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The Alberta Data Architecture (ADA) Community is an informal organization of data professionals that meet regularly to discuss matters of interest to the data community, and to network with like-minded individuals. Our meetings are interactive, starting with 15-20 minutes of presentation by subject area experts, followed by an hour of discussion and Q&A between the experts and the audience. 

We follow each meeting with networking and further conversation at a nearby restaurant.   Come for the lively discussions and stay for the networking!

Please check out the Events section for a schedule of upcoming ADA Meetings and related events.

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Data Migration and Industry Standard Models - Sept 2014

Our Presenter in September was Wes Baird. Wes is currentlyproduct architect at GeoLogic Systems where he is working on a PPDM based application.With more than 25 years in the E&P sector, Mr. Baird has provided implementation services and integration expertise to mid to large

E&P companies.Recent projects have centered on implementing and integrating PPDM as either a core federated database or enterprise data warehouse. Mr. Baird’s past projects have included implementing workflows around Landmark’s OpenWorks data model, integrating a landsystem into a large E&P company and GIS design and consultancy with the PPDM organization. Spare time is spent either at the cabin waterskiing or figuring out iOS application programming.

Today’s world is all about change.And as we know, some of it is easy and we look forward to and others, well let’s just say we like to leave sleeping dogs lie.What’s your opinion about a data model change?Probably a bit of both.This talk is going to focus on the task of migrating to a new data model.Specifically, migrating to the latest release of the PPDM; 3.9.While the task of moving to a new data model is about executing on the 1’s & 0’s, it is also about process, consistency,change management and the confidence that you have reviewed the options available and made the right decision (to migrate). 


Data Virtualization - Jan 2014

Our January presenter was Paul Moxon. Paul is a senior director at Denodo Technologies ( responsible for product management and solution architecture. He is an expert in information architecture, drawing from his 20+ years of experience with leading integration companies such as Progress Software, IONA Technologies, BEA Systems, and Axway. He has also spent a number of years working as a consultant on large integration projects with companies such as Bechtel, Saudi Aramco, AT&T Wireless, and Reuters. 

 In this presentation, Paul discusses various Data Virtualization patterns, and how Data Virtualization creates an agile information architecture to handle growing volume, complexity, and heterogeneity of sources.


The Memolution - March 2014

Our March presenter was Gary Demofsky. Gary is a senior Enterprise Architect in Calgary. He is an expert in upstream petroleum data architecture, drawing from his 30+ years of experience with the Energy Resources Conservation Board and PPDM. He led the development of the world Class ERCB Corporate Database and contributed to PPDM as a data modeler and as a member of several associated groups including production, stratigraphy, reserves and “What Is a Well”.

There has been a rapid change in semiconductor capabilities for memory storage in the last few years. This has been emerging in such forms as solid state drives (SSD), which have enabled material improvements to system performance. However, we are on the cusp of even greater capabilities emerging which will completely revolutionize storage hardware performance. At the same time this seems to be little discussed in the mainstream IT media. This presentation will speculatively attempt to outline how this will affect Hardware and Data Architecture going forward.


High Performance Analytics - May 2014

Our May presenter was Marc Smith. Marc is a Principal Architect in the SAS Americas enterprise architecture practice. He works with teams across US and Canada to solve customers’ complex business problems and to drive sales through expertise in high performance analytics. Marc has been architecting, implementing, and selling Business Analytics applications and solutions for over 20 years in financial services, government, telecommunication, retail, health and life sciences, energy, mining and metallurgy industries.

 With the corporate move to leverage their data in unprecedented ways, a new convergence of analytics, data management, and visualization has emerged. Traditional ways of delivering insights through complex data management is merging with the ubiquitous BIG Data. Our data and technical architecture needs to be orchestrated in new ways, adopting open source software and low cost commodity hardware to build high performance analytic environments and accepting rapid experimentation to innovate news ways for organizations to gain value from their rich data assets. In this talk we will explore drivers to data architecture and the data management techniques that are being applied to support the new paradigm. We will discuss the importance of defining the governance models needed, and we will look at examples of what leading organizations are doing to meet these challenges today.