Aiken's pyramid describes how organizations evolve toward better data management practices. Another way to look at the DAMA Knowledge Areas is to explore the dependencies between them. Developed by Sue Geuens, the Functional Area Dependencies framework recognizes that Business Intelligence and Analytic functions have dependencies on all other data management functions. They depend directly on Master Data and Data Warehouse solutions. But those, in turn, are dependent on feeding systems and applications. Reliable Data Quality, data design, and data interoperability practices are at the foundation of reliable systems and applications. In addition, Data Governance, which within this model includes Metadata Management, data security, Data Architecture and Reference Data Management, provides a foundation on which all other functions are dependent.
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