Infinuendo to present at Data Modeling Zone – Berlin and Portland – October 2016

Infinuendo will be presenting at the two upcoming Data Modeling Zone conferences – Berlin, Germany, 11 October 2016, and Portland, Oregon, 19 October 2016.

Cliff will be be speaking on the topic of “How to compose a fact-based model into any kind of schema” at both conferences.

Here is the abstract of the talk:

Fact-based modeling is not just a powerful business communication tool, it is the one true ring of power for the data modeler. By working with a fully decomposed schema in “elementary form”, we avoid making a commitment to any particular kind of composite schema. This presentation will show how different composition rules applied to a fact-based schema will generate an entity-relational, star, snowflake, hierarchical, object-oriented, XML or graph schema.

Cliff will also be presenting a workshop on the topic of “Business Information Modeling using the fact-based approach” at the Portland conference.

Most modeling languages are effective for communicating only with people who have been trained to read and interpret the details. However, fact-based languages are deeply rooted in natural speech. They build a complete vocabulary for the business – not just a glossary of terms – and can be used directly with untrained business personnel. This radically improves the depth and breadth of the business dialogue.

As each new fact is encountered, the modeler adds appropriate elements to an Object Role Model diagram, which makes it easy to verbalize to natural language. Alternatively, the new fact can be expressed directly in the structured natural language form of the Constellation Query Language, which is immediately readable to business users but can also be understood by the computer. This makes it possible to describe any factual situation precisely, to ask or answer any factual question, and to elaborate detailed business rules about possible or allowable situations.

This presentation will introduce you to the approach and to these two languages, peeking at the respective software tools which generate physical schemas. A group exercise will challenge you to apply it to model a sample problem. The attendee will learn to use verbalization and fact-based analysis to understand any subject material, and to communicate it at a deep conceptual level with those less expert in the field.

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Graeme Port