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State of the Union for Data Modeling – DAMA PHX

Apr 14, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //    //  No Comments

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Hello DAMA Phoenix members! We are looking forward to an exciting 2016 for DAMA Phoenix, and are kicking off the year with a very dynamic speaker.

We are very happy to have Karen Lopez of InfoAdvisors present on Apr 14. Karen is a very well known and highly regarded practitioner in data management. Karen is an international speaker on various topics, including data modeling and process modeling, the Zachman framework, and information privacy.

Karen believes 2016 holds a great outlook for data management. At our 2016 meeting Karen’s topic is trends and predictions within the data management discipline and the data industry. Karen will discuss data modeling topics, and include data management innovations resulting from the introduction of disruptive technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop. Attendees will understand the impact of these innovations on their daily work, plus understand how to prioritize their professional development for new challenges occurring in data management and data modeling.
We look forward to you joining us for this exciting session, presented by a very informative and engaging speaker.

Guests may attend their first meeting for free (Does NOT include DAMA Day!)

Data Management Career Success…in Turbulent Times

Slides from my frequent DAMA and Enterprise Data World presentation on data management career success.

Join Me for Data Modeling Training Oct 1-4 in Des Moines, Iowa

Sep 18, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, Training  //  1 Comment

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I’ll be leading two data modeling courses in Des Moines, Iowa the first week of October. Register now as spots are limited. 

Basic Data Modeling: For New Data Modelers

Registration and Networking: 7:45 AM Monday

Monday and Tuesday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Wednesday 8:00 AM to Noon

In this introductory workshop, Karen Lopez covers the theory and skills required to being working on data models in an enterprise environment on modern project teams.

Format

With demonstrations and several exercises, this training course provides the basics and tests attendees to demonstrate their new skills. This course follows a workshop format, with both individual and team exercises.

…but this isn’t your average "Here are all the Normal Forms, now go create a model" course.  Our goal is to make data modeling relevant to modern development practices and tools.  We’ll talk about some of the pain points modelers feel, why developers and DBAs sometimes don’t see the same beauty in our data models and how to ensure everyone, IT and business, sees the value of data modeling and data modelers.

Participant Pre-requisites

As a basic course, it is not expected that attendees will significant data modeling experience.  However, we do expect them to have more than two years of hands-on information technology skills at the enterprise level.   We offer advanced courses for those who do have data modeling experience.  It is also common for attendees of the Basics course to sit in on the Advanced courses to get a better understanding of the issues that experienced data modeler see on a regular basis.


Advanced Data Modeling: Be Happier, Add More Value and Be More Valued

Registration and Networking: 12:45 PM Wednesday

Wednesday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

In this advanced workshop, Karen Lopez covers how to make data modeling more relevant in 2012 and removing pain points for modelers and other team members.   It includes how to be successful in an agile/scrum environment, how to make models valuable in a NoSQL project, how to better work with DBAs, Developers, Project Managers and how to sound and be more valuable.

Format

With demonstrations, exercises and peer-discussions its goal is to give attendees the attitude and skills to add value and be more valued on modern project teams.  This course follows a workshop format, with both individual and team exercises.

Participant Pre-requisites

As an advanced course, it is expected that attendees will have more than two years of hands-on data modeling and database design skills at the enterprise level.   We offer a basics course for those who do not have this experience or feel they need a refresher before participating in this course.


Instructor Bio

Karen Lopez is a Sr. Project Manager and Architect at InfoAdvisors. She has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs.  Karen specializes in the practical application of data management principles. She is a SQL Server MVP, an advisory board member for Zachman International, and an Advisory Committee member of DAMA International.

Karen is also the ListMistress and moderator of the InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups at www.infoadvisors.com.


Fees

Intro class: $500 for DAMA members, $550 for non-members

Advanced class: $300 for DAMA members, $350 for non-members

Data Modeling Essentials, 3rd Edition,Graeme Simsion,Graham Witt,ISBN9780126445510Important: Karen strongly recommends purchasing a copy of Data Modeling Essentials 3rd Edition by Graeme Simsion and Graham Witt. These classes will be based on this book.

See DAMA Iowa event page for information about registration and cancellation policies.


Join me at DAMA Seattle on 9 Oct 2012 – Be Happier…

Sep 11, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, Speaking  //  1 Comment

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I’ll be returning to the DAMA Puget Sound (Seattle) group to give an advanced data modeling presentation on how to add more value and be more valued while you data model.   This is a great group and I hope you can join us.

Advanced Data Modeling: Be Happier, Be More Valued and Add More Value

In this presentation, Karen will discuss the current state of data modeling and data architecture efforts and where we need to be in the current development and database environment to continue to provide value.  Topics will include:

· If the modeler isn’t happy, the data isn’t happy

· Data Modeling in an Agile / SCRUM / modern development projects

· Big Data and other euphemisms

· NoSQL, not-only SQL non-relational, post-relational or whatever you want to call them

· Tools: Where are we, where do we need to be

· Being physical doesn’t mean you have to get dirty

· 10 Steps to happiness, being valuable and providing value

This presentation will be highly interactive, highly relevant and mostly irreverent.  As usual.


Karen Lopez
Sr. Project Manager & Architect, InfoAdvisors
Karen Lopez is a Senior Project Manager and Architect for InfoAdvisors. A frequent speaker at conferences and local user groups, she has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen is a chronic volunteer, a SQL Server MVP, and an active advocate for WIT and Data Quality. 
Karen’s presentations are known for their lively and interactive approach to learning. Her motto: I want you to Love Your Data!

This is an evening event and there is a fee to register.  See the DAMA PS website for more information on registering.

Speaking: DAMA Day Nebraska (Omaha) 3 November – Data Modeling Contentious Issues

Oct 24, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Speaking  //  No Comments

Contentious Issues Post Its

 

The final stop on my DAMA speaking tour is DAMA Nebraska for their DAMA Day. 

Data Modeling Contentious Issues
A highly interactive and popular session where attendees evaluate the options and best practices of common and advanced data modeling issues, such as:

  • Party/party role
  • Natural vs. surrogate keys
  • Class Models vs. Data Models
  • SOAs, Ontologies, ESBs, New TLAs and Shoe Strings
  • What is Logical? What is Physical? Why Do We Care?
  • Politics vs. Customer Satisfaction

Participants in this session will be presented with an issue along with a range of responses or possible solutions. Participants will vote on their preferred response, then the group as a whole will discuss the results, along with the merits of each possible response. If the specific issue has been discussed in other presentations, a summary of the responses of the other groups will be presented. The goal of this workshop is to help practitioners identify potential points of conflict in data modeling, as well as alternative approaches to resolving the issues.

This DAMA Day is sponsored by Embarcadero and they will be making a presentation as well.  Registration is requested.

Speaking: DAMA Chicago 19 October – Data Management: The Straw Poll

Oct 4, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Project Management, Speaking  //  No Comments

Chicago "bean"

The next stop on my DAMA Speaking Tour will be DAMA Chicago on 19 October, where I’ll be presenting on:

Data Management: The Straw Poll

As DAMA heads into its 4th decade, the data management profession works on refining existing approaches, plans for new ones, and investigates emerging topics.  In this session, we will discuss the priorities, roles, and benefits of past, current and new technologies, tools, methods, and patterns.

This highly interactive discussion will measure and record the opinions of the local data management profession.  Topics will cover the enterprise architecture, data architecture, application development, information sharing, project politics,  master data management, data quality  and silver bullet specializations…and more.

Bring your opinions, insights, long-held beliefs and personal experiences.

 

This is a brand new presentation and will follow a format similar to my Data Modeling Contentious Issues presentation, but we will be talking about Data Management as a whole, not specific data modeling issues.  So come join us.

Meeting location: Discover, 2500 Lake Cook Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015-1838 (which is between Deerfield and Northbrook).

Speaking: DAMA IA (Des Moines) Oct 18 – 10 Database Design Blunders

Oct 4, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Database, Speaking  //  No Comments

My next stop on the DAMA chapter speaking tour is Des Moines DAMA Chapter, where I’ll be presenting on 18 October.

 

10 Database Design Blunders

What’s going on in your physical data model? How many people can or will update it to match the reality of what’s going on in your databases? Who decides what goes into the physical model?

In this presentation we discuss 10 physical data modeling mistakes that cost you dearly. Will your physical design lead to performance snags, development delays, bugs and weakening of professional respect?
Data Architects are often tasked to prepare first cut physical data models, yet these skills usually overlap those of DBAs and Developers and this overlap can lead to contention, confusion, and complacency. With this presentation, you’ll learn about the 10 blunders, how to find them, plus 10 tips on how to avoid them.

More information should be available on their website soon about the location and timing.

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