Data Processing Management
Association Records, 1950-1993. Finding Aid.
The Data Processing Management Organization (DPMA) began in 1949 as
the National Machine Accountants Association (NMAA). NMAA was incorporated in
late 1951 and held its first convention in 1952 in Minneapolis, MN. Ten years
later, NMAA changed its name to expand its membership beyond finance and
accounting professionals. The change to DPMA enabled the organization to
encompass the broadening spectrum of data processing users in the 1960s. DPMA
retained the organizational structure of NMAA with numerous chapters placed in
geographic divisions. Later these divisions were replaced with regions. Each
region had a representative on the Executive Council who served with several
executive officers and implemented policy decisions from the International
Board of Directors.
DPMA continued NMAA’s commitment to promoting increased education and
professionalism in information processing activities and management, and became
one of the largest information processing management professional associations.
DPMA produced numerous publications and extended educational offerings to the
association's members and the information processing community, and involved
itself with the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS)
from 1974 until AFIPS's demise in 1990. To aid professionalism, DPMA developed
the first Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) and the examination for it in
1962. DPMA augmented the CDP with the Registered Business Programmer
examination in 1970.
In 1997, DPMA was renamed the Association of Information Technology
Professionals (AITP), to better reflect its broad membership.