Data Modeling versus Data Standards, Two Unfriendly Concepts

Data Modeling versus Data Standards, Two Unfriendly Concepts

Bill Stallings, CNO Financial Group

When approaching an unsuspecting pile of data, you have two ways of handling it: the top down approach of applying a data model to it; or the bottom up approach of data modeling. Which is easier? Which is appropriate? As a newbie to the world of Data Modeling, I was intrigued by the question. Which is better and more efficient? Is it better to make the data fit the model or the modeling fit the data?  We will talk about the pros and cons of both approaches and see if one is better than another.

About the Speaker

Bill has been in the Information Technology business for over 30 years spending eleven years at the CNO Financial Group. There he has spent the last year as a Data Architect and before that he spent 10 years as CNO’s ACORD Data Architect. Before coming to CNO, Bill had worked in locations as diverse as Allstate Insurance, the University of Tennessee, The Belt Railway of Chicago, Precision Extrusions, and the Committee of Finance for the City of Chicago. Bill holds a Bachelor Arts in Physics and History from Otterbein College and a Master of Science in Physics, Astronomy and Geology from Michigan State University. Bill holds the ACORD Certified Expert (ACE) from the ACORD Corporation and, he is a Fellow, Life Management Institute from Life Office Management Association. In addition he holds seven other certifications from Life Office Management Association and is a Certified Data Management Professional. Bill received the ACORD Individual Leadership Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  In 2016 he received the first Volunteer of the Year given by ACORD. Bill lives with his wife of 38 years, Margaret, and their four cats in Hobart, Indiana. He has two daughters and twin grandchildren.