#LinkedIn is a really useful tool, so why don’t people use it better?

Don’t you find that some people just don’t know how to use Linked In properly? Here’s an example – this morning someone from a company selling Data Quality software sent me this Linked In message:

I’m writing this email to introduce our innovative Data Quality Software products that help you maintain clean and accurate data and also helps you to comply with the GDPR & CCPA acts.
The capabilities of our products are:
• DQAM and DQRM: Analyze, track, and resolve your data quality issues
• SDD: Discovers & protects sensitive data of your business and avoids hefty fines imposed by the applicable privacy laws.
Explore more capabilities of our products @ https://usmsystems.com/data-quality-solutions/.
I would like to explore more benefits that exist with our data quality products. Please let us know your availability for a quick intro call

What a complete waste of their time and mine – why didn’t they spend 5 seconds on linked In, just to see how many employees my company has? A company with one employee is not going to buy Data Quality software!



Looking for recommendations for an online #training #platform #Dataversity #Udemy

I want to convert my existing software training courses into online training, which is straightforward enough (though it will take some time, as I’m picky about the quality of what I deliver). There are some obvious platforms I could use:

  • Dataversity – well-known to many of us in Information Management for their conferences and webinars, and they host online training as well
  • Udemy – hosts a multitude of training courses on a multitude of topics. They have a lot of very useful guidance for building courses

If anyone can recommend another platform, I’d be grateful. Here’s what I’d like it to do for me:

  • handle payments for me
  • support a subscription model
    • allowing someone access to all my training (or specified courses) for a period, perhaps a month, a year, or longer
  • allow customers to download resources, such as the model output from a session
  • quizzes
  • certification paths – e.g. do courses 1 to 4 and get a certificate
  • bundling multiple courses for a discount
  • support a mixture of technologies
    • PowerPoint
    • Videos

There’s probably some more, but that’ll do for now.

Catching up on the backlog of papers – I’ve added my 2010 EDW presentation on generating XML Schemas from models

Looking at the amount of material I prepared for this 2010 presentation, I do wonder how I possibly thought I could do it justice in just one hour, including two live product demonstrations 

When I first came across XML Schemas, I was struck by their simplicity and versatility. When I saw how some people use them, I realised that the days of unmanaged COBOL copybooks had returned to haunt me.

This was my attempt to exorcise the XML demon. For this relaunch on my blog I’ve added back the hidden slides, and added a few notes – it’s still essentially the 2010 presentation, so it’s likely that some of my comments on tool capabilities are out of date.

Click here to view – Papers

Now I’m back in the #PowerDesigner world, I’ve started adding my presentations to my blog

Last October I posted a link to the presentation that I gave at data Modelling Zone in Dusseldorf last year – it’s been uploaded to SlideShare, and several people have told me they’re not allowed to access SlideShare at work, asking me to post it on my blog instead.

I should have done this before – no excuses, though I could say it’s because I had a spell where I was fully-employed to do something other than talk about PowerDesigner up to last week. Anyway, I’ve added a new section to my blog – look for ‘Papers’ at the top of the screen, or click here – https://metadatajunkie.wordpress.com/papers/. It works when I try it, so tell me if it doesn’t work for you.