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And we’re off! To the PASS Summit, that is

Nov 5, 2010   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Professional Development, Speaking  //  No Comments

image As I posted earlier, I’ll be speaking at the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit (PASS Summit) in Seattle next week. This is going to be my first #SQLPASS (this is the Twitter hastag for the conference), but I feel as if I’m going to a friend reunion.  Like a family reunion, but fun. 

Many of the SQLCruisers who joined us on the first ever SQL Cruise will be speaking and attending.  Many of my Twitter friends will be there, too.  So unlike other “first time” conferences, I’m not going to be standing on the sidelines or circling the lunch tables looking for the friendliest table in hopes of having a decent conversation.

The website has a schedule builder which I used and what popped out the other end was a calendar double and triple booked for every hour of the day.  It’s going to be like Enterprise Data World, where I want to be everywhere at the same time.

Not only are there incredible sessions, but there’s a ton of fun professional networking I’ll be attending:

Tuesday has a special, unofficial #inappropriatePASS sessions meeting where a bunch of us are getting together to give “unpresentations” as I call them.  These are anti-patterns or opposite topic presentations.  Topics include things like leaving your SA password blank, turning off referential integrity for better performance, etc.  What I love about this fun night is that it helps you think about a topic by arguing the opposite of what you actually believe.  A classic teaching method that makes for a lot of fun.

Copyright All rights reserved by Lucid77  Used with permission. is Women in IT (#PASSWIT) Luncheon.  Lots of swag and great discussions about why we need better diversity in IT. There’s also a Chalk Talk and other events about Women in IT throughout the conference.

Wednesday is also #SQLKilt day, where attendees, speakers, and exhibitors wear kilts because….heck, I don’t know why.  They just do.  Jen McCown of Midnight DBA fame has even designed a WIT t-shirt that merges both the WIT luncheon and sqlkilt memes.  Check it out.

Thursday 1PM: My presentation on Starting with More than a Blank Page: Implementing Industry Standard Data Models.

Exhbits: As in most conferences, these run for a couple days.  I love these parts of the conference because I get to see what vendors, sponsors and associations are doing in the data world. 

Informal networking: My favourite part of any conference.  Meeting new people, convening with old friends, making connections.

DArcVC: While this new Data Architecture PASS virtual chapter has already had it’s first meeting, I see the summit as its “coming out” party.  I look forward to meeting with SQL Server professionals who also share a passion for data architecture.  Joining DArcVC is free.

Watch the #SQLPASS, #PASSWIT, #DArchVC hashtags on Twitter to see what’s happening.  You don’t have to join Twitter to see the posts, just go to and enter one of the hashtags.

And if you are going to be at SQLPASS, be sure to say “Hi” to either one of us.

Speaking: Starting with More than a Blank Page #SQLPASS

Nov 4, 2010   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Professional Development, Speaking  //  1 Comment

image I’m very happy to announce that on Thursday, 11 November at 1PM PDT I’ll be presenting one of my most popular presentations on using and implementing Industry Standard Data Models.

I will be talking about the costs, benefits, and risks of adopting data models and patterns that have been developed outside your organization.



AD206 Starting with More than a Blank Page: Using an Industry Standard Data Model (AD-206)

Thursday, November 11 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Session Type: Regular session

Track: Application and Database Development

Speaker(s): Karen Lopez

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 presentation, Karen discusses some of the benefits and gotchas of working with acquired models – industry standard models, patterns, and other universal model concepts.

This session includes topics such as:

  • 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
  • 10 Tips for successfully working with third party models
  • What you should know before committing to project plans and estimates
  • Lessons Learned
  • Resources


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