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Conceptual Data Modeling: Defining Our Data

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August 13th, 2010 9:30 PM

1109 Patrick F. Taylor Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803

1109 Patrick F. Taylor Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Data modeling is the process of defining structure for data. Some systems might make this seem like something that occurs in a deep well at midnight with water-soluble markers, but a well defined data model can provide greater system longevity, less complexity in application and reporting development, better capability for performance improvements, and less long-term volatility. This session will discuss concepts of data modeling, signs of a well defined model, technical and non-technical benefits we can use for approaching different audiences, and some of the tools we can use in different stages of modeling. We'll wrap up with a practical example of converting business language into the first stages of a conceptual data model.

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