As I posted earlier, I’ll be speaking at the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit (PASS Summit) in Seattle next week. This is going to be my first #SQLPASS (this is the Twitter hastag for the conference), but I feel as if I’m going to a friend reunion. Like a family reunion, but fun.
Many of the SQLCruisers who joined us on the first ever SQL Cruise will be speaking and attending. Many of my Twitter friends will be there, too. So unlike other “first time” conferences, I’m not going to be standing on the sidelines or circling the lunch tables looking for the friendliest table in hopes of having a decent conversation.
The sqlpass.org website has a schedule builder which I used and what popped out the other end was a calendar double and triple booked for every hour of the day. It’s going to be like Enterprise Data World, where I want to be everywhere at the same time.
Not only are there incredible sessions, but there’s a ton of fun professional networking I’ll be attending:
Tuesday has a special, unofficial #inappropriatePASS sessions meeting where a bunch of us are getting together to give “unpresentations” as I call them. These are anti-patterns or opposite topic presentations. Topics include things like leaving your SA password blank, turning off referential integrity for better performance, etc. What I love about this fun night is that it helps you think about a topic by arguing the opposite of what you actually believe. A classic teaching method that makes for a lot of fun.
Wednesday is Women in IT (#PASSWIT) Luncheon. Lots of swag and great discussions about why we need better diversity in IT. There’s also a Chalk Talk and other events about Women in IT throughout the conference.
Wednesday is also #SQLKilt day, where attendees, speakers, and exhibitors wear kilts because….heck, I don’t know why. They just do. Jen McCown of Midnight DBA fame has even designed a WIT t-shirt that merges both the WIT luncheon and sqlkilt memes. Check it out.
Thursday 1PM: My presentation on Starting with More than a Blank Page: Implementing Industry Standard Data Models.
Exhbits: As in most conferences, these run for a couple days. I love these parts of the conference because I get to see what vendors, sponsors and associations are doing in the data world.
Informal networking: My favourite part of any conference. Meeting new people, convening with old friends, making connections.
DArcVC: While this new Data Architecture PASS virtual chapter has already had it’s first meeting, I see the summit as its “coming out” party. I look forward to meeting with SQL Server professionals who also share a passion for data architecture. Joining DArcVC is free.
Watch the #SQLPASS, #PASSWIT, #DArchVC hashtags on Twitter to see what’s happening. You don’t have to join Twitter to see the posts, just go to search.twitter.com and enter one of the hashtags.
And if you are going to be at SQLPASS, be sure to say “Hi” to either one of us.
I was recently sent a review copy of Neal Fishman’s Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic by the publisher, IBM Press/Pearson PLC. As a former Amazon.com Top 700 Reviewer, I get many texts for review, some within my area of expertise and others that are so far off my target and areas of interest that I rarely have time to read them.
Fishman’s work is outstanding. This book is fun to read, makes a great analogy, and includes great quotes for use in your next should-we-take-care-of-our-data-better debate.
I will be talking about the costs, benefits, and risks of adopting data models and patterns that have been developed outside your organization.
Thursday, November 11 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Session Type: Regular session
Track: Application and Database Development
Speaker(s): Karen Lopez
Have you ever considered using pre-existing pattern models to jump start your database projects? Have you considered purchasing proprietary models? Did you know that there are hundreds of models available to you for free or for minimal cost? In this presentation, Karen discusses some of the benefits and gotchas of working with acquired models – industry standard models, patterns, and other universal model concepts.
This session includes topics such as:
- The costs, benefits, and risks of working with industry standard data models
- The benefits of using industry standards in your package acquisition projects
- Choosing the right process
- Myths in working with pattern models
- 10 Tips for successfully working with third party models
- What you should know before committing to project plans and estimates
- Lessons Learned
In less than 2 days we’re heading off to the airport to start the trek to Seattle. Truth be told, I don’t really want to fly to the West Coast again, but I’m really looking forward to being there. You see, the PASS Summit is next week and @datachick is attending and speaking. I’m not a SQL person so it didn’t make sense for me to attend. There are other conferences for me to attend and speak at, but I’m passing on this one (no pun intended).
Even though I’m not attending, there are a lot of great people attending that I’ve met in person and even more that I talk to/follow/stalk on Twitter. I want to be able to get together with people and network and have a great time with everyone so I’m hitching a ride with Karen. I find that at conferences and events like this it is just as much the networking and socializing as it is the conference itself. In fact, I learn a lot about what’s happening in IT, business, and the world by just talking to people from all over. So, I’ll be hanging around the conference and “extra-curricular” events (I’m already signed up for 3) to socialize and soak up the atmosphere and knowledge of all these great people.
And while everyone is in their sessions during the day, I’ll be out exploring (and Tweeting about) all there is to see and do in Seattle as I’ve never had a chance to do it before.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next week and if you see the silly looking Canadian that looks a little lost, say Hi and I’ll say Hi back and we’ll take it from there.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
I think we have a lot to learn from this. We can write all the nifty data definitions but what really makes for a good understanding is seeing and experiencing. One of the things that has been difficult to overcome on my highly-distributed work teams has been the tough time we having trying to truly understand the business and share that understanding.
Data and Process models are a fabulous method for capturing the understanding, but models aren’t for attaining that understanding. It is faster and easier to understand a business process by watching it take place.
While we’ve been using DotNetNuke as both our blog and website content management system for a long time, we are taking the plunge and moving our blog content off DNN and on to a self hosted WordPress platform.
This is going to allow us to take advantage of better posting and reading features, as well as better support multiple bloggers (like letting Rob Drysdale (@projmgr) post under his real name instead of mine.
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