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 The 2003 awards were presented at the 5th Annual DAMA International Symposium in Orlando, Florida


Brett Champlin, Certified Computing Professional
2003 DAMA Community Award Recipient

BChamplin 210With over 20 years experience in Information Systems, Brett has been a computer operator, programmer, programmer/analyst, systems analyst, manager of programming, project manager, data administrator, architect, and is currently a business process consultant.  He has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology with concentrations in Information Management and Finance.  Brett is a member of the adjunct faculty with Roosevelt University's School of Business Administration teaching in the MSIS and MBA programs, and is an advisor to the University of Chicago's Program in Process Improvement and Process Management. 

Brett has been a member of the Chicago Chapter of DAMA since 1993, serving as a member of the Standards SIG since 1994 and contributing a chapter on Process Modeling for the 3rd and 4th versions of the DAMA publication, "Guidelines to Implementing Data Resource Management" .  As the first VP for Online Services, he developed the chapter website in early 1997.  He served as President of DAMA Chicago in 1998 and 1999 and  Past President DAMA Chicago 2000 and 2001.

Brett has made presentations at DAMA International Symposia, DAMA Europe Conferences, Meta Data Conferences, and Data Quality Conferences (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).  He presented a half-day tutorial at the 1st DAMA International European Conference in London, and has made presentations at DAMA Chapters in  Toronto (IRMAC-2000), Kansas City (2001), Michigan (2003), Iowa (2003), San Antonio (2003) and Chicago (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002).

He joined the board of directors of DAMA International in 1999 as VP Chapter Services and has been VP Online Services from 2000 to the present.  As the webmaster for DAMA International, Brett revised the organization as well as the look and feel of the site, added numerous features and monitored an increase in traffic more than 3 times the previous levels.   Brett led a committee to develop a membership database for DAMA and associated web services which will be finalized later this year.

Brett led DAMA International to upgrade its status with the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) to Constituent Society giving DAMA a voting position on the ICCP board of directors, and has served as a Director and DAMA Representative since 2001.  He is the Chair of the ICCP's Strategic Planning Committee and Vice President of the Executive Committee.  He initiated an ongoing drive to create new DRM exams covering Data Management, Database Administration, and Data Warehousing with the long term goal of creating a professional certification in data management in collaboration with the ICCP.

 Dr. Terry Halpin 
2003 Academic Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Terry Halpin, BSc, DipEd, BA, MLitStud, PhD, is Vice President, Conceptual Modeling, at North Face Learning Inc., an academic institution based in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a lengthy career as an academic in computer science, which he combined with industrial work on database modeling, he moved to industry full-time, heading database research at Asymetrix Corporation, InfoModelers Inc., and Visio Corporation before its acquisition by Microsoft, where as Program Manager in Database Modeling, in the Enterprise Framework and Tools Unit, he worked on the conceptual and logical database modeling technology in Microsoft Visio for Enterprise Architects.

After several years in industry, he has returned to academia in his VP position at North Face Learning, where he is developing curricula to facilitate application development using a business rules approach to informatics. He is a member of IFIP WG 8.1 (Design and Evaluation of Information Systems), is an editor or reviewer for several academic journals and international program committees, has co-chaired several international workshops on modeling, and has presented at dozens of international conferences in both industry and academia. For many years, his research has focused on conceptual modeling and conceptual query technology for information systems, using a business rules approach. His doctoral thesis formalized Object-Role Modeling (ORM/NIAM), and his publications include over 100 technical papers, and four books, including Information Modeling and Relational Databases, Morgan Kaufmann (2001). He is currently co-authoring a new book on database modeling, and co-editing another book on research issues in modeling methodologies, both to be published in 2003.

Graeme Simsion
2003 Professional Achievement Award Recipient

Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion has been involved in data management as a practitioner, manager, teacher and researcher for 24 years. His experience ranges from “hands on” database administration to working with company presidents to incorporate data management ideas into business strategy.

Graeme began his career with a major Australian insurance company - a local pioneer in the use of database management systems. Graeme built and led the database administration team, and co-founded Melbourne’s first DBA special interest group, before leaving to establish his own consultancy in 1982.

Over the next 20 years Graeme developed Simsion Bowles and Associates into Australia’s leading provider of data management and data modeling expertise, employing some 65 staff in three cities. Simsion Bowles also established strong credentials in information systems planning and specification, and in business process design, maintaining a strong data focus.

Simsion Bowles was recognized as an Australian “success story”, regularly winning key strategic assignments in the private and public sectors against international competition, and being included in Business Review Weekly’s “Best Performing / Fastest Growing Private Companies” listing on three occasions, twice in the first ten. The company’s commitment to staff development won it the Australian Computer Society’s Exemplary Employer Award five times, and citation in Federal Parliament.

Simsion Bowles’s staff were encouraged to contribute to the discipline through publication, presentation and links with industry and academic bodies. Daniel Moody (Australian DAMA president) and Graham Witt (regular presenter) are two Simsion Bowles Alumni who are known to US DAMA members.

As Simsion Bowles grew, Graeme personally continued to lead or oversee key consulting assignments. These included the establishment of Data Management functions and strategic data modelling for some of Australia’s largest organisations, including two of the largest banks, state and federal government departments, and the national telecommunications company.

From early in his career, Graeme has maintained a commitment to rigorous review of his work, to learning from his and others’ experiences, and to sharing his ideas through presentations and publication.

His first academic paper comparing network and relational database architectures in practice was published in the Australian Computer Journal in 1981, and he has continued to publish and present at academic and industry conferences since then. In total he has given over 200 such presentations, at forums ranging from academic database conferences to national accounting congresses. He has a reputation for constantly challenging the conventional wisdom of data modeling and data management. His ideas on “reinventing” data management and treating data modeling as a creative activity have been widely influential.

In 1994 and again in 2000 he conducted tours of US DAMA chapters, speaking on both data modeling and data management. He has twice (in 1999 and 2000) been the keynote speaker at the DAMA International / Metadata Conference, and has run well-received tutorials. He will be the keynote speaker at the DAMA European Conference this October. In 1992 he was invited by the Australian Computer Society to conduct an all-States lecture tour on “Getting Value for your IT Dollar”. This was one of the best-attended events in the history of the ACS, and he will be conducting a similar tour later this year.

Graeme has also developed courses on data modelling at introductory, advanced and masterclass level, and presented these in Australia, North America, and Asia. In 1992, Graeme published the book Data Modeling Essentials. Whilst aimed at practitioners, it has also become widely used by universities and colleges. He published a second edition with Graham Witt in 2000.

Graeme has also consulted and taught in business process design (developing Australia’s most widely-used industry training course) and IS planning (principal author of the ACS Certification program in IT strategy and management, equivalent to two postgraduate units). As one of Australia’s best-known authorities on information systems topics, he has regularly briefed senior executives, and has played a strong role in bringing data management issues to the attention of general management.

In November, 1999, Graeme sold Simsion Bowles to Tier Technologies (Australia), completing the hand-over in October, 2001. He is currently lecturing and undertaking doctoral research in data modeling at the University of Melbourne.

Graeme holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Computing & Information Systems and Master of Business Administration, and was elected Fellow of the Australian Computer Society in 1999. He has held numerous honorary academic and industry positions, including Senior Fellow of the Department of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Australian Computer Society Information Systems Board. In 2000, he was appointed as an Advisor to DAMA International.

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