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Big Challenges in Data Modeling: Data Model Patterns–Webinar

Oct 23, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Database Design, Events  //  No Comments

Thursday, 24 October 2013, 2PM EDT

In this month’s Big Challenges in Data Modeling #BCDModeling webinar we’ll be tackling the issue of working with models purchased or borrowed from third parties. This includes standard models, modeling patterns from books, and models inherited with software packages.

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 month’s Data Modeling Challenges webinar, we discusses some of the benefits and gotchas of working with acquired models – industry standard models, patterns, and other universal model concepts.

We will chat about:

· 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

· What you should know before committing to project plans and estimates

· Lessons Learned

· Resources

· …and whatever you, attendees, want to chat about.  It’s a conversation, not a presentation!

My panelists will be Paul Agnew, co-author of The Data Model Resource Book, Vol 3 and David Hay, author of Data Model Patterns, and YOU, the attendees.  Unlike many other webinars, you can participate in the discussion by chatting with each other, as well as asking formal questions to the panelists.

While the formal part of the webinar begins at 2PM EDT, you can join early to start the chat while we go through some sound checks and pre-show rants.  Also, some of us will stay on for about 15-20 minutes “off the record”.  You can also ask questions on Twitter via the #BCDModeling hashtag.

Registration is free, but you do have to register to get into the webinar.

See you soon.

#pdxmarathon Hills. Oh my.

Oct 6, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Travel  //  No Comments







Cheer Us On, Part 2 – 6 October

Oct 6, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Need Your Help  //  No Comments

Sunday Yanni Robel (@yannirobel). Rob (@projmgr) and I (@datachick) will be running the Portland Marathon. Yanni has done so many I can’t keep track.

Tonight we did the pasta dinner are now hoping to get a good sleep.

This is my second full marathon and Rob’s first. So this is where you can help. We all us Runmeter, an app that will not only track and tweet our progress, it will also read your tweets and Facebook posts to us as we run.

Today Yanni showed me she had selected a sexy French voice to read your messages. Just so you know.

I can’t even begin to explain how much hearing your support helps during a race.

You don’t have to install anything. All you have to do is tweet at us. There are just a few things you need to know:

– We can only hear tweets directly tweeted to us, with our twitter IDs right at the beginning of the tweet.

– That means that you will need three separate tweets to talk to all of us. If you mention more than one of us, only the first person will hear the tweet.

– We won’t hear retweets.

– We will probably set our apps to tweet our progress every 2 miles or so. If you reply to those, we will hear your tweet.

– You don’t have to include anything else in the tweet. No need for the Runmeter ID or a hashtag.

– We won’t hear DMs or private messages.

– Status updates also go to our Facebook walls. You can also talk to us there, too.

– I am slow. I will take more than 6 hours to finish. You can sleep in and still help.

– Our corral will probably start at 7:15 -7:30 or so AM PDT. But you don’t have to cheer us only as we start. Messages later are appreciated a lot.

I hope you can help us along the way. Even if you can’t, sending good vibes are also appreciated.

And thank you to all of you who supported us during our training runs.

See you on the other side of 26.2 miles. Upright and smiling.






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