The Road to Creating a Workable Enterprise Data Model
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  Ivan Schotsmans   Ivan Schotsmans


Tuesday, April 29, 2014
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Level:  Intermediate

The moment your EDM, so far merely a paper reference model, is finally approved to be implemented, an interesting journey has started. You will soon realize that promoting and defending your EDM is peanuts comparing to the real implementation.

As soon as the rubber meets the road, suddenly everyone has an opinion, especially the business unit that is first impacted. They feel like guinea pigs and are likely to question the added value of your initiative. You need to convince everyone, time and time again, about the importance of your EDM.

Therefore, don’t forget the purpose of your EDM: an enterprise wide approach to bridge the gap between business and IT, faster time to market, and reducing cost and risks.

A number of key deliverables are essential to become successful:

  • Use versioning conscientiously
  • Staff up the data modelling team
  • Use your initial projects as a guide for impact analysis
  • Consider both short and long term planning
  • Training, training, training...
  • Use design workshops to create your first production version

Ivan Schotsmans is principal and founder of He has more than twenty-five years of information management experience in various industries. Ivan provided straightforward solutions to business and technical problems for International companies with a focus on data warehousing, business intelligence and information quality. He is recognized as subject matter expert in data modelling, information quality and agile business intelligence. Ivan is also (co-)founder and active member of several global organizations (TDWI Benelux Chapter, DAMA, IAIDQ…) and acted two years as Global Director for IAIDQ. He speaks at information management industry conferences and teaches on graphical facilitation, data warehousing, data modelling and new information management trends.

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