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Oct 19, 2023
Data PDX: "Benefits of Top-down Data Modeling" with SqlDBM
Google Meet

Keith Belanger, SqlDBM Product Evangelist

Keith Belanger has over 27 years experience in the Data Architecture space and started his journey as a Data Modeler in the OLTP space and eventually migrated over to the OLAP space. He has had many roles over the years including ETL Development, BI Administration, DBA & Data Architecture. He was the Senior Data Architect and Director of Data Architecture for a Fortune 100 P&C Insurance Company. He also has consulted many companies in many verticals on their Data Modernization strategies. Keith is expert in Kimball (Star Schema) & Data Vault 2.0 solution strategies. Recognized Snowflake Data Superhero and board member of the Data Vault North America User Group.

Abstract In this presentation we will explore the benefits of top-down modeling approaches and emphasize the value of top-down modeling in data warehousing and highlight the importance of ontologies. We will discuss "why" top-down models should be considered, "how" to develop these models and apply it to your data warehousing initiatives. Ultimately, encouraging the adoption of top-down modeling as a flexible and forward-looking approach that can better meet the evolving needs of businesses while delivering tangible value.

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May 19, 2023
Data PDX: "Data Modeling for Security and Compliance" with Karen Lopez
Google Meet

Karen Lopez, Data Evangelist for InfoAdvisors, Space Enthusiast, & TeamData Coach

Karen is a senior project manager and architect with an extensive background in development processes and information management. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development. She has 20+ years of public speaking (keynotes, speeches, and demonstrations). She wants attendees to have fun, gain insights and take away inspiration for working with new technologies and methods.

She’s known for her slightly irreverent and practical approach to IT training and speaking. She wants you to be part of #TEAMDATA.


Modern database systems have introduced more support for security, privacy, and compliance over the last few years. We expect this to increase as compliance issues such as GDPR and other data compliance challenges arise. In this session, Karen will be discussing the newer features from a data modelers/database designers' point of view, including:

Data Masking End-to-End encryption Row Level Security New Data Types Data Categorization and Classification

What You Will Learn

We'll look at the new database and modeling tool features, why you should consider them, where they work, where they don't. We will also discuss how to negotiate on behalf of data protection in a world of Agile, MVP, Lean and DevOps.



If you’ve paid any Data PDX or DAMA membership dues during 2019-2021 or are an employee of a corporate member, please choose Member RSVP.


RSVP for join code, this is an VIRTUAL event via Google Meet Date – Friday, May, 19th Noon – 1pm