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The Changing Nature of Data Modeling - Matt Estes

  • January 08, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Best Western Executive Inn - 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle


  • Includes keynote presentation, dinner and materials. Current DAMA-PS membership required.
  • Includes keynote presentation, dinner and materials. Discounts available for DAMA-PS members.
  • Includes keynote presentation and materials.

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The Changing Nature of Data Modeling


By Matt Estes

Director of Architecture at the Walt Disney Company 


Substantial paradigm shifts are happening in technology that have profound effects on data management. In particular, those of us that provide data modeling find ourselves at a crossroads. Cloud computing, big data and NoSQL have implications on the way we deliver our craft. Technology deployment models, the variety and format of data that requires modeling, how projects are carried out, who carries them out – all of these aspects necessitate that we rethink how we go about our work and what we need from the tools we use. Please join me as we explore these changes, the implications on our craft and steps that we can take to prepare ourselves and our vendors for a game change that is already in progress. 


Matt Estes has been working with data in one form or another for his entire professional career. He currently holds the position of Director of Architecture at The Walt Disney Company. Matt has been with Disney for 14 years, working in their Operations, Platform Engineering and Architecture groups. Prior to Disney, Matt held positions at Washington State University (WSU) and, Campfire Boys and Girls USA. Matt is on the Board of Directors for the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) and is the chair of the ODCA Data Services Working Group.  Matt has been influential with several of the data modeling tool vendors. He was a member of Embarcadero's Product Advisory Council for 5 years and has also worked with Platinum, CA and IBM on their modeling toolset. Matt attended Washington State University where he studied Music Performance and Music Theory & Composition. After joining the workforce full-time, Matt pursued graduate work in Management of Technology through Kennedy-Western University. Matt is a native of the Pacific Northwest and continues to reside here with wife and two children.

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