Data Modeling Power Panel - Contemporary Issues in Modeling
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  Alec Sharp   Alec Sharp
Senior Consultant
Clariteq Systems Consulting
  Michael Blaha   Michael Blaha
Modelsoft Consulting Corp.
  David Hay   David Hay
Essential Strategies, Inc.
  Karen Lopez   Karen Lopez
Sr. Project Manager & Architect


Thursday, May 3, 2012
08:30 AM - 09:20 AM

Level:  Intermediate

This discussion examines contemporary issues and priorities in data modeling. Do arguments arise in your shop as to whether data modeling is still worth doing? Have agile techniques usurped all other methods? And what about cloud-based platforms and NOSQL databases - are new data modeling techniques required for these new environments? Our "power" panel answers these and similar questions in the face of current business urgency and new technologies.
  • Is Agile modeling the new defacto standard? Should you be modeling all-agile, all-the-time? If not, why not?
  • How does modeling change in the cloud?
  • Modeling for non-relational databases
  • Are the tools keeping up with current technologies and business requirements?
  • What's next?

Alec Sharp has managed his consulting and education business, Clariteq Systems Consulting Ltd., for close to 30 years. Serving clients from Ireland to India, and Washington to Wellington, Alec’s expertise includes facilitation, business analysis, business process improvement, and, of course, data management. In addition to his consulting practice, he conducts top-rated workshops and conference presentations on these topics globally. Alec is the author of “Workflow Modeling, second edition” (Artech House, 2008) which is widely used as a consulting guide and university text, and is a best-seller in the field.

Michael Blaha is a consultant and trainer who specializes in conceiving, architecting, modeling, designing and tuning databases. He has worked with dozens of organizations around the world. Blaha has authored seven U.S. patents, seven books, many articles and two video courses. His most recent publication is the Agile Data Warehouse Design video course from O'Reilly. He received his Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, and is an alumnus of GE Global Research in Schenectady, New York. He is a member of Chicago DAMA and has been blogging for Dataversity since 2014.

In the Information Industry since it was called “data processing”, Dave Hay has been producing data models to support strategic and requirements planning for more than twenty-five years. As President of Essential Strategies, Inc. for 20 years, Dave has worked in a variety of industries, including, among others, banking, clinical pharmaceutical research, and all aspects of oil production and processing. Projects entailed various aspects of defining corporate information architecture, identifying requirements, and planning strategies for the implementation of new systems.

Karen Lopez is a Senior Project Manager and Architect at InfoAdvisors. She has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen is a popular speaker known for her highly interactive, practical and sometimes irreverent presentation style. She is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, She wants you to love your data.

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