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  • Where does XML fit?

    I have been working on the 2nd Edition of Data Modeling Made Simple, and the last chapter addresses several new challenges including this one on XML: Here is a subset of a recipe XML document: <recipe name=”bread”> <ingredient amount=”4″ unit=”cup”>Flour</ingredient> <ingredient amount=”10″ unit=”tablespoons”>Yeast</ingredient> <ingredient amount=”2″ unit=”...

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    Steve Hoberman
  • Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

    The model below is an example of an Event and Event Line concept, a familiar structure in many of our organizations. Each of these entities contains data elements that are not shown on this model as well as other relationships that are not shown such as...

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  • Agile Enterprise Data Modeling, an oxymoron?

    Ok, so you have heard of the oxymoron Jumbo Shrimp, but have you heard of Agile Enterprise Data Modeling? Recently in a training class we were discussing how to build an enterprise data model and I heard myself say the phrase “agile enterprise data modeling”.  Is...

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    Steve Hoberman
  • Data Modeling in the Cloud

    Cloud computing is the outsourcing of hardware, software, and network, allowing us to view and change information through web browsers without knowing or caring where everything including the actual data reside. From a data perspective, I find the Cloud concept fascinating. It is extremely challenging for...

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  • Who owns the data model?

    A rapidly-growing organization has a team of skilled developers that are tasked with building and maintaining operational and reporting applications. In the absence of data modelers and data architects, these developers also do the data modeling. So Sadie the developer for example, receives a request to...

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