.nl.

May 2011 I was given an opportunity to be part of the first group of pioneers that field-tested the IQCP program. IQCP stands for Information Quality Certified Professional and is organized by IAIDQ - the International association for Information Quality and Data Quality.  To be fair; I really do not like certifications. It is said that with certification, clients can have some kind of objective measurement regarding knowledge and skill. Well, for the majority of certifications this is utterly deceiving.

That being said, why did I go for IQCP?

For one thing; IAIDQ is a not-for-profit organisation and vendor-neutral. People involved in IAIDQ are people with a passion to spread the word with regard to quality in general and Information Quality in particular. 

Second; the certification process was extremely well prepared, grounded in known research and adheres to widely accepted standards and regulations such as the ISO/IEC 17024 and the Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, published by the USA National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA, 2002).

Third; I was not mainly interested in the certification as such....To put in poetic; I was interested in the journey, not the destination. The IQCP certification is based on a reference list of books and articles,Carrot_and_the_stickcarefully selected by people who know their stuff. The certification was a 'carrot on a stick' to me, pressuring me to actually study and invest time. The deadline was end of July 2011 - I have never in my life read so many books, but I have never in my life been so authentically interested in a subject as well. I just kept reading, because there is so much clever stuff written out there.

Fourth and maybe the most important reason; in may 2011 I also happened to follow the legendary PSL (problem solving leadership) workshop given by Jerry Weinberg,Esther Derby and Johanna Rothman. What I have learned is immense and influences me daily. The root of this workshop is - in my opinion - founded in quality principles; learning, continuous improvement, root-causes, self organizing team, people, communication, understanding the problem, understanding context and so much more. The people I met in this workshop were incredible and a huge inspiration. A lot of the attendees came from the world of context-driven testing and agile software development. Both - in my opinion - strongly rooted in quality principles. 

It somehow all got together when I was asked to participate in the first batch of people to go for IQCP.

For me; IQCP was the means to an end - I have studied amazing books (for a reference list download this pdf), written by people like Edwards Deming, Joseph Duran, Jerry Weinberg, Kaoru Ishikawa, Masaaki Imai, Richard Wang and so many more. My library has grown very rapidly lately and I have still so much more to read (learn). Somehow, all I have read, learned and still learning are pieces of a puzzle that fit seamlessly in my field of expertise #datamanagement #decisionsupport #datagovernance #dataquality #datavault #architecture #softwaredevelopment.

The journey never ends....

My gratitude goes to Tom Breur, IAIDQ, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, those crazy canadians ('it is what it is'), Testsidestory, Olav, Markus, Griffin and so many more.

ps. I passed the exam.....I am now an Information Quality Certified professional 

Posted September 21, 2011 3:33 AM
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Congratulations for becoming an IQCP, Ronald!! Also, thanks for sharing your experience in this insightful post.

Your IQCP journey is exactly what we were hoping professionals worldwide would experience.

Best wishes,


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