Browsing articles in "Professional Development"

DAMA Kansas City – Data Modeling for Data Protection

https://kcdama.org/

DAMA Kansas City – Kansas City chapter of the Data Management Association (DAMA) < I’ll be talking about #dataprotection and #security #privacy on Thursday. Join me!

Join the live streaming Cloud Field Day 1 #CFD1

Sep 14, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Analytics, Blog, Cloud, Data, DLBlog, Events, Open Data, Speaking  //  1 Comment

I’m a delegate at the inaugural Cloud Field Day. We’ll be live streaming all the events, including our podcasts today and tomorrow.

Wednesday:

Podcast on Is Data Boring?

Podcast on Is Cloud Tech the solution or is it the Cloud Process?

Podcast on Is DevOps A Load of Crap?

Visit with Cisco

Visit with Druva

Visit with Scality

Visit with Docker

 

What’s a Data Professional Doing at #VMWorld?

Last week I attended VMWorld, the conference for VMWare customers and partners.  I know what you are thinking: “why would a DataChick go to a conference about virtualization technologies?” 

Yes, VMWare is a bit off my normal path of events and writings, but that makes it even more interesting to me. I attended because:

1. Tech Field Day Extra

Tech Field Day invited me to attend Tech Field Day Extra (#TFDx), which is an abbreviated version of their full events (like the Cloud Field Day 1 (#CFD1) I’m attending next week.  Tech Field Days bring in vendor product teams to demo and talk about their products with independent professionals who share their thoughts about what they heard with their audiences and communities. I attended the presentations for:

Docker:  Docker is software based on open standards that helps you package up all the parts of a solution and then deploy that anywhere.  You may have heard people talking about containers and how they help with successful DevOps processes. By using containers, deployments are easier to deploy and scale. More about Docker. 

image
https://www.docker.com/what-docker#/VM

I’ll be writing more about Docker and Datachick data pros in another post.

Primary Data: Primary Data presented about their solution Datasphere, a data virtualization product that uses some nifty market-optimization-like processing to automatically move data to where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.  It’s “storage agnostic”, meaning through rules and group, data professionals can guide the right places for data to reside, and let the system decide (if needed), the fastest place for that data to rest. 

The also had me at the wonderful space graphics on their website.

image
http://primarydata.com

I cover Primary Data in a future post, where I will talk about the use of rules and groups and objectives metadata to manage the data virtualization and data orchestration that are possible.

Sandisk: (owned now by Western Digital)  Sandisk Data Center product teams talked with us about some deep dive internal virtualization features that frankly are well beyond my skills levels in virtual machines.  As an overview, they talked about using Flashsoft for VMWare APIs for managing IO for  storage / caches.

image
https://www.sandisk.com/business/datacenter/resources/data-sheets/flashsoft-4-for-vmware-vsphere-6

I will be hearing from again next week at Cloud Field Day 1, so I will be writing about them in a future post.

2. VMWorld Press

I was invited to VMWorld on a press credential.  That meant I had access to all sessions and exhibits.  I attended various press conference/meetings.  I spent time talking to vendors who were most focused on data, DevOps and cloud technologies: Primary Data, SkyTap, SolarWinds, Datrium, Pure Storage, Dell Software, Turbonomic, X-IO, Github, Puppet, and SIOS.  Most of my coverage of these technologies happened via Twitter @datachick.  I expect from the conversations, though, that I will be covering these solutions and services in the longer term.  Once this series is completed, I’ll wrap it up with some thoughts on VMWorld.

3. Professional Development

Over the last couple of years I’ve been focusing a lot of my professional development on cloud technologies and processes.  This leads to learning more about hybrid technologies (cloud and on-prem, plus private clouds). All of this has shown me that I need to understand virtualization and data centre technologies more than I have had to know in the past.  Working in other communities has helped me make the contacts and friends that I need to be successful. I think every few years IT pros should be an event that is related to but not the focus of their specialization to broaden their understand of the tiny piece of the puzzle they work on.

I also found some time to attend sessions and I hope to get some posts up later about the ones I picked.

4. My Own Data Management Environments

While I was attending these sessions and talking to vendors, I was thinking about the data tools environments I manage: repositories, model marts, data management tools, configuration files, etc.  All of them can benefit from my implementing these technologies.  It’s sort of a “metadata centre” I need to think about, too. I’m hoping to write about those experiences as well.

Finally

The advent of Software-defined {Storage | Data Centre |Networks | Software Smile} means that configurations, metadata, policies, and rules will need to be well-managed.  I see my job as a data professional just as applicable in managing data centre data as line of business data.  If we aren’t apply our rules to our own work, then why would the business trust us when we tell them they should be doing that with “their” data?

Join me at DellWorld 2016 in Austin, TX

Aug 15, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Cloud, Data, Data Modeling, DLBlog, NoSQL, Professional Development, SQL Server  //  1 Comment

Dell World 2016 logo
I will be attending DellWorld 2016 as an influencer/media/analyst participant. This means that I’ll get access to the regular sessions, plus special engagements with product teams to see what they’ve been working on recently and what they want to do in the future. I’ve attended a couple of Dell on-site events and am looking forward to talking to key customers and real-world, hands-on data professionals. Also, doesn’t everyone want to visit Austin as much as possible?

If you will be attending Dell World, let me know. I hope we can #selfie. Or just have a real conversation. Or we can get breakfast tacos.

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre (MCEC)–Great Stuff

Jun 28, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Careers, Data, DLBlog, Fun  //  No Comments

I love getting to see new technologies changing the world.  The opening of the new Vancouver Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre included prominent Microsoft and Canadian leaders, including our Geek Prime Minister.  Take a few minutes to see how all my favourite buzzwords come together:

Microsoft + my Canadian BF + Jobs + Deep Learning + AI + Machine Learning + Investing + Accessibility + YVR + SEA + Innovation + Prime Minister "knows how to code already" + Geek + Big news for Canada

This sort of “making a difference” is why I keep getting out of bed in the morning.

Slide decks and PASS Summit: About Me Slides

May 25, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Events, Professional Development, Speaking, SQL Server, Training  //  10 Comments

Karen Lopez About Me Slide

I’ve been extremely lucky to have my sessions selected for speaking at PASS Summits for 4 of the last 5 years.  One year all my topics (data modeling and database design) were deemed to be “off-topic” for the Summit crowd. The good news I still got to speak because each of the two founding organizations (Microsoft and CA) let me use one of their slots or co-presented with me on the topics of database architectures and designs.

One of the outcomes of speakers using their community slots to do sales from the podium is that this event now has a rule that your slide deck can have only one mention of your name and our company.  Yes, because people were being overly focused on what they could get out of the crowd instead of sharing knowledge with attendees, the rest of the speakers and attendees have to feel pain.

Win-Win

I’m proposing that we allow speakers to put a form of their About Me slide at both the beginning and the end of a slide deck.  Yup. Just one more slide.

The first About Me slide is to establish a the speaker’s credibility on the subject, plus to disclose any potential conflicts of interest the speaker might have. Speaker works for a vendor? Check. Speaker wrote a book on this? Check. Speaker is a data architect and not a DBA? Check.

Note that having a potential conflict of interest on a topic isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It’s just a disclosure, not a confession.  In the past, when InfoAdvisors partnered with vendors, that would be on my About Me slide for presentations about data modeling, because I had partner agreements with most of the data modeling tool vendors.  We don’t have partner agreement any longer, but we do work with data modeling tool vendors.

When I speak in vendor-hosted slots, I’m careful to explain to attendees that they are in a paid speaking session and I disclose why I’m there and whether or not I was compensated to be there.  In the Summit year I spoke in vendor slots, I wasn’t compensated other than to get a spot via means other than the program committee.

The second About Me slide, at the end of the deck, plays the role of "Okay, I just talked with you for an hour about something I’m passionate about. If you’d like to talk more about it, or if you have problems with my demos, or if you have a question you want to ask me, here’s how to reach me.

For me, this isn’t just the norm for all events, it’s etiquette as well. 

Some speakers in the community have said “but all the attendees know who we are”.  No, no they don’t.  Celebrity is a bit overrated here. 

Regulation is Born from Bad Behaviours

I think it’s odd our community has a rule that keeps us from doing the second slide. I know the rule came from speakers who were overly sales-y in their talks. That’s what makes me sad about the other discussions I blogged about yesterday. Bad behaviour by sales-focused speakers ruins the experience for attendees at the event and for years after.

Bad behaviour by sales-focused speakers ruins the experience for attendees at the event and for years after.

If we started collecting data from attendees about how promotional speakers were in their sessions, that would be a much better indicator of whether or not sales was happening from the podium.  At EDW for the last several years, the attendee survey asks people:

“Was the speaker too "commercial?"  i.e. did he/she seem to be selling their own product / services / book / etc.?”

It’s a simple Yes/No question.  The measure is reported back to the speaker and the event organizers.  The overall conference evaluation asks for the attendees to list the speakers who were overly sales focused during the event. I think that’s a great question to ask the community. This data is much more likely than the ban on mentioning your name more than once in an hour to indicate whether or not the speaker is there to sell you his or her stuff.

One of the reasons decks have to be submitted for review at Summit is so that dozens of volunteers can scour the slides for mentions of the speaker’s name or company.  That isn’t really a value add for attendees, yet we do it because people have been overly focused on selling their products or services instead of the community. We’ve incurred a huge cost (in volunteer hours) to enforce this and some other less important things AND added months to gap between slide preparations and presentation time. This leads to pain for both the speakers and the audience.

Speakers break this rule all the time.  Some get called out, some don’t. We basically have a rule that is unevenly enforced and silly. It’s time to change this rule. 

It has been five years I’ve been asking for our community to change this rule. I believe I’ve followed it every time I’ve presented at Summit. There may be a time when the last slide from having given the presentation before has stayed in the deck, but I really want to follow the rules. So now after 5 years of emails and chats, I’ve blogged about my idea for win-win solution in hopes that other community folks will say “yes, I think that’s a good idea”.

Make it Right

We should be asking attendees of sessions and in the overall conference evaluation if a speaker spent too much time selling his blog, his books, his services or his products. We should allow two slides about the speaker in a slide deck.  These two changes to our rules will benefit attendees and speakers. These changes are win-win.

Pages:1234567...26»

Subscribe via E-mail

Use the link below to receive posts via e-mail. Unsubscribe at any time. Subscribe to www.datamodel.com by Email


Categories

Archive

UA-52726617-1