Aimed primarily at persons seeking insight into the world of data management, what the existing demand is and why a career in Data Management is the new frontier, with potentially the largest demand for skilled resources, which are as yet not available. Current Data Management Professionals are highly paid, primarily due to the high demand, and the shortage of trained and competent data management staff.


I believe, that as fundamental a shift as John Zachman’s Architecture Matrix brought to Architecture, the Multi DimensionalData Management Framework (MDDMF) will bring to those in Management by ‘allowing’ a specific and ‘measured’ focus on the respective and dependant disciplines of Management and using Data to do it.


The fundamental framework for this methodology was an answer to prayer, when I asked (Jeremiah 33:3), to understand data, rather than just knowing how to manage it. As this base framework is not of human origin, no one on earth can claim ownership of the base. It is available for all of us, just give credit where it is due.


Since 2010, I have been exploring data using this framework and testing the insights, and challenges exposed, I have learnt so many different applications for it, across data and information, (and indeed, Business and IT) dimensions.

I have recently discovered, that this is in fact the Chief Data Officer’s dashboard, scalable from a global institution, all the way down to a specific data item (attribute, spatial, etc…) I have grown in insights through using this framework in work with the International Information Governance Council, work at Business Connexion in Master Data Management, and Enterprise Information Management (implementing Enterprise Data Governance, Enterprise Data Architecture and Enterprise Data Quality). At MTN SA, I worked closely with IT Security, Business Risk Management, Business Architecture, Process Architecture, IT Enterprise Architectures, DW & BI Architects and the various Solution Architects, Data Modellers, Data Analysts, and pretty much every Data Discipline in some way shape or form that was working on Enterprise programmes and projects.


During my discoveries, I have developed a way to assist others to evolve their basic thinking patterns when addressing anything related to Data Management. The Base Framework also permits demarcation of all Enterprise Frameworks, easily describing how they support ( or conflict with) one another to facilitate delivering a united, silo agnostic, approach to Business, IT and their Information, and its data components, and their respective flows.

The Base Framework itself is a thinking tool for any person, applying the dimensions of control, delivery, time, effectiveness, efficiency, prioritisation, and many others to any strength, weakness, opportunity, threat, incidents, requests, problems, queries, etc…


I asked for understanding, because, as an analogy, when you understand how a city works, you do not need to continuously try to follow a Garmin. When the Garmin tells you to continue straight, and you know that there is a side road that connects you to your destination, and passes the bakery, for you to buy lunch, and positions you at the cheapest most secure parking space, which is available between 06h00 and 07h00, because there is a specific event that takes place further up the road at that time, then this understanding is far more valuable than simply following the Garmin. The understanding gives opportunity for insight and intelligent innovation. Unintelligent innovation destroys through unforeseen, unintended consequences, and ill-preparedness of the affected (upstream and downstream) environments.


It is this DATA MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK that Rick gives workshops on to provide high level insights to Scholars, Students and Forums interested in understanding how data works and how to use the Framework holistically, and in an integrated fashion