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Data Modeling and Metadata–A Great Match

Jan 11, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling  //  1 Comment

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Craig Mullins ( @craigmullins | blog ) has written a post about how data modeling supports metadata management and therefore better IT systems.  You may know Craig through his evangelism about DB2 and Database Administration.

So how do you ensure that you are exploiting the metadata you are collecting to the fullest, possible extent? How do you make sure that your metadata is easily accessible and effectively used across your organization? Well, this is where modeling comes in to play. Modeling is important to metadata management.

Effective communication is at the heart of the metadata value proposition. Data managers must be able to interpret the data coming into their organization and then provide a roadmap to everyone else so that they too can reach their destination. Modeling adds value to metadata management much the same way it does for data itself — by serving as a  standardized language, easily understood by everyone from business users to application developers to DBAs.

It’s always good to see people on the more technical side of data management (databases and technology) appreciate and support data modeling efforts. You should read his whole post, then leave him a comment.

Join me 29 Nov @ 4PM EST for Big Challenges in Data Modeling Panel

Nov 28, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, Speaking  //  No Comments

I’ve recently taken over director moderator duties for the monthly Big Challenges in Data Modeling webinar hosted by Dataversity.net.  Former moderator, Graeme Simsion, has moved on to exciting things in the writing and film industry, so I’m stepping up to take on the role of agent provocateur in engaging the data community to chat and debate about industry and academic trends in the data world.

Big Challenges in Data Modeling #BCDModeling

In tomorrow’s panel, well be chatting about a soon to be released research paper based on a survey of data professionals.  This paper covers:

  • Role of Agile/SCRUM on data modeling projects
  • Data Modeling tool features
  • Data Architecture staffing
  • Big Data trends
  • ..and more.

Joining me will be a great cast of characters team of experts in data management as we chat about the paper and how these things have changed over the years.

  • Chris Bradley, IPL @inforacer
  • Donna Burbank, CA Technologies, @donnaburbank
  • David Dichmann, SAP (Sybase), @ddichmann
  • Missy Whittmann, American Family Insurance … and real life data architect

We run a fun and engaging webinar where audience members can chat with each other and the panellists, so you get to be part of the insight and fun, too.  So make sure you join a bit early so that we can pre-chat.

You need to register to attend.

DMRadio: Modeling What Matters Recording Available

Sep 21, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, NoSQL, Speaking  //  1 Comment

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You can now download the recording from this past week on Modeling What Matters – Data Modeling Throughout, Beyond the Enterprise.  We had a great time chatting about the state of data modeling in a world of data sharing, standards, business alignment and NoSQL.

A wonderful set of panelists, too.

Registration is required, but you really should be registered on the Information Management website already.  Do it.

Also, at the end of the show I got a shout out for my presentation with Thomas LaRock (@sqlrockstar), Database Design Throwdown: The Blunder Games at ERWorld coming up in October.  You should go register now for that, too. 

Tune to DM Radio Thursday: Modeling What Matters – Data Modeling Throughout, Beyond the Enterprise

Sep 18, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, Speaking  //  No Comments

This Thursday, 20 September 2012, I’ll be joining a great group of data professionals to talk about balancing the need for project speed with data modeling efforts.  This is a topic near an dear to heart — I’m developing courseware right now for advanced data modeling concepts on modern development efforts.  DM Radio, hosted by Eric Kavanagh and Jim Ericson, is always a fun and thoughtful take on modern IT practices.  Plus a few of us are known for our snarkish insights into the data world.

The value of data modeling continues to grow in new directions. This is partly due to the lure of cloud computing, but also because of the increasingly interconnected world of enterprise partnerships. As always, the need for speed and efficiency prevails, as well as the desire to reduce redundancy and thus provide a clean view of an organization’s information architecture. Fine-tuning Master Data Models is another goal of the modern enterprise. What to do? Register for this episode of DM Radio to hear Hosts Eric Kavanagh and Jim Ericson interview data modeling expert Karen Lopez of DAMA, plus Donna Burbank of CA Technologies, David Dichmann of SAP Sybase and Lovan Chetty of Kalido

Registration is required, but it’s free.  Chat with you on Thursday!

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.


Let’s Talk Agile Development and Data Modeling…Friends or Frenemies?

Jul 18, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Database Design, Events, Speaking  //  2 Comments

I’ll be joining host Graeme Simsion (@graemesimsion) and panelists  Terry Buino, John Giles, and Chris Woodruff for a lively and (I’m hoping) contentious discussion about Data Modeling in an Agile Environment.  This free webinar event will be hosted by Dataversity.net as part of their monthly series on data management issues.

We invite you to join us in this monthly DATAVERSITY webinar series, “Big Challenges with Data Modeling” hosted by Graeme Simsion. Join Graeme and two or more expert panelists each month to discuss their experiences in breaking through these specific data modeling challenges. Hear from experts in the field on how and where they came across these challenges and what resolution they found. Join them in the end for the Q&A portion to ask your own questions on the challenge topic of the month.

We four panelists come from a variety of backgrounds.  Two of us are Microsoft MVPs, one just wrote a book on Agile Data Modeling and another calls himself a born-again agilist.  Graeme is always the stimulating and controlling jocular host at these events…he’d have to be to manage the characters he has to herd in just a short period of time.

Many data architects and modelers tell me that they can’t or won’t work on agile projects.  Or that they’ve heard that there are no data models in agile approaches.  Worse, they’ve attended presentations by certain industry pundits who have been so anti-architecture that they don’t understand why anyone would attempt this.  But it’s not that way in practice.  Most of my projects over the last few years have been agile or SCRUM.  So I’m going to bring my experiences and stories to discussion, along with tips that I have for working on a software-focused delivery methodology. 

Find out whether agile is your friend or frenemy.

All you have to do is register to attend.  It’s free, too.

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