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Are you a Data Architect or Data Doodler? Take the Challenge

A talk by Karen Lopez

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December 9, 2009 9:00 AM



Do your data modeling methods and processes go beyond those of a data doodler? Do your models pass that test? When are doodles just fine and when are data models required?

Karen Lopez discusses the differences between the process of drawing data model diagrams and creating, managing, and evolving data architectures for enterprise use.

Topics to be included:

* What are the warning signs that you might be a doodler?
* Where does drawing end and the architecting begin?
* What is the end goal of data architecture?
* What processes are important to a healthy, usable data architecture?
* What if you don’t have time to do all that fancy stuff?

Join us for a fun and informative discussion what passes the challenge of a real data architecture. You’ll even have a chance to contribute your own examples of doodler vs. architect for consideration.

Karen López is a Senior Project Manager at InfoAdvisors, a Toronto-based consulting firm. Karen is a frequent speaker and writer on data and process management topics. 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.

Karen is also the ListMistress and moderator of the InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups at

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