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Join the #SQLPASS Global Growth Tweet Chat 20-21 June #SQLPASSGG

Jun 19, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Events, Professional Development, Social Networking, SQL Server  //  No Comments

I recently joined the SQLPASS Global Growth committee to help PASS look at changes to governance and organizational structures in order to better meet the needs of non-North American* members.

PASS has been highly successful in locations outside the US, but they want to take more steps to ensure that they aren’t just a US-based organization that allows non-US members to join. I belong to many such IT associations and as a Canadian-based member, my needs are often not met or even valued.  Except for member membership dues.  That’s why I wanted to help out.

I’ve been involved in a few similar societal transitions over the years and I hope to bring that experience to the team.  Some of those organizations have been working for more than a decade to make such a transition. Others managed the transition well and are growing internationally.  That’s what I want for PASS.

Even though I have close ties to the US, I hope that I can bring a more global point of view to all the discussions.  In fact, we all can do that via the feedback mechanisms offered.




PASS has set up a site with background materials and a preliminary plan for moving forward:

You will find background documents, a discussion forum, and an email address for sending your comments.  Check it out and then join us on Thursday and Friday to chat about it on Twitter.

Tweet Chats

A Tweet Chat is a focused set of discussions on Twitter that allow Twitter users to ask questions or provide comments and feedback on the Global Growth Initiative.  There are currently six sessions scheduled:


June 20: 13:00 GMT       Convert time

June 20: 17:00 GMT

June 20: 23:00 GMT

June 21: 13:00 GMT

June 21: 17:00 GMT

June 21: 23:00 GMT

You don’t have to be on Twitter to watch the Tweet Chat, but you do if you’d like to post questions or give comments during the chat.  The hashtag we’ll be using is #SQLPASSGG .  You can use the Twitter search function by following that hashtag link to follow along. 

I’ll be staffing the 20 June 1700 GMT (1 PM ET) Tweet Chat and I hope to attend most of them as my schedule allows.

I’m excited about the path that PASS is taking and I hope you are, too. In my opinion, it’s important that SQL Server professionals have a common foundation for discussing SQL Server, methods, membership perks, and the direction of the association.  In order to this, we need a common umbrella organization (that’s even free to join!) to pull us together.

So stop by Twitter during one of the times (or even later) to give us your feedback.  I may even retweet you.


* North American here really means US and Canada in this context.  But as I always say: "one should not get their geography lessons from mobile phone companies".

Workshop 26 June: Data Governance & Stewardship, St. Paul MN

Jun 14, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Events, Space, Speaking  //  No Comments

On behalf of Embarcadero Technologies, I’m leading a workshop on Data Governance and Stewardship in Minneapolis St. Paul on 26 June.   This event is free to attend; all you have to do is register.

We’ll be talking about:

Data Governance and Stewardship: Expert Guidance from Karen Lopez

Effective data governance and stewardship is a crucial component of every business. InfoAdvisors’ Principal Consultant, Karen Lopez, will share essential guidance on:

  • Leveraging enterprise data as a corporate asset
  • Tips, tricks, and traps to avoid when developing a data governance program
  • Managing business expectations cost-effectively and time-efficiently

Karen will also reveal highlights on compliance and policy programs from recent discussions with data professionals in the US Federal Government and Industry organizations.

Karen Lopez, Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc.

Karen is a Principal Consultant at InfoAdvisors Inc. with more than twenty years of experience helping organizations implement large, multi-project programs. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development and has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards, based on the department’s culture, experience, and focus. Karen is the Moderator of InfoAdvisors/ IRM discussion groups, an online community of several thousand data management professionals and is also on the Board of Advisors for DAMA International. For more information, visit

Event Details

Date:        June 26, 2012
Time:        2-4pm
Location:  University of Minnesota Conference Center
                 1890 Buford Avenue. St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone:      612-624-3275
Register Now:

I hope to make this interactive and fun.  There may also be space photos….

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