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27 June Big Challenges with Data Modeling: Data Modelers and DBAs

This month’s webinar (2PM EDT/11AM PDT) focuses on how DBAs and Data Modelers can collaborate better.  You know what it’s like: we both love our data and what databases to purr.  But what happens when our points of views differ?  Is performance more important that some data quality?  Should we all be using the same tools?  Who should be calling the shots?  Who should be “in charge”?  What deliverable should we be preparing?

Our webinars are very interactive.  We open the chat to everyone and offer a formal Q&A for asking questions and giving feedback to the panelists.  You can even join early to chat with us and we tend to stay about after to have “off the record” follow up conversations.  So this isn’t a lecture, but an online community event to chat about what we can do as a team to provide data and database solutions to our organizations.

We are sponsored this month by CA Technologies, the makers of CA ERwin®.  Thanks, ERwin team!

You’ll need to pre-register, but it’s free.  Do it now.  It will be fun.

 

About the Presentation

We invite you to join us in this monthly DATAVERSITY webinar series, “Big Challenges with Data Modeling” hosted by Karen Lopez. Join Karen 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.

This Month’s Panelists

  • Yanni Robel, Lead DBA, Database Operations Team at Amazon.com
    • Yanni (@yannirobel)  manages the Database Operations team at Amazon.com in Seattle, WA. She is a very active Senior Database Administrator as well, leveraging more than a dozen years of experience working with Microsoft SQL Server products and technologies.Yanni specializes in bridging communications between the business, the developers, the sysadmins, and the DBAs to help everyone understand what it is that they depend on. As an active member in the SQL community, previous developer, and parent, Yanni knows the importance of knowing what you don’t know and leveraging the collective knowledge of others and the community to learn and grow. Yanni is pleased to give back to peers, coworkers (past & present), and recruiters by sharing knowledge.
  • Javed Mati, Sales Director, Myriad Solutions UK Ltd
    • [Bio Pending]
  • Paul Agnew
    • Paul Agnew is an author, consultant and speaker with more than 20 years experience in the data modeling and data integration fields in many different industries. He is the co-author (With Len Silverston) of The Data Model Resource Book Volume 3: Universal Patterns in Data Modeling, which describes universal data modeling patterns. Mr. Agnew, has been a featured speaker at the prestigious DAMA International conference, and has presented papers on many different aspects of data management field.Paul has extensive, hands-on experience working in many different industries, including financial services, insurance and re-insurance, health care, healthcare informatics, sales and marketing and manufacturing. Paul is an expert in solution architecture, data architecture, data quality, master data management, data warehousing, big data and data governance.

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Big Challenges in Data Modeling–Data Model Governance

May 21, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Governance, Data Modeling, Data Stewardship, Events, Speaking  //  2 Comments

Join me and an excellent panel of industry experts in discussing the state of Data Modeling Governance.  No, not Data Governance, but Data Modeling Governance.  This free webinar is Thursday,  23 May at 2 PM EDT.  While the formal part starts at 2 PM, you are free to join us 15 minutes before as we prepare for the event.  You can even post your Data Modeling Governance questions then so that we can answer them

We data architects spend a great deal of time advocating for organizations to treat their data as an asset.  We champion the efforts to set up stewardship programs and data governance councils.  We insist that data conform to enterprise naming and modeling standards.  We enforce data policies, measure data quality, report deficiencies and track anomalies.  But do we follow our own advice when it comes to managing “our” data – metadata and data models?

In this webinar, we’ll be tackling the questions of:

  • Do you have budget (money and time) to govern the data modeling environment?
  • How can we get the resources we need to properly govern our data models?
  • Who sets permissions and manages them?
  • When does data modeling by email work?
  • Are data modeling artefacts part of the production systems operations?
  • Are there multiple data modeling tools in your environment? For the right reasons?
  • Are we loving our data models as much as our data?
  • …plus more.

My panellists this week have a great deal of experience in working on a variety of enterprise environments:

  • Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D. is an Information Management professional and consultant with broad experience across industries. She has exceptional, demonstrated skills in business requirements gathering and analysis, data governance and stewardship, data architecture, data and process modeling, strategic data management, meta data management, data quality management, master data management, data warehouse planning and design, project management, and information systems methodology development.
  • David Loshin is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc, (www.knowledge-integrity.com), a consulting company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality consulting and training, business intelligence, metadata, and data standards management. David is among Knowledge Integrity’s recognized experts in information management.
  • Pete Stiglich is a Senior Healthcare Data Architect at Perficient. He has over 25 years IT experience having worked in Enterprise Data Architecture, Data Management, Data Modeling (Conceptual, Logical, Physical, Dimensional, Data Vault, EDW), Data Quality, DW/BI, MDM, Metadata Management, Data Quality, and Database Administration (DBA)
  • You! I always consider the audience as the first panellist in a webinar.   We have a open, engaging webinar configuration where attendees can chat with each other and ask questions to the panel.

You’ll need to pre-register, but it’s fast and free.  Bring your questions, comments, snark and observations.  See you Thursday.

Oh, and if you are late reading this and the webinar has already happened: no worries. We record every event and post it to the Dataversity website. You’ll miss all the great chatter in the chat room, though.

Slides from Karen’s #EDW13 Get Started Blogging Session

May 1, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Events, Fun, Social Networking, Speaking  //  No Comments

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I was really happy to see such a great turnout for today’s session on how to get started blogging at Enterprise Data World (#EDW13).  I wasn’t just happy to have a full room, but that I got so many great, insightful questions and comments.

My Get Blogging slides are available for download now.

Some of the resources I mentioned during the talk:

  • WordPress.com This is my blogging platform of choice.  You can set up a blog in 10 seconds, for free. 
  • WordPress.org Same platform, but if you want to host it someplace yourself.  You can also find a third party host and they typically will have this ready to install from their catalog of approved applications.  It’s free.
  • Windows Live Writer http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials-other-programs  This is what I use to compose most of my blog posts
  • TechSmith.com Home of Camtasia (video editor of my choice) and SnagIt (my screen capture tool).  You want these.
  • ERwin.com Go To page for all things ERwin, including their blogs (under the community page)
  • Embarcadero.com Where to find ER/Studio blogs
  • Dataversity.net Home of numerous blogs and articles

Remember, if you start blogging, I want to hear about it so that I can share, comment, and help you promote your writing.

Get Blogging!

Strutting: We all Know When You are Doing It. So Stop.

Apr 26, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Snark, Speaking  //  12 Comments

Rant Level: High. It’s Friday. 

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I was reading an ACM blog post by Judy Robertson about strutting, a tactic used by audience members at event.  Robertson discusses a specific type of this behaviour, done by IT people: nerd strutting

Garvin-Doxas and Barker (2004) refer to "strutting" as a style of interaction where people show off their knowledge by asking questions carefully designed to demonstrate that they know a lot about the topic, and quite possibly that they know more than everyone else around them. The problem with this in a learning situation is that students who lack confidence assume that they are the only person who doesn’t understand, and quickly feel even more demoralised.

The full paper is available if you’d like to read about the study these researchers did on Defensive Climate in the Computer Science Classroom.

I’m betting you’ve seen this behaviour before.  In fact, I’d bet that if you attend enough events, you could name the people most likely to nerd strut before the speaker has even gotten 15 minutes into her presentation.  They ask questions, often sprinkled with references to product codenames, Greek philosophers, small startups and archaic error numbers.   They use highly jargonized terms.  They use insider terms. They want you to feel outside the inner circle.  They want you to know just how freaking smart they are.  But you know what’s funny?  The vast majority of the people in the room can see what they are doing and silently smirk.   

I’m interested in hearing just what sorts of people fall for this bravado.  Everyone else in the room talks about how insanely annoying the behaviour is, but no one wants to do anything about it.  I’m not even sure what we can do about it, other than to ask audience members to stop.  

Insults R Us

Another tactic that nerd strutters do is sit in the audience and stage whisper criticisms of the speaker and the topics.  I find this incredibly annoying as an audience member.  It doesn’t impress me, nor does it make me feel as if the strutmaster is actually convincing anyone he is superior. A variation of this is a group of people, chatting with each other and loudly snickering about the speaker or the topic.   

If you are sitting in a presentation and you find it too "level 100” for your tastes, you should just get up and find a presentation more fitting for your enormous brain…or whatever body part is keeping you from learning anything.

Why it Matters

I know, some of you are saying “But Karen, just ignore the @$$#@+s that do this stuff”.  I do, mostly.  However, Garvin-Doxas and Barker found that the effect of many types of negative communication, even when it was not intended, has a negative impact on many students, especially women.  Yes, women should suck it up and learn to play the game of competition.  But we don’t do it that well.  In general, women prefer a collaborative environment.   We love a bit of friendly competition. But one where team members insult others in public? Not so much.

The authors point to the fact that IT work is highly collaborative.  Supporting and enabling a culture of jabs, insults, mockery and distain works against that goal.  I hear people constantly ranting that topic X should not be on a conference agenda because it is isn’t what *they* want  learn.  I say “choose another session – there are several other tracks”.  When I see someone nerd strut in front of an entire audience, I want to call them out – tell them they are showing off.  We can all tell when a question isn’t really a question. I don’t do call people out on this, though, because no one else does.

What to Do

Robertson gives 3 tips in her blog post on dealing with nerd strutting.  Go read them.  I’d love to see the community deal with this in a consistent, collaborative way.

I’d like to add to them:

1. Encourage others to ask questions during presentations.  One of the reasons why many nerd strutters can do what they do, often several times in the same session, is that very few people ask questions or give commentary.  If enough people are asking legitimate questions, then the strutters get less show time.

2. Ask the Insult R Us people to take their conversation elsewhere. It’s annoying enough to hear anyone ramble on while you are trying to listen to the speaker.  It’s not rude or unfair to ask people, no matter what they are talking about, to either be quiet or to wander somewhere else.

3. Stand up to people who insult the work of others.  This one is the biggest pet peeve of mine.  It’s fine for people to be proud of their own work.  It’s not cool for them to insult the work of others just because they think it’s easy or low-level stuff. I don’t just draw boxes and lines all day.  BI professionals don’t just draw bar charts all day.  Developers don’t just type all day.  We all have difficult jobs.  I don’t need to step on someone else to raise myself up.  I will continue to speak out to the people who need to insult others.  I’m hoping you can, too.

Community Impact

From the paper:

Finally, when people communicate certainty in a dogmatic fashion, they also tend to communicate a low tolerance for disagreement. When defensive communication becomes habitual in a social context, it engenders a "defensive climate." Distrust of others becomes the norm, resulting in a social environment privileging competition over cooperation.

We all need to recognize that this negative behaviour hurts everyone.  It poisons the community.  It drives people away, especially new community members and those who want to work together to solve problems and build the community.   And we all need to work together to keep people focused on making the community an inclusive, inviting environment.

Garvin-Doxas, K. and Barker, L. J. 2004. Communication in computer science classrooms: understanding defensive climates as a means of creating supportive behaviors. J. Educ. Resour. Comput. 4, 1 (Mar. 2004), 2. DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1060071.1060073

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Save up to $200 with DATACHICK – #EDW13

Apr 3, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Governance, Data Modeling, Database Design, Events, Speaking  //  No Comments

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I’ll be participating in this year’s Enterprise Data World 28 April to 2 May in San Diego, CA.  If you register using the coupon code DATACHICK you can get $200 off a multi-day registration.  That code saves you $50 on a one-day registration.

On Thursday, 2 May I’m giving a half day workshop on the data modeling process:

S5: Advanced Data Modeling: Be Happier, Add More Value and Be More Valued

Karen Lopez
Karen Lopez
Sr. Project Manager & Architect
InfoAdvisors

Thursday, May 2, 2013
01:15 PM – 04:30 PM

Level: 
Advanced

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.

This follows a workshop format, with both individual and team exercises. It is expected that attendees will have more than two years of hands-on data modeling and database design skills at the enterprise level.

Starting a Blog for Data Professionals

On Wednesday I’m doing a professional development session on getting started with blogging:  Starting a Blog: Easy Step Show and Tell for Data Professionals.  This session is nicely placed between the coffee and desserts segment on the exhibit floor and the ice cream social that happens right after.  I’m expecting a lot of sugar-motivated potential bloggers.

I’ll also be doing some special activities with vendors and sponsors: watch your inbox for information from them about their events.

EDW is one of my favourite conferences of the year – part technical education, part data professional reunion, part data community revival.  You don’t want to miss it. 

Let’s Talk Data Modeling, Privacy, Data Breaches and the Role of Data Architects 28 Feb

Tomorrow, Thursday 28 February at 2;00PM EST, I’ll be moderating a panel of expert data modelers as part of my Big Challenges in Data Modeling Series at Dataversity.net .  In this month’s webinar, we’ll be debating the role of data architects in how we can best support business processes related to data privacy, data security and compliance.  We’ll start by talking about recent data breaches and privacy issues.

One of the more contentious debates I have on projects is whether or not data modelers and architects should even have a role in these processes.

Joining me for this month’s panel are:

  • Eva Smith ( @datadeva | blog ) Director of Information Technology at Edmonds Community College (EdCC) where she oversees college IT functions and serves on the IT Commission for the Washington State Community and Technical College system.  Eva also volunteers for DAMA, International on the Editorial Board for the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) Version 1, and as DAMA-I liaison to the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP).
  • Loretta Mahon Smith( @silverdata ) is currently the IBM Global Business Services, Business Analytics & Optimization Lead for the Data Modeling Center of Excellence. She has an extensive background in the financial services industry and is also a long time DAMA volunteer.
  • Peggy Schlesinger is a well-respected Master Enterprise Architect with Intel Corporation with a long history in Master Data Management.  She is currently working on the Semantic Definition for the enterprise to improve and accelerate Business Intelligence, and is moving the environment toward Self-Service Business Intelligence.
  • YOU

As always, our last panelist is YOU! Unlike many webinars, we run these as highly-interactive events.  We have a formal Q&A for when you want to ask a question of the panel, but we also have a peer-to-peer chat open so that you can discuss what you hearing in real time.  We try to keep track of what’s going on in the chat so that we can comment and address the points being raised there.  I love this feature and hope you will join us to be part of this event.

If you have a topic or question you’d like us to address, leave a comment below and we’ll try to work it in.

Also, if you are unable to make the webinar, you can register now anyway and listen to the recording later.  So get registered now.

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.

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