The configuration and data management disciplines are critically important in the design, development, production, test, Integration and maintenance of complex products. These disciplines are vital and have many applications globally in both commercial and government applications. Most organizations recognize CDM processes as keystones in two of the most critical business requirements; managing risk and controlling cost. CDM is a "value added" essential part of business. Accordingly, a reliable means to identify and recognize well-qualified, experienced configuration and data management professionals is essential to establish professionalism in these disciplines.
The NDIA Technical Information Division (TID) initiated CDM certification in 1990, and continues to be the CDM certification program most recognized and respected for its adherence to qualifying candidates according to high standards in terms of experience and knowledge.