Michael Brackett

Mr. Brackett retired from the State of Washington in June, 1996, where he was the State’s Data Resource Coordinator. He was responsible for developing the State’s common data architecture that spans multiple jurisdictions, such as state agencies, local jurisdictions, Indian tribes, public utilities, and Federal agencies, and includes multiple disciplines, such as water resource, growth management, and criminal justice. He is the founder of Data Resource Design and Remodeling and is a Consulting Data Architect specializing in developing integrated data resources.

Mr. Brackett has been in the data management field for 50 years, during which time he developed many innovative concepts and techniques for designing applications and managing data resources. He is the originator of the Common Data Architecture concept, the Data Resource Management Framework, the data naming taxonomy and data naming vocabulary, the Five-Tier Five-Schema concept, the data rule concept, the Business Intelligence Value Chain, the data resource data concept, the architecture-driven data model concept, and many new techniques for understanding and integrating disparate data.

Mr. Brackett has written ten books on the topics of application design, data design, and common data architectures. His books Data Sharing Using a Common Data Architecture and The Data Warehouse Challenge: Taming Data Chaos explain the concept and uses of a common data architecture for developing an integrated data resource. His book on Data Resource Quality: Turning Bad Habits into Good Practices explains how to stop the creation of disparate data. His book on Data Resource Simplexity is about an approach to data resource management that avoids the creation of disparate data. His book on Data Resource Integration: Understanding and Resolving a Disparate Data Resource is the definitive text about integrating a disparate data resource. His book on Data Resource Design: Reality Beyond Illusion is about designing a high-quality data resource. His latest book Data Resource Data: A Comprehensive Data Resource Understanding is about the replacement of meta-data with the concept of Data Resource Data. He has written numerous articles and is a well-known international author, speaker, and trainer on data resource management topics.

Mr. Brackett has a BS in Forestry (Forest Management) and a MS in Forestry (Botany) from the University of Washington, and a MS in Soils (Geology) from Washington State University. He was a charter member and is an active member of DAMA-PS, the Seattle Chapter of DAMA International established in 1985. He saw the formation of DAMA National in 1986 and DAMA International in 1988. He served as Vice President of Conferences for DAMA International; as the President of DAMA International for 2000 through 2003; and as Past President of DAMA International for 2004 and 2005. He was the founder and the first President of the DAMA International Foundation, an organization established for developing a formal data resource management profession, and was Past President of the DAMA International Foundation through 2013. He was Production Editor of the DAMA-DMBOK released in April, 2009.

Mr. Brackett received DAMA International’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for his work in data resource management, the second person in the history of DAMA International to receive that award (Mr. Brackett presented the first award to John Zachman in 2003). He taught Data Design and Modeling in the Data Resource Management Certificate Program at the University of Washington, and has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Washington State University and The Evergreen State College. He is listed in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Education, and International Who’s Who.


Mr. Brackett’s books in the Data Resource series:

Data Resource Simplexity: How Organization Choose Data Resource Success Or Failure, 2011

Data Resource Integration: Understanding and Resolving a Disparate Data Resource, 2012

Data Resource Design: Reality Beyond Illusion, 2012

Data Resource Data: A Comprehensive Data Resource Understanding, 2014

These books can be obtained from Technics Publications at technicspub.com.  Enter BRACKETT20 at checkout for a 20% discount.


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