DAMA - Portland Metro Chapter
May, 2015 Chapter Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

Call for Speakers

The annual DAMA day conference will be in Portland on October 2015 and the call for presenters is now open. If you have great ideas, must-hear best practices for your industry or field, or strong technical, practical skills you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. The deadline for proposal is April 30. If you would like to be a participating sponsor for this event, please let us know.


Announcement: Jan & Feb 2014 Chapter Meeting Presentation

1. Data Mining for Data Modeler by Asoka Diggs

2. Tell a Better Story: Ignite Change

3. Implementing a Data-Centric Strategy & Roadmap - Focus on What Really Matters

4. Data Management Maturity Model


Legacy and Enterprise Modeling in an Agile Environment

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Presented by:

Alain Knechtli

Data Architect

Gap Inc.


Many organizations are stuck with a plethora of disparate systems. This presentation will address GAP Inc.’s response to the challenge of bringing together metadata under a common framework for reporting and management. It will also include a forward looking strategy for incorporating new or narrowly technologies into the metadata framework.


  • Agile Logical modeling?
  • What’s left to model? Measuring the metadata backlog
  • When is a model just barely good enough?
  • Ubiquitous language - Dealing with synonyms, and dialects
  • Managing technical debt when there are discrepancies across applications and domains
  • Modeling services
  • Modeling new technologies
How do legacy systems implement the Enterprise Logical Model?


Speaker Bio:














Alain Knechtli


Alain Knechtli is a seasoned data architect with over 30 years of experience across many facets of information technology. In the data architecture and metadata sphere, a partial list of Alain's clients includes GE, Cisco, Netflix, and Gap Inc. Alain is currently playing a key role in Gap Inc.'s endeavor to expand the traditional modeling paradigm to include non-traditional sources and environments. His leadership has enabled the creation of a modeling framework that includes legacy and new applications in an agile environment. He has facilitated the evolution of data architecture from a 'bottleneck' to a 'facilitator' of rapid, incremental development.



Event Details


May 19, 2015


8:00 - 8:30 am - Sign In
8:30 - 9:45 am - Presentation
9:45 - 10:00 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
10:00 - 11:00 am - Presentation continued


Standard Insurance Building

900 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

(Take the escalator at the entry down one level to the meeting room)


Free for members!
$15 for guests
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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 22:33

Welcome to Dama Portland

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association is a not-for-profit, vendor independent,professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.