Some of the material presented in this article was excerpted with permission from The Data Model Resource Book: A Library of Logical Data Models and Data Warehouse Designs published by John Wiley and Sons and authored by Len Silverston, W. H. Inmon and Kent Graziano.

The age of the data modeler as artisan is passing. Organizations can no longer afford the labor or time required for handcrafting data models from scratch. In response to these constraints, the age of the data modeler as engineer is dawning.

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