The Data Warrior

Changing the world, one data model at a time. How can I help you?

New Year, New Name, Same Mission

Happy New Year!

Looks like it will be another busy one. So, let’s get going!

Yes, I just changed the name of my blog from “Oracle Data Warrior” to “The Data Warrior.”

Why?

Well, for one, my company name is Data Warrior LLC, so it seemed to make sense.

Plus over the last few years quite a few of you that I see at conferences and such, simply call me “data warrior”. As in,

Hey, Data Warrior, how’s the battle going?

And after a some recent conversations and pondering, I realized that, while I am an Oracle ACE Director, and a fan of Oracle databases and tools, the things I write about and the work I do, is really database agnostic.

Think about it…

Regardless of the database, or data modeling tool, good design principles,  architecture, and standards transcend the technology.

Third normal form

Dimensional

Data Vault

Anchor

There are standards and best practices that are applied in developing all of these models that have nothing to do with technology. (Yes, implementing them efficiently is another story).

Some of my favorite topics, like FKs in data warehouses, and naming standards, are somewhat philosophical, and apply in many situations.

But never fear, you will still see posts on my favorite tool, SQL Developer Data Modeler,  and reports from all the main Oracle events (RMOUG, ODTUG, OOW).

And there will be the occasional rants about badly behaving data models and data modelers.

And of course Data Vault, Agile BI, and varying forms of virtualization.

Plus the occasion inspirational quote.

So while the name has changed, the content will not; the mission will not.

My mission is still to Change the World, One Data Model at a Time.

Let’s see what the year will bring us.

Kent

The Data Warrior

P.S. Look for future posts about upcoming talks I am giving, and at least one surprise new offering.

 

Are you ready to learn something new in 2015?

We all know the saying:

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear

My advice is to empty your cup, daily, so that when the teacher appears you will recognize them.

Unless we are humble in our hearts and in our spirit, we are not open to new things and to learning. The teacher we need may be standing right in front of us the entire time, and yet we may miss the opportunity to learn from them because we are not open to the possibility that they may have something to teach us.

Always be ready to learn.

Happy New Year!

Kent

The Data Warrior

P.S. If your organization is ready to learn how to better organize and understand their data, then lets talk and see if I can help.

Data Warrior 2014 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Not as many posts as 2013 (I was way busy), but sure got a lot more traffic than I realized!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 58,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Early Christmas Present: Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 Beta is here! (Still FREE)

Just saw this tweet from Oracle Product Manager Ashly Chen:

Get thee to the site and download away!

Did I say, it is FREE?

(Do remember it is BETA as use it accordingly)

Cheers!
Kent
The Oracle Data Warrior

Live from #OTW14: Worst Data Warehouse Design Practices

Back in September at the now annual OakTable world (OTW) at Oracle OpenWorld, I was privileged to give a talk where I ranted a bit about some of the worst data warehouse design mistakes that I have seen.

Well, if you missed out, now you can see that talk thanks to Kyle Hailey who had all the OTW talks videoed. This week, he tweeted that the video was ready for viewing.

So if you missed the talk, or just want to see it again, check it out!

Kent

The Oracle Data Warrior

P.S. If you would like to have me do this very fun presentation at your company or meeting, I would be happy to discuss arrangements with you. You know how to find me so drop me a comment, email, tweet, FB, DM, or even call :-)

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