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What about XP, Agile, SCRUM, Lean…? #EDW2014

Mar 31, 2014   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data Modeling, Events, Speaking  //  No Comments

At the upcoming Enterprise Data World 2014, I’ll be doing a half-day presentation on Driving Development Projects with Enterprise Data Models

Here are a few teases for what we will be talking about:

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The Abstract:

Monday, April 28, 2014
08:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Level: 
Intermediate

Join this session to see how data fits in real-world enterprise development projects. We’ll answer such questions as:

  • "Who does what?"
  • "Why are we doing this?"
  • "Will it slow things down?”
  • “Will it work with agile development?”
  • "Will I have to actually talk to a data architect?"
  • “What about the Cloud?”
  • "What are the biggest mistakes teams make?"
  • "Will I still have a job?"

The session will feature demos of common data modeling-to-database processes, including reverse engineering, forward engineering, generating DDL, alter scripts, and more. You will leave with 10 tips for making model-driven database development successful in your organization’s culture and environment.

5 Classic Data Modeling Mistakes…And How to Avoid Them

Mar 12, 2014   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Speaking  //  No Comments

Slides from my frequent DAMA / Enterprise Data World presentation on Data Modeling mistakes.  You can click on the stopwatch in the player to auto-advance the slides.

There’s no sound; these are just the slides. If you’d like attend a presentation on this topic, ask your local user group (DAMA, ERwin, PASS, etc.) to invite me.

5 February–Panel: Myths, Misunderstandings and Successes in Data Analytics

Feb 4, 2014   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Analytics, Blog, Events, NoSQL, Speaking  //  No Comments

Panel Brochure

On Thursday 5 February at 5:00 PM EST I’ll be moderating a panel on Myths, Misunderstandings and Successes in Data Analytics as part of the PASS Business Analytics 24 Hours of PASS preview.  It’s free, but you need to register.  And I have a fantastic set of panelists: Stacia Misner, Joey D’Antoni and Lynn Langit.

imageSpeaker(s)Karen Lopez  Stacia Misner  Joseph D’Antoni  Lynn Langit

Duration: 60 minutes

Track: Strategy and Architecture

Big Data, Business Analytics, Data Analytics, NoSQL, Relational . . . do we even agree on what we mean by those terms? In this panel session, industry thought leaders will discuss and debate the most common myths, truths, and mostly-truths of new and traditional approaches for enterprise data management and analytics.

We’ll be leaving time for questions from the audience, so come ready with your myths and stories.

Accompanying Materials:

Yes, there’s 24 hours of goodness spread out over 2 days, so check out the other sessions.

The Minimalist DBA: DBA Fundamentals

Nov 27, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Database, Database Design, Events, Snark, Speaking, SQL Server  //  No Comments

What do you think are the minimum skills a person should have before they are allowed to manage a database?  Does it matter whether or not it’s a production database?  Does it matter how much data is there? What kind of data? Is recovery a goal or a symptom?  Does it matter how old you are? Or how old the database is?  What is the meaning of all this anyway?

Thomas LaRock ( blog | @sqlrockstar ) and I will be talking about what a Minimalist DBA is, what skills we think they need, and how to ensure that they have them on 3 December at Noon EST for the DBA Fundamentals Virtual Chapter of PASS.

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               "The best DBA is a lazy DBA…or at least a Minimalist DBA"

Every profession has a core set of responsibilities that are expected of every practitioner.  For anyone that has the letters “DBA” in their job description their job function is a black box to anyone on the outside. "What do you do here?" is a common question for most DBAs.

Some DBAs are a part-time data modelers, SAN admins, VM admins. Sometimes they know all about security, or Active Directory, or .NET. It differs from one shop to another. Whether it is day one or one hundred in your career as a DBA you need to make certain you stay focused on your core duties. If you slip up then you will find out why DBA often stands for Default Blame Acceptor.

Attend this webinar to make sure that no matter what your level of efficiency and laziness you are able to focus on the bare essentials (the minimum) necessary to be a Rockstar DBA."

Karen Lopez is a senior project manager and architect for InfoAdvisors. A frequent speaker at conferences and local user groups, she has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen is a chronic volunteer, a SQL Server MVP, and an active advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and data quality. She isn’t a DBA, but loves to talk and debate about the effectiveness of lazy DBAs.  She isn’t sure if the minimalist thing is a strength or an excuse. 

Thomas LaRock is a Microsoft Certified Master, a SQL Server MVP, a VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry in various roles such as programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator. He is also the author of “DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA” (http://dbasurvivor.com) and has participated in the technical review of several other books.

Currently, Thomas is a Technical Evangelist for Confio Software. This role allows for him to work with a variety of customers to help solve questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization. Thomas also serves on the Board of Directors for PASS as Vice President of Marketing. You can find out more information about him at his blog: http://thomaslarock.com/resume/.

You can probably expect our usual level of snark, debate, levity and great info for this presentation.  Bring your ideas and snark, too.  I always ensure that the audience is part of the presentation, so expect more the a slew of bullet points and demos.  And even though this is hosted by a SQL Server organization, all we will be talking about will be applicable to multiple platforms.  That’s how real enterprise database systems are anyway, right?

You’ll need to register, but it’s free.  By the way, if you also register on that site, you’ll become a member of that chapter.  And that’s free, too.

Photos From #NoSQLNow Event

Aug 22, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Events, NoSQL, Speaking, Travel  //  No Comments

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Big Challenges in Data Modeling–Modeling for NoSQL, Schemaless & Unstructured Data 22 Aug

Aug 21, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, NoSQL, Speaking  //  No Comments

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Join me and three data experts in my Big Challenges in Data Modeling webinar on Thursday 22 Aug 11AM PDT/ 2PM EDT.  Since I’m attending the NowSQL Now! conference , our topic this week will be how data architects and modelers should be involved in requirements and modeling efforts on NoSQL, Schemaless, and Unstructured Data projects…or is there a role for them at all?

Some of the topics we hope to cover during the panel:

  • What is NoSQL?  If it’s Not Only SQL, where does SQL fit?
  • What sort of data modeling/data requirements should be completed on a NoSQL project?
  • How can we best leverage existing data models?
  • Where do schemas matter? Don’t they?
  • Do different NoSQL databases lead to different data cultures?
  • If the datastore is schemaless, when do data analysis (meaning, quality, security, privacy, financial sensitivity) requirements get consideration?
  • How much should an enterprise NoSQL team member understand about the traditional database development process?
  • Who wears the “data professional” hat on NoSQL projects?  Is there one?
  • How do hybrid solutions fit into all this?

Of course we won’t get to all those in the panel, but you can see from the list of candidate questions where we might focus.

Panelists

Join me and these great NoSQL and SQL experts:

Dipti Borkar, Director of Product Management, Couchbase

  • Dipti Borkar is a Director of Product Management at Couchbase where she is responsible for the company¹s flagship product, Couchbase Server, and works with customers and users to understand emerging requirements for low-latency, scalable data stores. Dipti has deep technical experience in the database industry having worked at IBM as a software engineer and Development Manager for the DB2 server team and then at MarkLogic as a Senior Product Manager.

Alex Peake, Data Architect, Intuit

  • I am passionate about extracting value from data, and have been for over twenty years. In the early days it was with start-ups, several of them my own. I have also worked with larger companies like Iron Mountain, PayPal and Intuit. I have designed and implemented systems for managing data and analyzing it.
  • In the relational world have been OLTP systems, like Oracle and VoltDB, and for Data Warehouse systems, Teradata, Netezza and Vertica. In the non-relational world I have worked with the Hadoop ecosystem, NoSQL databases like Cassandra, HBase and MongoDB, and streaming solutions. In the analytical world, I have built systems for marketing segmentation, and used machine learning methodologies with tools like R and MatLab.

Hamiton Hayes, Sandhill Consultants

  • Hamilton Hayes is a Senior Consultant for Sandhill Consultants Ltd. Over time, Ham has led much of the evolution of the CA ERwin product suite and its supporting education courses. He has provided his extensive expertise in information, process and enterprise modeling to numerous major North American corporations and government agencies.
  • Ham has authored articles and delivered presentations to industry groups on enterprise modeling and its role in improving performance. The focus of his consulting and teaching has helped enterprises bridge the space between technical modeling and business success. He is also researcher in modeling, using the ERwin products to model non-linear social interactions.

Unlike many webinars, we provide many mechanisms for attendees to participate during the live event.  We have attendee-attendee chat, plus a formal Q&A section.  We also participate via Twitter using hastag #BCDModling

This webinar is free, but registration is required.  See you there!

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