I’ve cancelled my paper.li newsletter due to the preponderance of unexpected content

I’ve had a newsletter covering the top three data modelling tools (ER/Studio, Erwin and PowerDesigner) for a few years. I have a pre-defined set of sources that should (in theory) restrict the content that gets included, to make sure the content is all relevant. That does not work the way it should – every week I have to check the content to see what has slipped through, so I can decide whether or not to remove it (even though it may appear as a headline in the email notifications).

Take today’s newsletter for example – only one out of five entries is from one of my defined sources, and I know of other qualifying content that should have been included (some it from my own website). The first four items are all shared from Twitter, and none of those tweets mention the keywords I’ve specified.

Today i went into the settings and told it to check for new content – the content was refreshed, and now it all comes from just one of my defined sources.

It’s time to ditch this newsletter and try a different approach. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has subscribed in the past.

#PowerDesigner chinwags – what topics would you like to discuss?

The chinwags have been running for a few weeks now, and we’ve discussed some interesting topics. So far, we’ve just talked about what’s on somebody’s mind at the time, there hasn’t been an agenda of any kind. I’d like at least some of the sessions to be more structured, and I’d like to involve people on the opposite side of the world to me (I’m in the UK), so I have two questions for you:

  1. would you be interested in joining a chinwag at 20:00 or 21:00 GMT on Tuesdays?
  2. what topics would you like to discuss with your fellow PowerDesigner users?

Topics can be anything you like, such as: 

  • basic usage of the tool – the tool has a lot of features, not all of them very obvious to new users
  • support for SAP platforms or cloud databases
  • data governance
  • model-driven development
  • scripting and customisation
  •  etc.

If you’re an expert on a topic and you’d like to volunteer to talk about it, don’t hold back :).

If we need an expert on any particular topic I’ll find one.

To make suggestions or find out more about the chinwags, go to https://metadatajunkie.wordpress.com/pd-chinwags/. If you prefer to use the SAP Community, go to https://answers.sap.com/questions/13044749/what-topics-would-you-like-to-talk-about-in-the-po.html instead.

Join @MetadataJunkie for regular PowerDesigner chinwags

In these days of lockdown and working from home, the feeling of isolation from your peers can be considerable. Well, you’re not alone – join George McGeachie (@MetadataJunkie) for the new, regular, chinwag sessions.

The PowerDesigner chinwag sessions are your opportunity to discuss any topic related to SAP PowerDesigner. There are two one-hour sessions each week and you can participate as often as you want to.  Join us for 10 minutes or stay for the full hour.

  • earlier chinwags – Monday 10:00 GMT to 11:00 GMT
  • later chinwags – Wednesday 14:00 GMT to 15:00 GMT

Click here to find out more

Click here if you prefer a personal 30-minute one-to-one chinwag with George McGeachie