Karen Lopez

Characteristics of a Great Enterprise Data Modeler – Part II

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by Karen Lopez In a previous post, I wrote about five characteristics of a great data modeler and why it’s important to assess these traits during the interview process.  I continue here with five more characteristics. That brings us to a total of ten. In the comments below, I’d love to hear about other characteristics you’d want…

Characteristics of a Great Enterprise Data Modeler, Part I

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by Karen Lopez Have you been searching for an enterprise data modeler for your team? How’s that going? About as well as the Canadian Men’s Soccer Team’s chances in the World Cup? I thought so. I’m hearing from many organizations that they are having a tough time finding experienced, enterprise class data modelers. I have some…

NoSQL != NoDataModeling, But it is Different

Modern Data Modeler Involvement: Architecture, Planning, SW and Dev

by Karen Lopez I had a fabulous time last month chatting with Dan McCreary ( blog | twitter ) about NoSQL projects and data modeling. It was a follow up to my post NoSQL != NoDataModeling, where I wrote about telling the NoSQL data story.  If you missed the show, you can listen now to the…

NoSQL != NoDataModeling

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by Karen Lopez This week I again came across a few articles on the Internet (they must be true!) that insist NoSQL means people get data faster, with none of that nasty business of data modeling or analysis. While it’s wonderful to hear about advances in data science, I’m still not convinced that these sentiments…

Why Women Won’t Submit… to Speak at Your Event

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by Karen Lopez We in the data world are fortunate that we have a higher percentage of female professionals than other IT specializations. We also tend to have more female attendees and speakers at Enterprise Data World than other conferences I attend. However that doesn’t mean that we are doing well in ensuring female speakers…

Where Does the Line Between Data Modeler and DBA Fall?

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by Karen Lopez Where Should the Division of Responsibilities Lie Between Data Modeler and DBA? In the past, data architects/modelers have been primarily responsible for preparing logical data models, then they threw models over the wall to the DBAs who said “what the heck is this?” and then did their own physical models (or reasonable facsimile…

Data Model Bloggers: NULL

Get Blogging!

by Karen Lopez Last year I hosted a session on Getting Started in Blogging for Data Professionals at Enterprise Data World. I had a great turnout considering the topic and time (I think 50+ people). We had a good discussion about blogging, social media and how most of the discussions on the Internet had moved from…

7 Tips for Staying Relevant and Valued as a Data Modeler

Modeling with Graeme

by Karen Lopez 1. Learn about NoSQL database technologies You aren’t going to get any warning when your company’s first NoSQL project shows up.  It might be the result of a 19th-hole acquisition project (when C-level executives are wined and dined by a software vendor) or it might be part of a package solution that…

Frequently Asked Questions about Data Modeling, Part One

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by Karen Lopez @datachick I deemed last year The Year of Data.  Big Data, Data Analytics, Open Data, Data Breaches, etc. were topics of discussion everywhere, even outside the IT world.  Heck, data management even made it into the US State of the Union Address. I think all this added focus on data has given us a…