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Data Management Capability Model (DCAM)™


1. DCAM Model DCAM v1.2.2 (Assessor's Guide)Scoring MethodologyDCAM / BCBS239 map  
2. DCAM Authorized Partner Program (DAP) - required for 3rd parties who want to use DCAM in client engagements. For more information    
3. Online Assessment Platform – to support scoring aggregation, links to artifacts and reporting.  For more information  
4. Benchmarking - (2017 Benchmark Summary)  
5. Facilitated DCAM Workshops – custom DCAM training for EDM Council members.  For more information  
6. DCAM Training – both DCAM Foundations (understanding the structure and content of DCAM) and DCAM Applied (using the model for assessments and audits).   For more information  
7. Best Practices Agenda – working groups on new developments in data management.  For more information  

Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) 

The Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) was created on a collaborative basis by the members of the EDM Council as a standard set of evaluation criteria for measuring data management capability.  DCAM documents 37 capabilities and 115 sub-capabilities associated with the development of a sustainable data management program.


DCAM Scoring methodology

DCAM is structured to ensure consistent measurement of data management capability.  Scoring is evaluated in terms of stakeholder engagement, formality of the data management processes and artifacts/evidence that support capability achievement.

Training & Certification

DCAM Foundations: A two-day program focused on the core concepts of data management and the underlying scoring methodology. Students who complete the Foundations course will understand the principles of DCAM and be accredited to apply the methodology for internal assessment.  
  DCAM FOUNDATIONS Accredited Members

DCAM Applied: A two-day program providing students with practical advice on how to conduct a structured assessment or audit using DCAM. Students who complete the Applied course will understand the scoring methodology and the dependencies across capability areas. Successful completion of DCAM Foundations is a prerequisite.
   DCAM APPLIED Accredited Members

DCAM Authorized Partner Program (DAP)

Consultants and software providers that are interested in licensing the DCAM content for use in assessments and program evaluation must be authorized and participate in the DCAM Authorized Partner Program (DAP). The goals of DAP are to ensure that DCAM is implemented based on EDMC specifications and to verify that partners are aligned with our core data management principles. For more information 
  DCAM Authorized Partners

Online Assessment Platform

The Council has entered into a partnership program with Element-22 to provide an online platform for DCAM assessments. The platform is designed to support internal aggregation among multiple participants, facilitate reporting, provide links to artifacts and support DCAM benchmarking. For more information on Pellustro or details on how to license DCAM for use on your proprietary platform, please contact Mike Meriton.  


DCAM Benchmarking

The 2017 benchmarking study consists of 22 DCAM-derived questions that highlight the most essential concepts in data management. The results
include comparison to the previous study performed in 2015. Participants included the full spectrum of financial services companies (universal, buy, sell, asset servicing, insurance) with an emphasis on G-SIBs and Tier 1 firms. We hand selected a “control group” of companies that we knew had demonstrated an organizational commitment to data management as the baseline for evaluating overall industry progres.  The 2017 DCAM benchmarking study was implemented in partnership with Sapient Global Markets and Pellustro.

  2017 Benchmarking Summary
  Access to raw data (anonymized) via Pellustro


FACilitated DCAM Workshops

EDM Council staff is available to support members with their internal implementation of DCAM. The purpose of the DCAM Workshop is to ensure a consistent and unbiased interpretation of DCAM and a consensus score of internal capability. The DCAM Workshop is available on a limited (schedule permitting) basis. For more information


Best Practices Agenda

The Council is launching a series of working groups to advance best practice in data management.  These working groups are based on member request and will result in papers, criteria and best practice recommendations.  The initial set of working groups:
(1) Data Management Business Glossary
Critical Data Elements (CDE's)
(3) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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