Webinar: Big Challenges in Data Modeling – Data Modeling at High Speed

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Modeling with Graeme

This Month’s Topic Focus:

Data Modeling at High Speed

About this Webinar

Racing ImageIt’s May, which brings this former Hoosier thinking of racetracks and Indy cars. I’m also a runner and that means I’m always thinking about pace and timings…and feeling guilty about not training hard enough.

This got me musing about how data modelers can speed up the data modeling process — not just during a development projects, but at all points in our work day.  So let’s have a discussion about.

In this month’s webinar, we’ll talk about:

  • The Need for Speed
  • Sprints, marathons and training
  • Race cars, horses, carts, and feet
  • Qualifiers and Races
  • Pace cars
  • Backseat drivers
  • Rules, tickets and enforcement
  • Fads, gadgets and automation
  • Red, yellow, green and checkered flags
  • How do you know when to stop racing?

And as usual, our attendees will have the opportunity to participate via chat and Q&A.

About the Panel

Carol Lehn

Carol is an IT professional with over 40 years of experience, more than 25 of them in data modeling/database design/data architecture. She is currently a database designer on PepsiCo’s multi-year global Master Data Management project and have been with Pepsi for almost 13 years. In addition, she is an Editor for Technics Publishing, the premier publisher of data management, business process, and analytics texts. She has edited books by Steve Hoberman, Michael Brackett, David Hay, Chris Potts, Peter Aiken, Bill Inmon, and more than 20 other authors on topics ranging from traditional and UML data modeling to building Agile databases and distributed Agile development to data warehousing and a whole host of other topics. She is Vice President of NYEMUG, the NY ERwin user group, and the Chair of Embarcadero’s ER/Studio Product Advisory Council (I was railroaded!)

Donna Burbank

Donna Burbank is a recognized industry expert and author, with more than 20 years of experience in data management, metadata management, and enterprise architecture. Donna currently is VP of Information Management Services at Enterprise Architects.  Previous to this role, she has served in key brand strategy and product management roles at CA Technologies and Embarcadero Technologies and as a senior consultant for PLATINUM technology’s information management consulting division in both the U.S. and EMEA.  She has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks regularly at industry conferences.  She has recently co-authored two books:  Data Modeling for the Business and Data Modeling Made Simple with CA ERwin Data Modeler r8.

About the Moderator

Karen Lopez is 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 frequent speaker, blogger and panelist on data quality, data governance, logical and physical modeling, data compliance, development methodologies and social issues in computing.  Karen is an active user on social media and has been named one of the top 3 technology influencers by IBM Canada and one of the top 17 women in information management by Information Management Magazine.  She is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, specializing in data modeling and database design.  She’s an advisor to the DAMA, International Board and a member of the Advisory Board of Zachman, International.

She’s known for her slightly irreverent yet constructive opinions and rants on information technology topics.  She wants you to love your data. Karen is also moderator of the InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups at and dm-discuss.

Karen also blogs for DATAVERSITY. Check out her blogs here:


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