There have been several recent articles and books published concerning universal data models which are reusable models for common data constructs and industry applications (see DM Review, January, March, May and July 2002, and The Data Model Resource Books, Volumes 1 and 2, Wiley 2002), but how can one use these templates or universal data models to really make a difference?

These models can be used as a tool to quickly develop quality database designs by reusing commonly available data models which are applicable to the enterprise's requirements and customizing the details for the application at hand. However, there is another purpose for many of these models – they provide practical designs and insights for integrating data, thus providing enterprises with powerful enterprise-wide information.

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