MARCH 2007 NEWSLETTER


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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Members,

On February 7th, we had Jeff Pekrul gave us “Designing Canonicals for SOA: Bridging ER and XML Worlds”, a very interesting presentation, according to all those I talked to afterwards, which was well attended..

 I will attend the DAMA presidents’ conference on the eve of the DAMA International Symposium (Sunday the 4th) in Boston, to represent our chapter. If you can attend the Symposium, I encourage you to do so. Four members of our local chapter: Danette McGilvray, Jeff Pekrul, David Plotkin, and Mehmet Orun, will be there as presenters, joining renown speakers as Peter Aiken, Graeme Simsion and John Zachmann.

 Our meeting in March is on TUESDAY March 13. Please note the change to the usual week of the day. We will be meeting at the same place as we did last month. We will have elections to the board of directors: any individual member or person representing a corporate member can be elected; the position is for one year. Please look at our web site at http://www.sfdama.org/sfdama_board_responsibilities.htm for the description of responsibilities for these positions. The new board will take office 1st of April. It is important to fill all of the positions so none of the officers have to have additional duties to cover for a vacancy.

 Following the elections, we will have our featured presentation: John O’Brien will talk about “Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence” covering four emerging technologies and how we can leverage them in our DW and BI environments. We need to know about the forces in motion that may shape the near future of those two areas in order to plan appropriately for them.

 The following month, in April, we have Michael Scofield introduce us to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Management. In May, Charles Betz will talk about Enterprise Architecture. In June, David Pilati will give us a workshop on Facilitation.

For more information on these upcoming events, please consult the Communication Director’s blog.

Dan Weller and Tom Gaffney have recently put hours of work to give our website a new look, and a more user friendly access and organization. Kudos goes to both of them for a job well done. Mehmet Orun, our program director, has a special message for you this month. Please take time to read it.

 See you on the 13th.

 François Cartier

President, SF DAMA




SF DAMA Meetings Schedule




John O’Brien
March 13, 2007
SCIF
1 South Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94103

"Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence "

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Michael Scofield

April 4, 2007
ATT
2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583


"Introduction to Geospatial Data Architecture and GIS Data Management"


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PROGRAM DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Greetings,

This month, we had the most interactive DAMA chapter meeting I can  recall as we discussed how Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) can  work in practice within companies and how data management  professionals can specifically help.  In March, we will continue  these discussions by focusing on available Business Intelligence  technologies that support SOA solutions as well as newer appliances  that can be money savers (that can also help you be recognized within  your own organization).  Then, in April, we will expand our data and  technology awareness by looking at geo/spatial data management needs.

I invite you to join and invite friends or other colleagues as well  to enrich our discussions and improve our own awareness.  The value  of dialogue was apparent in February and I am looking forward to  continuing these discussions with growing participation with your help.

With that, please pass the word of our agenda and topics. We will  update the annual program soon and if you have specific topics you  would like to see covered, please do not hesitate to contact me at 

programs@sfdama.org

Mehmet Orun
Program Director
San Francisco DAMA

John O'Brien - March 13, 2007

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8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Data Warehouses and Business Intellegence
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Continued Presentation
11:45 - 12:00 Questions and Wrap-Up
12:00 - Lunch Restaurant (to be announced at the meeting)

March 13, 2007
John O’Brien
Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence

In this presentation, John will present four specific emerging IT technologies. You will gain a better understanding of these technologies, their value proposition, and trends adopted early in many companies today that we can expect to become mainstream in the future. We will examine how each technology could affect production DWs and BI architectures, designs, operations, and strategies. This entertaining course takes a look at the latest “buzz” in technology and explores how it will shape the next generation of data warehouses and business intelligence.
• The role(s) of data warehouses in service-oriented architectures (SOA)
• About the EII technology, terminology, and applicability
• How "appliances" are changing the rules of data warehouse architecture and adding value
• The promise of GRID and utility computing

About the Presenter
John O’Brien, CBIP, is the president and executive architect of Zukeran Technologies, a firm specializing in data warehouse systems architecture and strategy. John’s 17-year career in IT and engineering is comprised of longer, in-depth engagements and provides a unique insight into data warehouse evolution. He has extensive hands-on knowledge of all phases of IT projects and architectures (particularly related to the architecture and management of ongoing growth and evolution of large-scale real-time systems and processes), further supported by a BS in engineering and an MBA.






Michael Scofield - April 4, 2007

Directions to ATT, San Ramon

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8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 Introduction to Geospatial Data Architecture and GIS Data Management
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Continued Presentation
11:45 - 12:00 Questions and Wrap-Up
12:00 - Lunch Restaurant (to be announced at the meeting)

March, 2007
Michael Scofield
Introduction to Geospatial Data Architecture and GIS Data Management

AGeographic information systems are a growing category of data assets. GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. Data include traditional maps (albeit digitalized) and components of maps (“layers”) as well a variety of image types. All these can be integrated for creating unique displays and presentation as well as some very powerful analysis of issues which are geographically-dependent.

GIS databases pose unique challenges in data management because of their complexity and unique structural requirements. While a number of standard data models have been created for specific topics (such as census, water features, transportation, and utilities) not all the data available conforms to these models. And the very nature of geography on an imperfect and not quite spherical globe introduce new challenges to achieving accuracy in positional data.

GIS analysis offers great potential in evaluating non-geographic behavior characteristics of customers and corporate assets from a geographic perspective. This is much more than the traditional questions of optimum placement of retail establishments. It includes epidemiology and environmental studies. But integrating the data presents a major challenge.

About the Presenter
Michael Scofield is Manager of Data Asset Development at ESRI, Inc. in Redlands, CA. He has made over 120 presentations in the U.S. and overseas to a wide variety of professional organizations on data quality, semantic data integration, and data management. His articles appear in a variety of journals





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