Data Modeling Zone - The Program

The 2019 program will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, browse the DMZ US 2018 program below, or download the full program in Adobe PDF:PDFLogo

Monday October 15 Full Day Pre-Conference Tutorials

Data Modeling Fundamentals, Steve Hoberman, Steve Hoberman & Associates, LLC

A Foundation For All Things Process: Modeling, Design and Architecture, Roger Burlton and Sasha Aganova, Process Renewal Group

Drowning in Data, Starving for Wisdom: Tools Addressing the Human Element of Data Modeling, Len Silverston, Universal Data Models

Tuesday October 16

Early Morning Sessions

Data Modeling Is Dead… Long Live Schema Design!, Pascal Desmarets, Hackolade (Innovations)

The Road to an Agile Business, Roger Burlton and Sasha Aganova, Process Renewal Group (Tools)

Understaffed with data modelers? How to train developers as apprentice data model reviewers, Sally Greenwood, TDS Telecom (Case Studies)

Mid Morning Sessions

Mindfulness and Modeling, Len Silverston, Universal Data Models  (Innovations)

Data Architecture – The Foundation for both Enterprise Architecture and Data Governance, Ron Huizenga, IDERA  (Tools)

Hearing the Voice of Your Customer – Modern Corporate Management, Bill Inmon, Forest Rim Technologies (Case Studies)


KEYNOTE: Communicate Like A Champion, Brandon Williams, NFL Player and Entrepreneur

Afternoon Sessions

Become Agile by Connecting Modelers and Business Users through DWH Automation, Petr Beles, Datavault Builder (Innovations)

Principle and Practice: Leveraging the DMBOK to improve modeling outcomes, Laura Sebastian-Coleman, Aetna (Tools)

“What don’t you get? Talk to me!”, Missy Wittmann, American Family (Case Studies)

DMZ’s famous Data Modeling Hackathon facilitated by Gary Rush

Wednesday October 17

Special Interest Groups

Think dimensionally: Turn your business users into dimensional designers, Scott Joelson, Analytics8 (Innovations)

ER/Studio SIG, Ron Huizenga, IDERA (Tools)

Demystifying Data Warehousing as a Service, Kent Graziano, Snowflake Computing (Case Studies)

Early Morning Sessions

Leading your organization out of the Application-Centric Quagmire, Or Data Modelers: If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem, Dave McComb, Semantic Arts (Innovations)

Hybrid Data Vault 2.0 Case Study: Data Warehousing in the Real World, Kent Graziano, Snowflake Computing (Tools)

Digital Transformation: Data Modeling for APIs, Christina Burnett, T-Mobile (Case Studies)

Mid Morning Sessions

Exorcising the Seven Deadly Data Sins, Peter Aiken, Data Blueprint (Innovations)

How to Grade a Data Model, Steve Hoberman, Steve Hoberman & Associates, LLC (Tools)

Data Modeling Case Study: A Public Sector Tale, Brad Steinke, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (Case Studies)


DMZ’s First Annual Achievement Award

Tom Faulkner’s Metadata Update


KEYNOTE: Leadership, Value & Strategy, Peter Aiken, Data Blueprint

Afternoon Sessions

We don’t need no stinking data models! (or how to sell data modeling to the business), Jill Camper, DST Systems, Inc. (Innovations)

About Blockchain, Brennan Fife and Roz Stengle, University of Wisconsin (Tools)

It’s About Time – Temporal Data Considerations, Joe Salvatore, TIAA Bank (Case Studies)

DMZ’s Famous Casino Night!

Thursday October 18

Morning Chi Gung with Kent Graziano

Early Morning Sessions

Decision Modeling: how to place data at the center of your organization’s decisions, Norman Daoust, Daoust Associates (Innovations)

Introduction to Graph Databases and Graph Data Modeling with Neo4j, Dave Fauth, Neo Technology (Tools)

Hybrid Data Vault 2.0 Case Study: Data Warehousing in the Real World, Kent Graziano, Snowflake Computing (Case Studies)

Mid Morning Sessions

Human-Centered Design: What Is It, and Why Should You Care?, Larry Burns, PACCAR  (Innovations)

CaseTalk – Data Modeling by Example, Marco Wobben, BCP Software (Tools)

GDPR and Data Modeling: Our Journey, Ivan Schotsmans, BI-Community (Case Studies)


Norman Daoust’s Data Modeling Industry Update


KEYNOTE: Practitioner’s Perspective on the Enterprise Data Model, William Donlin (Progressive Insurance), Sally Greenwood (TDS Telecom), Ivan Schotsmans (BI-Community), Brad Steinke (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension), and Missy Wittmann (American Family)

Afternoon Sessions

Ontology and Graph DB for the Reluctant ER Modeler, Mark Ouska, Semantic Arts (Innovations)

Agile Query-Driven Data Modeling for NoSQL, Pascal Desmarets, Hackolade (Tools)

Making Sense of Your People Puzzle, Heather Marquez, ActionCOACH (Case Studies)

Friday October 19 Post-Conference Tutorials

Morning Half Day Sessions

Facilitating Business Data Modeling, Gary Rush, MGR Consulting, Inc.

Data Structure Graph Hands-On Workshop, Doug Needham, Kore Wireless

Tapping Into Your Brilliance with Mind Mapping, Heather Marquez, ActionCOACH

Afternoon Half Day Sessions

MongoDB for Data Modelers (or, “Get these kids off my lawn!”), Austin Zellner, MongoDB

Fact-Oriented Modeling Workshop, Marco Wobben, BCP Software

Agile for Data Professionals, Larry Burns, PACCAR