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#TeamData Pi Day 5k Medal. Join our next team run and you could have a medal, too. #blog

Mar 23, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

#TeamData Pi Day 5k Medal. Join our next team run and you could have a medal, too. #blog via Instagram http://ift.tt/1CSeIzg

Imagining the Power of Data

Mar 12, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Analytics, Blog, Data, DLBlog  //  No Comments

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Tim Berners-Lee, in a 2007 Bloomberg Business interview, discusses his vision of enterprise data and how organizations would bring together varied sets of data.

“When you use the word "silos," that’s the word we hear when somebody in the enterprise talks about the stovepipe problem. Different words for the same problem: that business information inside the company is managed by different sorts of software, and you have to go to a different person and learn a different program to see it. Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together.

“Anybody making real decisions uses data from many sources, produced by many sorts of organizations, and we’re stymied. We tend to have to use backs of envelopes to do this and people have to put data in spreadsheets, which they painfully prepare. In a way, the Semantic Web is a bit like having all the databases out there as one big database. It’s difficult to imagine the power that you’re going to have when so many different sorts of data are available.”

Regardless of whether or not you are using Semantic technologies, I think you can see that we are making progress towards understanding that silo-ed data is still here and that we need ways to bring the power of external data together to make it useful.  New technologies & approaches such as analytics and machine learning require that we understand the data, its provenance and its freshness to get decent result.

Imagine the power. Indeed.

7 Databases in 70 Minutes

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Database, Database Design, DLBlog, NoSQL, Speaking  //  No Comments

Lara Rubbelke (@sqlgal ) and I recently presented 7 Databases in 70 Minutes, a sort of homage to the book 7 Databases in 7 Weeks.  The event was SQLBits, a UK-based SQL Server event.  We first gave this talk at the PASS Summit last year.

We don’t talk about the same databases as the book, but the concepts are the same.  We cover relational, column family, graph, key value, Hadoop, and document database technologies, focusing mostly on the reasons why you would want to consider these and what a typical create and query statement might look like.

And then we end with 7 reasons why you should start exploring them.

It’s a blast talking about so many things in such a short time frame and it’s fun watching light bulbs go off as people realize these aren’t just silly open source projects, but real, enterprise class solutions for common enterprise processes.

Check out our slide deck.

Have you been looking at non-relational technologies to tell your data stories, too?

Data Stories…

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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Data Stories….

Feb 26, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Analytics, Blog, Data, Data Visualization  //  1 Comment

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I prefer to think of it is trying to decipher the stories data is already saying.  So more listening, less torture.

A New World of Data….

Feb 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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Join #TeamData for a Virtual Pi Day 5k

Jan 28, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Awesome, Blog, DLBlog, Fun  //  4 Comments

 

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Register

You can join #TeamData on a virtual run or walk any time between 12-15 March. A virtual races means you run it wherever you want, whenever you want during those days.  You can even split your runs/walks over those days.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First off, you register for the Pi Day 5K. Online registration is currently open. You can register at any time, up until midnight on March 5th. (Canadian registration closes one week earlier to allow for shipping times. Sorry, eh.) Your registration will come with a sumptuously soft Pi Day 5K shirt you can wear with pride, plus a bib number and finisher’s medal (if you wear the medal before completing the run, you will burst into flames), all which you will receive the week before the run dates. Run the Pi Day 5K wherever you’d like (on your favorite local running trail, in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, in a fog, on a log, etc) between March 13th and March 15th. Once you have run, report your time to us to be eligible for marvelous prizes.

$1 from every registration goes to fund #STEM activities.  There’s even a special priced Kid’s Run that comes with Shwings (I LOVE MY SHWINGS!)

So come join us for an easy, just as fast as you want it, Pi Pie 5k in mid-March.  To register as part of the team, just choose “Join a Team” on the registration page.

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You can tweet your prep and run using hashtags #TeamData and #PiDay5k

See you out on the road, virtually. 

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