Data Vault Ensemble Modeling

Universal Business Glossaries and Data Models

Len Silverston, Universal Data Models

Having clear, consistent, enterprise-wide, and agreed upon business glossary, terms and models can have a huge effect in improving productivity, facilitating more effective communications, decreasing costs of systems development and maintenance, increasing data quality, and enhancing systems integration.

Yet, so many organizations struggle to develop a commonly accepted vocabulary of business terms and models.

This presentation provides tools and techniques to jump-start development of a business glossaries as well as associated data models using ‘universal’ constructs.

We will discuss case studies of organizations that successfully used these tools and developed a common business glossary as well as agreed upon models.

In this information, fun, and interactive seminar, you will learn:

  • The greatest challenges regarding developing a Universal business glossary and common models from decades of past experiences
  • How to jump-start development of a business glossary saving huge costs and time
  • 15 important guidelines for developing definitions within the business glossary or for use in developing data model definitions
  • ‘Universal’ data constructs/models for business functions and how this relates to glossaries and business data models

Len Silverston is a best-selling author, consultant, and speaker with over 30 years of experience helping organizations in various data governance and data management programs. Mr. Silverston is an internationally acclaimed expert and thought leader in the fields of data governance, data modeling, data management, and in the human dynamics of integrating information. He has helped many organizations successfully implement data governance programs, for example, from 2010 through 2012, he guided and provided data governance consulting for his client who won the 2012 Data Governance Best Practice Award.

He is the author of The Data Model Resource Book series (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), which describe hundreds of reusable data models. The volume 1 book was rated #12 on the Computer Literacy Best Seller List and his volume 1 and 2 books have been translated into Chinese and in 2009, he co-authored “The Data Model Resource Book, Volume 3, Universal Patterns for Data Modeling”, which has been into Korean. Mr. Silverston has published many articles and has been a keynote speaker at many international data conferences. He is the winner of the DAMA (Data Administration Management Association) International Professional Achievement Award and the DAMA International Community Award. He has given many keynotes and has received the highest speaker rating at several international conferences. Mr. Silverston’s company, Universal Data Models, LLC, provides consulting, training, publications, and software to enable information integration.