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Data Stories…

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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Data Stories….

Feb 26, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Analytics, Blog, Data, Data Visualization  //  1 Comment

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I prefer to think of it is trying to decipher the stories data is already saying.  So more listening, less torture.

A New World of Data….

Feb 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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Join #TeamData for a Virtual Pi Day 5k

Jan 28, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Awesome, Blog, DLBlog, Fun  //  1 Comment

 

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Register

You can join #TeamData on a virtual run or walk any time between 12-15 March. A virtual races means you run it wherever you want, whenever you want during those days.  You can even split your runs/walks over those days.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First off, you register for the Pi Day 5K. Online registration is currently open. You can register at any time, up until midnight on March 5th. (Canadian registration closes one week earlier to allow for shipping times. Sorry, eh.) Your registration will come with a sumptuously soft Pi Day 5K shirt you can wear with pride, plus a bib number and finisher’s medal (if you wear the medal before completing the run, you will burst into flames), all which you will receive the week before the run dates. Run the Pi Day 5K wherever you’d like (on your favorite local running trail, in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, in a fog, on a log, etc) between March 13th and March 15th. Once you have run, report your time to us to be eligible for marvelous prizes.

$1 from every registration goes to fund #STEM activities.  There’s even a special priced Kid’s Run that comes with Shwings (I LOVE MY SHWINGS!)

So come join us for an easy, just as fast as you want it, Pi Pie 5k in mid-March.  To register as part of the team, just choose “Join a Team” on the registration page.

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You can tweet your prep and run using hashtags #TeamData and #PiDay5k

See you out on the road, virtually. 

Join #TeamData for the Portland Half Marathon

Jan 28, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Awesome, Blog, DLBlog, Fun  //  1 Comment

If you’ve been following me on Twitter (@datachick), you know I’ve been checking some races off my bucket list.  I apologize for all those tweets, by the way…but I also loved the fact that people could Tweet to me while I ran.  It’s so helpful to have people virtually cheering me on.

TeamDataBinaryI’ve made a commitment to run a race a month for 2015, so I’m going to be setting up “teams’ for the races that allow this.  The first one I’ve set up is for the Portland, Oregon half marathon.  This is a longer distance, I know, but I’ve run both the half and the full marathon and I can tell you they are excellent events.  There’s an 8-hour cut off for both races.  That means you have 8 hours to finish.  Since a half marathon is 13.1 miles, 8 hours means you can run, walk, stroll or whatever you want to do. In fact, 8 hours would give you time to stroll, have lunch and a nap during those 13+ miles/21+ kilometres.

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This race is known for its great crowd support, on-course music, excellent swag and great food after the race. Plus, it’s Portland. Food Trucks. Coffee. Donuts. The perfect race fuel.

Register to join us on 4 October 2015.  Registration for this race usually closes around the end of January, so you only have a couple of days to commit.

And if you can’t join us, remember you can still cheer us on.

Theory of Data…

Jan 13, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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Join us at #SQLBits: Designing for Performance Training, with Video and Snark

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Database, Database Design, DLBlog, SQL Server  //  No Comments
At SQLBits

I’m excited to announce that Thomas LaRock (@sqlrockstar | blog) and I will be presenting a full-day Training Day (PreCon) at SQLBIts XIV in London, UK.

Our session, Designing For Performance: Myths and Misunderstandings, is going to feature hands-on labs, exercises and lots of challenges to help you master your own SQL Server superpowers. It will be held on Thursday, 5 March 2015. Registration is open NOW.

 


 

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Everyone agrees that great database performance starts with great database design. So why do so many poorly designed databases exist in the world? Attend this session to understand why bad designs will always exist, what you can do to avoid them, and how best to work with them when needed.
Discussion topics will include:

  • Server/Infrastructure design
    • VM/Server configuration
    • Physical file layouts
    • HA/DR options
    • Archiving
  • Database/Table design
    • Table design
    • PK/FK choices
    • Index strategies
  • Benchmarking
    • Monitoring for performance
    • Control reports

Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of the following:

  • Why common issues are so common
  • How to better anticipate issues before they happen 
  • How to deploy and implement design choices that benefit everyone
  • Proper performance benchmarking and control reports

 


SQLBits Superheroes

 

This will be my 3rd SQLBits conference,  They are a lot of fun and jam-packed full of learning and networking.  As you can see from the video above, Tom and I will also ensure that you aren’t just sitting through 8 hours of bullet points and sparse slides with funny pictures.  We’ll be talking about what design approaches work in what situations and all the myths and misunderstandings out there about database design and configurations.

Register now and engage your own superpowers. Or just stand there looking pretty.  It’s up to you.

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