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What’s in a name?

At Data Modeling Zone Asia Pacific 2o19, we had a roundtable discussion on rebranding the “data modeler” role. We’ve had discussions on this topic over this past year, and some have made it into blog posts on stevehoberman.com. I feel that the term “data modeler” minimizes what we do. We do so much more than just data modeling, such as enabling the business to understand themselves in a very precise way, creating a great communication tool, facilitating the transition from requirements to application, etc.

Someone during this roundtable discussion came out with a very interesting question: Why is our role tied to a “means” and not an “end”? That is, a data model is a means to an end, where that end might be better communication or a more robust application. He brought up an analogy that we don’t call carpenters “nail bangers”. Banging in nails is a means to an end of the carpenter building or repairing a wooden structure.

A good IT name, for example, is a Security Specialist, why helps keep an organization secure from outside digital attacks. (The end and not the means.) What is a similarly good name for us that reflects the ends and not the means?

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DMZ Europe 2019 travels to Stuttgardt

Really excited about the location for the DMZ Europe 2019 event! It will be November 7-8 in Stuttgart, the week before DMZ US (it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks!), and will be held in one of my favorite museums. The picture for this post should give the location away.

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Asia Pacific News

DMZ Asia Pacific 2018 a Success!

DMZ Asia Pacific, March 5-6 in Canberra, was an overwhelming success. Feedback on the speakers, venue, and networking opportunities were excellent, and plans are already underway for DMZ Asia Pacific 2019 – stay tuned!

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Graeme Simison is presenting at DMZ Europe 2018

Graeme Simsion is not only a legendary data modeler, he is also author of four bestselling novels, beginning with The Rosie Project which has been translated into 40 languages and sold over 3.5 million copies. He is an awesome speaker too! 

 

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Pittsburg Keynote Speaker announced.

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Asia Pacific Fun

How many data modelers does it take to find a platypus?

We did notice something splashing in the lake which we believed to be a platypus (in the distance on the right, you might be able to see it too):

Three happy men

We did notice something splashing in the lake which we believed to be a platypus (in the distance on the right, you might be able to see it too):

River and trees

We gave up after some time though and went searching for koalas instead. Koalas are also hard to spot, but these two were posing for us:

Koalas in a branch