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Follow Up to State of the Union of Data Modeling 2016–Questions for You

Feb 1, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data Modeling, DLBlog, Speaking  //  No Comments

DATA spelled out in cereal letters

I had so many more questions I wanted to talk about during my recent State of the Union of Data Modeling 2016, but one hour goes by quickly when you have tools, industry, professionals, standards and user groups to cover.  I’m interested in your observations and comments about these questions:

  • Has data modeling accomplished all it needs to? Are we just in the maintenance phase of data modeling as a practice and profession?
  • What industry trends (tools, processes, methods, economics, whatever) are impacting (positive or negative) data modeling the most today?
  • How has the cost of data modeling changed since 1980s?
  • How has the return on data modeling changed since the 1980s?
  • How has risk changed in data modeling since the 1980s?
  • Data Modeling tools have so much maturity of features in them today.  But along with that prices have reflected those changes.  How have the prices of enterprise data modeling tools impacted data modeling on enterprise projects?
  • Have you worked with any non-IDEF1x/IE data modeling notation recently?
  • Have you worked with any open source data modeling tools?
  • What new features/enhancements/changes would you like to see in data modeling tools? Processes? Notations?
  • Why haven’t we solved the “no one loves me or my models” problem more widely?

I’ll add my thoughts on these in the comments, but I’d like to hear your responses as well.

7 Databases in 170 Minutes: Workshop at NoSQLNow!

Jan 26, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Database, Database Design, DLBlog, Events, NoSQL, Speaking, Training  //  No Comments

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My friend Joey D’Antoni ( @jdanton | blog ) and I will be giving a workshop at NoSQLNow! about new database and datastore technologies like Hadoop, Neo4j, Cassandra, Vertica, Document DB, and others.  This will be a fast-paced, demo-heavy, practical sessions for data professionals.  We’ll talk about where a modern data architecture would best use these technologies and why it’s not an either/or question for relational solutions in a successful enterprise. And, as always, our goal is to make the time we spend fun and interactive.   This session will be a great starting point for some other session on Monday that go into data modeling for NoSQL as well as for all the other in-depth, database-specific talks the rest of the week.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Level:
Intermediate

imageWe’ve been busy keeping relational data consistent, high quality, and available. But over the last few years, new database and datastore technologies have come to the enterprise with different data stories. Do we need all our data to be consistent everywhere? What does data quality mean for analytics? Will we need relational database?

Learn how traditional and new database technologies fit in a modern data architecture. We will talk about the underlying concepts and terminology such as CAP, ACID and BASE and how they form the basis of evaluating each of the categories of databases. Learn about graph, Hadoop, relational, key value, document, columnar, and column family databases and how and when they should be considered. We’ll show you demos of each.

Finally, we will wrap up with 7+ tips for working with new hybrid data architectures: tools, techniques and standards.

 REGISTER

Use code “DATACHICK” to save:

$100 off for  Tutorials Only + Seminar Only Registration and $200 off for Full Event, Conference+Tutorials, Conference +Seminar, and Conference Only Registration.

Super early registration ends 29 January, so take advantage of both discounts now (yes, they stack!).

Follow Along TechFiedDay10 #TFD10 Austin–Updated with Video Streaming

Jan 25, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Cloud, Database, DLBlog, Events, Professional Development, Speaking  //  No Comments

TFD Logo

Last year I participated in the first Data Field Day in San Jose.  I’m honoured to be a delegate for the tenth Tech Field Day which follows the same format.  On 3-5 February I’ll be in Austin, Texas visiting with vendors in the software, hardware and virtualization world.  There will be twelve of us participating, along with our fearless host, Stephen Foskett ( @SFoskett ).

We will be visiting these vendors during TFD10:

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At each vendor visit there will be livestreaming during their presentation and we will discuss their products and services, ask questions. You can follow that stream above.  Delegates are known for their brutal honesty, their insight and even some fun observations.

You can also follow along on Twitter hashtag of #TFD10.  You can also post your own questions for these session using that hashtag.

What I love about field days is the the mix of delegates with a wide background in business, tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and data.  This breadth means that we, as a team, look at the technology and business with a variety of viewpoints.  And you get to watch it all live.

BTW, the next Data Field Day is scheduled for 8-10 June. If you have products or services you’d like to present to a team of independent data experts, contact me.

I hope you can follow along. It’s a great chance to see real world tech innovation discussions.

Ed Yourdon: Writer, SW Engineer, Consultant, Methodologist, Photographer

Jan 25, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Careers, Professional Development  //  1 Comment

By Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA (Pop!Tech 2008, Day 2 - 032) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ed Yourdon has passed away.  Ed was the originator of structured systems analysis, specifically Yourdon Structured Method.  He was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame in 1997.

Recently he worked on his photography project of people in New York City.  You can see his work on Flickr.

Yourdon BooksAs I looked at Ed’s bibliography, I realized that I owned almost all his books. Not just read them, but owned them. Some of them in multiple editions.   His works formed the basis of my initial undergraduate education and carried through the early parts of my career.  Notations, diagraming, modeling, requirements analysis, thinking before building, getting alignment with what the business needs: all of those concepts were embedded in his works and then into how I looked at business problems that could be solved with technology.

Ed was a great influence on my career as a methodologist. And later, on my love of real life photography. I loved that he shared his works on social media. It was always a joy to get a chance to chat with him at events, then later on Twitter. I’m off to find a book and spend some time with him again.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=ed-yourdon&pid=177394902&

Join #TEAMDATA #PiDay5k Virtual Run/Walk/Crawl

Jan 24, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, DLBlog, Fun, Social Networking  //  No Comments

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NOTE: There’s a 10% savings if you do early registration by 27 January 2016.  CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO REGISTER.

Due to event rules, you must have a Canadian or US address to go for the medal/swag option, but if you live elsewhere, you can register under the “no swag” option.  So anyone can join us.

We are repeating our efforts to be math-y runners by creating a team for #PiDay5k.  Join us for a virtual run/walk/crawl.  There’s great swag (Medal, t-shirt, stuff) and a chance to be part of a nerdy effort to move on Pi/Pie Day, 14 March 2016.

This isn’t competitive, much (there are some great prizes for special categories). You can cover your 5k distance how ever you want, at the pace you want…you can even spread it over several days. You can complete it on a treadmill or at your gym.  Last year this fell just before a race, so Josh Fennessy (@joshuafennessy | blog ) and I walked a 5k.  Then we ran a half marathon a few days later. 

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This year you can register for a 5k or a 10k, plus you can choose to register with a no-swag option.  Just click on the button below to get signed up for the distance and package you want.

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As a virtual race, you register before hand, they ship you the goods (including a race bib) and you complete your distance, then share that you completed it. It’s all on the honour system.  We on #TEAMDATA (that’s you!) think the honour system is a good thing.

There’s even a kids option!

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BTW, ladies, like all promotional shirt things, I recommend you size up two sizes if you want a shirt you can actually wear. Men, you likely want to size up, too.

I’ll update the #TEAMDATA roster here as we get signups.  Join us in all the #nerdshirt glory of Pie, Pi and a 5k

Have questions? There’s a FAQ for that.

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Registered Awesome Data Professionals:

@datachick Karen Lopez

@projmgr Rob Drysdale

Barbie Buckner, CA

Tom Bilcze, OH

Corine Jansonius , AB

Kim Medlin, NC

Database Design Throwdown, Texas Style

SQLSaturday #461 - Austin 2016

It’s a new year and I’ve given Thomas LaRock (@@sqlrockstar | blog ) a few months to recover and ramp up his training since our last Throwdown.  The trophies from all my wins are really cluttering my office and I feel back that Tom has not yet had a chance to claim victory.  So we will battling again in just a few days.

I’ll be dishing out the knowledge along with a handkerchief for Tom to wipe up his tears at SQL Saturday #461 Austin, TX on 30 January 2016.  This full day community-driven event features real database professionals giving free presentations on SQL Server and Data Platform topics.  All you need to do is register (again, it’s free) before all the tickets are gone.

Database Design Throwdown

Speaker(s):  Karen Lopez Thomas LaRock

Duration: 60 minutes

Track: Application & Database Development

Everyone agrees that great database performance starts with a great database design. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees which design options are best. Data architects and DBAs have debated database design best practices for decades. Systems built to handle current workloads are unable to maintain performance as workloads increase.Attend this new and improved session and join the debate about the pros and cons of database design decisions. This debate includes topics such as logical design, data types, primary keys, indexes, refactoring, code-first generators, and even the cloud. Learn about the contentious issues that most affect your end users and how to avoid them.

One of the other great benefits of attending these events is that you get to network with other data professionals who are working on project just like yours…or ones you will likely work on at some point.

Join us an other data pros to talk about data, databases and projects. And make sure you give a #datahug to Tom after the Throwdown. He’s gonna need it.

I’m Going to be TECHUnplugged in Austin

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Cloud, Data, DLBlog, Events, Speaking, Training  //  2 Comments

…and you should join me.

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On 2 February I’ll be speaking at TECHUnplugged Austin, Texas.  This event, which has free registration, focuses on how technology innovation is changing business and IT.

TECHunplugged is a full day conference focused on cloud computing and IT infrastructure.

Its innovative formula combines three essential parts of the industry for an exceptional exchange of information, insights and education:

– A group of independent, insightful and well-recognized influencers
– Leading disruptive technology vendors,
– End users who manage rich technology environments.

The ultimate goal of TECHUnplugged Conference is to bring quality information to IT decision makers by bringing them together with independent influencers and industry vendors, to engage, debate and be informed through open discussions on topics such as IT infrastructure, virtualization, cloud computing and storage.

I’m going to be talking about how data has changed over the years and how data quality issues can become obstacles to business innovation.

If you are in IT and would like to attend, use the registration form below.  If you use my special code, you’ll be entered to win a special prize of an Amazon Echo (I SO LOVE MINE!) at the event.

My promotional code is:

infoadvisors

Yes, all lowercase.

 

I hope to see you in Austin.  Maybe we can have tacos.

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