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Join the #SQLPASS Global Growth Tweet Chat 20-21 June #SQLPASSGG

Jun 19, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Events, Professional Development, Social Networking, SQL Server  //  No Comments

I recently joined the SQLPASS Global Growth committee to help PASS look at changes to governance and organizational structures in order to better meet the needs of non-North American* members.

PASS has been highly successful in locations outside the US, but they want to take more steps to ensure that they aren’t just a US-based organization that allows non-US members to join. I belong to many such IT associations and as a Canadian-based member, my needs are often not met or even valued.  Except for member membership dues.  That’s why I wanted to help out.

I’ve been involved in a few similar societal transitions over the years and I hope to bring that experience to the team.  Some of those organizations have been working for more than a decade to make such a transition. Others managed the transition well and are growing internationally.  That’s what I want for PASS.

Even though I have close ties to the US, I hope that I can bring a more global point of view to all the discussions.  In fact, we all can do that via the feedback mechanisms offered.




PASS has set up a site with background materials and a preliminary plan for moving forward:

You will find background documents, a discussion forum, and an email address for sending your comments.  Check it out and then join us on Thursday and Friday to chat about it on Twitter.

Tweet Chats

A Tweet Chat is a focused set of discussions on Twitter that allow Twitter users to ask questions or provide comments and feedback on the Global Growth Initiative.  There are currently six sessions scheduled:


June 20: 13:00 GMT       Convert time

June 20: 17:00 GMT

June 20: 23:00 GMT

June 21: 13:00 GMT

June 21: 17:00 GMT

June 21: 23:00 GMT

You don’t have to be on Twitter to watch the Tweet Chat, but you do if you’d like to post questions or give comments during the chat.  The hashtag we’ll be using is #SQLPASSGG .  You can use the Twitter search function by following that hashtag link to follow along. 

I’ll be staffing the 20 June 1700 GMT (1 PM ET) Tweet Chat and I hope to attend most of them as my schedule allows.

I’m excited about the path that PASS is taking and I hope you are, too. In my opinion, it’s important that SQL Server professionals have a common foundation for discussing SQL Server, methods, membership perks, and the direction of the association.  In order to this, we need a common umbrella organization (that’s even free to join!) to pull us together.

So stop by Twitter during one of the times (or even later) to give us your feedback.  I may even retweet you.


* North American here really means US and Canada in this context.  But as I always say: "one should not get their geography lessons from mobile phone companies".

Workshop 26 June: Data Governance & Stewardship, St. Paul MN

Jun 14, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Events, Space, Speaking  //  No Comments

On behalf of Embarcadero Technologies, I’m leading a workshop on Data Governance and Stewardship in Minneapolis St. Paul on 26 June.   This event is free to attend; all you have to do is register.

We’ll be talking about:

Data Governance and Stewardship: Expert Guidance from Karen Lopez

Effective data governance and stewardship is a crucial component of every business. InfoAdvisors’ Principal Consultant, Karen Lopez, will share essential guidance on:

  • Leveraging enterprise data as a corporate asset
  • Tips, tricks, and traps to avoid when developing a data governance program
  • Managing business expectations cost-effectively and time-efficiently

Karen will also reveal highlights on compliance and policy programs from recent discussions with data professionals in the US Federal Government and Industry organizations.

Karen Lopez, Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc.

Karen is a Principal Consultant at InfoAdvisors Inc. with more than twenty years of experience helping organizations implement large, multi-project programs. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development and has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards, based on the department’s culture, experience, and focus. Karen is the Moderator of InfoAdvisors/ IRM discussion groups, an online community of several thousand data management professionals and is also on the Board of Advisors for DAMA International. For more information, visit

Event Details

Date:        June 26, 2012
Time:        2-4pm
Location:  University of Minnesota Conference Center
                 1890 Buford Avenue. St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone:      612-624-3275
Register Now:

I hope to make this interactive and fun.  There may also be space photos….

Join Us: Webinar Panel on Big Challenges on Data Modeling 24 May 4PM EDT

May 23, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, Speaking  //  1 Comment

I’ll be part of a rockstar panel of data modeling experts this Thursday, 24 May for  Graeme Simsion will be moderating us (it’s worse that herding cats stoned on catnip) as we talk about our biggest challenges in the data modeling world.

You need to register before joining, but it’s free.


  • David Hay: President of Essential Strategies (Resident curmudgeon)
  • Alec Sharp: Sr. Consultant, Clariteq Systems Consulting (Process guy who still loves data)
  • Karen Lopez: Sr. Project Manager, InfoAdvisors (Well, that’s me)


You can join the pre-show chat about 15 minutes before show time; I encourage all of you to join early and get your heckling and questions warmed up for the recording.

Hope to see you there.

I’m Speaking at Enterprise Data World – Atlanta

Apr 23, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Snark, Speaking  //  2 Comments

imageI’m not sure, but I think I’ve been attending the Enterprise Data World event (formerly the Wilshire Meta-Data/DAMA Symposium) since 1998 and speaking at most of them.  There’s a reason I keep going back: this is my annual "revival" for networking and collaborating with other data professionals.  I need that fix, every 12 months or so, to focus on sharing and caring about data modeling, database design and tools.

This year the event will be held in Atlanta, so at least we’ll be warmer than some years, right?  I remember a particularly freezing March in Boston.  I don’t want to repeat that, ever.

By the way, there is still time to register and I believe there is still a $100 discount available.  If you can’t find that, contact me and I’ll see what I can do for you <grin>.

My Events

This is a busy year for me at EDW.

Kick-off Panel: I’ll be part of the "Welcome Panel" moderated by Tony Shaw of Dataversity.  Jaime Fitzgerald, Peter Aiken, Sue Gueuns and I will be talking about our tips for getting the most out of the event, including our recommendations for the sessions we most want to attend.

Size Doesn’t Matter: I’ll be defending my Talk Champion crown sweatshirt at this year’s Lightning Talks.  All other speakers, be warned.  I talk FAST.  I’m also known for going for the cheap jokes that get votes.

ER/Studio Special Interest Group: I’ll be leading a user-to-user discussion of Embarcadero and their database and data modeling tools. We will have Embarcadero reps there to contribute, but this is still a user group meeting.  You don’t have to be a current customer to attend.

By the way, there are also SIGs for CA ERwin Data Modeler and Sybase PowerDesigner going on at other times.

Finding Myself: A Case Study on Your Data Model, My Data and Me:  This is my regular session at the event, where I take a snarky look at how your systems mess with my data…and how I pay the price for that messiness.  I hope you’ll join me for this irreverent look at cost, benefit and risk choices that "they" make when "they" manage our data.

Data Modeling Power Panel – Contemporary Issues in Modeling:  I’ll be participating in Alec Sharp‘s panel along with Michael Blaha and David Hay on forward-looking topics in data modeling and management.  My topic will focus on NoSQL, especially extensions to relational DBMSs.

John Zachman

This year marks the 30th year since John Zachman shared his Zachman Framework with the world. There will be a special event on Wednesday evening to recognize his contributions to enterprise architecture over the last three decades. 


Of course in addition to all the great sessions, there will be social events and time for catching up on what other data professionals have been up to since I saw them last year in Chicago.

For those of you who can’t make it, a bunch of us will be tweeting using the hashtag #EDW12.  You can follow along on Twitter, even if you aren’t signed up for it, by going to and searching for "EDW12"

I hope to see you and get a chance to chat with you at this year’s EDW.  That’s why I go…the sessions are great, but the chance to share ideas, tips, tricks and data stories is what keeps me coming back.

I Was Young and Didn’t Know Any Better #24HOP Panel

Mar 20, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Professional Development, Speaking  //  1 Comment


I’m moderating a panel for 24 Hours of PASS on the topic of making mistakes…and how to recover from them.  

Our session is at 2 PM EDT, 21 March.

I Was Young and Didn’t Know Any Better

I have an all-star panel:

Grant Fritchey ( blog | @gfritchey )

Tim Ford ( blog | @sqlagentman )

Stacia Misner ( blog | @staciamisner )

Tracy McKibben ( blog | @realsqlguy )

Mike Walsh ( blog | @mike_walsh )

Each of us will be telling about times we messed things up, then how we recovered from those mistakes.  We’ll also be taking questions

It’s free to register for the panel and all the other 24HOP events.  

We’ve all been there: Something went wrong and mistakes were made. We identified the problem, corrected it, and took steps to ensure that the same type of mistake wouldn’t happen again. But what about the times when we took actions that we knew at the time we were going to regret? Did we really make failure a greater option on our project?

This group of SQL Server professionals will talk about times they messed up—even when they should have known better—and how they have changed their approaches to getting stuff done with fewer mistakes. We will also cover 5 tips on dealing with the organizational politics of making mistakes.

Session takeaways:

• Get lessons learned about how to respond to mistakes and errors made while working with databases and data
• Learn tips and techniques for ensuring fewer mistakes
• Identify 5 [too many to count] tips for dealing with the politics of mistakes

Handouts From My DAMA Speaking Tour

Nov 10, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Database, Speaking  //  No Comments

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I had a fabulous time meeting DAMA Members in the US Midwest over the last couple of weeks.  I was worried most about making all these flights, but they all worked out well.  These DAMA Speaking Tours are something I look forward to every year.  If you are interested in booking one, contact chapters in your general area and propose some dates.

DAMA Minneapolis 

Career Success in the Data Profession

You’ve Just Inherited a Data Model, Now What? (Video)


10 Physical Database Design Blunders

DAMA Chicago 

The Straw Poll Handouts

Career Success in the Data Profession

DAMA Day Nebraska

Data Modeling Contentious Issues

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).

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