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27 June Big Challenges with Data Modeling: Data Modelers and DBAs

This month’s webinar (2PM EDT/11AM PDT) focuses on how DBAs and Data Modelers can collaborate better.  You know what it’s like: we both love our data and what databases to purr.  But what happens when our points of views differ?  Is performance more important that some data quality?  Should we all be using the same tools?  Who should be calling the shots?  Who should be “in charge”?  What deliverable should we be preparing?

Our webinars are very interactive.  We open the chat to everyone and offer a formal Q&A for asking questions and giving feedback to the panelists.  You can even join early to chat with us and we tend to stay about after to have “off the record” follow up conversations.  So this isn’t a lecture, but an online community event to chat about what we can do as a team to provide data and database solutions to our organizations.

We are sponsored this month by CA Technologies, the makers of CA ERwin®.  Thanks, ERwin team!

You’ll need to pre-register, but it’s free.  Do it now.  It will be fun.


About the Presentation

We invite you to join us in this monthly DATAVERSITY webinar series, “Big Challenges with Data Modeling” hosted by Karen Lopez. Join Karen and two or more expert panelists each month to discuss their experiences in breaking through these specific data modeling challenges. Hear from experts in the field on how and where they came across these challenges and what resolution they found. Join them in the end for the Q&A portion to ask your own questions on the challenge topic of the month.

This Month’s Panelists

  • Yanni Robel, Lead DBA, Database Operations Team at
    • Yanni (@yannirobel)  manages the Database Operations team at in Seattle, WA. She is a very active Senior Database Administrator as well, leveraging more than a dozen years of experience working with Microsoft SQL Server products and technologies.Yanni specializes in bridging communications between the business, the developers, the sysadmins, and the DBAs to help everyone understand what it is that they depend on. As an active member in the SQL community, previous developer, and parent, Yanni knows the importance of knowing what you don’t know and leveraging the collective knowledge of others and the community to learn and grow. Yanni is pleased to give back to peers, coworkers (past & present), and recruiters by sharing knowledge.
  • Javed Mati, Sales Director, Myriad Solutions UK Ltd
    • [Bio Pending]
  • Paul Agnew
    • Paul Agnew is an author, consultant and speaker with more than 20 years experience in the data modeling and data integration fields in many different industries. He is the co-author (With Len Silverston) of The Data Model Resource Book Volume 3: Universal Patterns in Data Modeling, which describes universal data modeling patterns. Mr. Agnew, has been a featured speaker at the prestigious DAMA International conference, and has presented papers on many different aspects of data management field.Paul has extensive, hands-on experience working in many different industries, including financial services, insurance and re-insurance, health care, healthcare informatics, sales and marketing and manufacturing. Paul is an expert in solution architecture, data architecture, data quality, master data management, data warehousing, big data and data governance.


My Chat with Chris Hadfield. Yeah, It Was That Kinda Friday.

Jun 14, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Awesome, Blog, Fun, Space  //  2 Comments



This is Chris Hadfield calling from Houston…

Music to my ears.  How appropriate, eh?  Today I was honoured to be able to chat with Commander Chris Hadfield. It was brief, but I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to talk to him again.  It was a personal call, so I didn’t record it.  Some of the highlights:

  • He remembered where we had met once – at a Canadian Science Writers event in Toronto. I think he remembered because of @venusbarbie.  Yes, that sort of stuff gets you remembered.   I told him I actually met him first at Nolan’s Pub in Cocoa Beach the night of the STS-134 Endeavour scrub — a surreal informal event with about 40 astronauts, NASA, ESA and other space organization staff.  Plus a few star-struck spacetweeps.
  • We talked about the maple cookies that I nominated to go to the space station.  I sometimes bring these to events because they are so dang good and do a good job of representing Canadian sweets. And they smell wonderful.
  • We talked about the amazing job he and the Canadian Space Agency did in promoting space exploration, STEM, and working hard to meet one’s goals.  And #Chris2D. I really miss my travelling companion.   I admire the wonderful people at the CSA and all they did to make these exciting thing happen.  I can’t wait to see what they do next.
  • We chatted a bit about his accomplishments before, during and after his mission.
  • We talked about his future plans for where he will be living and projects he will be doing.  I’m sure he’ll be tweeting about those soon.

So why did I get the call?  Officially, because I won a contest for nominating Canadian food to go to the International Space Station.  Since he asked “You’re Datachick, right"?”, I’m hoping my prolific tweeting and sharing managed to help him in his work on space and STEM outreach.  I can dream, too, right?

You’re Datachick, right?

It was a great honour that Chris would take time out of his busy schedule to personally call the winners of this contest.  I am happy that I got a chance to tell him how much I valued his work and the out come of his efforts going forward.  That’s one of the things I think is wonderful about all the astronauts, but especially @cmdr_Hadfield. During his mission it always felt that he put a lot of effort into ensuring that people understood why we have the Station, why space is so important, and why regular people like you and me should be paying attention.  I think he managed to get a lot of attention for STEM, space and space agencies, don’t you?

Thanks, Chris.  For all you did and all you are going to do in the future.  I can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing next.

Even though Chris is back on Earth and moving back to Canada, you can still follow the astronauts on the ISS, including my good friend (okay, I met him a couple of times) Luca Parmitato (@astro_luca).  Luca was Chris’s mission backup.  Luca is currently sharing photos and doing interviews from the ISS.  You should go follow him for more space goodness.


Maple Cream Cookies in Space

Maple Cream Cookies I nominated - Chris's photo from the ISS


Music Monday Video


Travelling with Chris2D

Datachick and Chris2D. Photo by Josh Fennessy

Stubborn @YanniRobel at the Big Hill

Jun 2, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Snark  //  2 Comments


Go @YanniRobel

Jun 2, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Snark  //  2 Comments

Yanni is great.


The Whole Idea…

Jun 1, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun  //  No Comments

This applies to everything in life, doesn’t it?

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.

– George Sheenan

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